Since having knee surgery in October, I have been going to physical therapy two to three times a week. Getting back to the gym and working out normally is something I would love to be able to do. However, I would love nothing more than to be at the gym again. With a second knee surgery in April, it will be a little while until I can get back to working out the way I used to. I’m not letting that discourage me though! Workout apps to the rescue! I may not be able to do 30 or 40 minutes of cardio right now, but I can work on my core!
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Do You Work Out?
Prior to October, I was working out three to four days a week. I loved how I was feeling and felt like I was getting into pretty decent shape. That all stopped on October 10th when I had knee surgery. From that point to the present, I have been in physical therapy, working hard to get as strong as possible for knee surgery part two that is scheduled in April. So, as you can imagine, I am really looking forward to getting back to my normal workout regime.
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Like I said before, I am dying to get back to the gym and do my cardio routine. Since that’s not possible right now, I started looking through the App Store to see what workout apps were available. More specifically, apps that were available to work your core. Guess what! There are TONS of workout apps. Someone told me about the Sworkit app. The main app has a membership cost to it, however, they have an ab & core workouts app. That is the one that I have on my phone and have been doing for two weeks now.
So How Does it Work?
When starting the app, you choose one of the three workout types to focus one; your abs, your back or your complete core. Next you choose how long you want to work out for. Since I have very little time and, embarrassingly, my abs and core are very weak, I have been focusing on just 5 minutes a day. Let me tell you, my abs and back are feeling it! Best of all, I feel like I am doing something again!
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The main things I like about this app is the fact that a voice tells you what each exercise is (along with a visual of how to do the exercise), and then you have a countdown for each exercise. So, when you are just about to give up, you can see that you only have 8 more seconds! The exercises change, so you aren’t always doing the same thing over and over again, day in and day out!
So…while I would love to get back to the gym and do what I normally do, I am very happy that there are workout apps available to use when the gym can’t be a reality at the moment! A word of advice, and you may already do this, but when you are looking at the various workout apps in the App Store, gravitate towards those that have a lot of reviews. I’ve found, with these apps especially, that the more reviews, the better!