Best Fitness Apps for Busy Parents

Let’s face it, being a parent is an exhausting job, and you rarely get time off, if at all. Going to the gym is a real challenge for a lot of busy parents, but your health shouldn’t suffer just because you’re raising children.

Don’t have the time for 30-minute workouts? Can’t leave the house to exercise? Don’t have any workout equipment at home? Can’t afford to spend more than $10 a month for a gym membership (or can’t afford it at all)?

No worries, you can be a busy parent AND accomplish your fitness goals with the help of fitness apps! Check out the list of our favorite fitness apps (two are free!) that should help you achieve your fitness goals below.


Price: $29.99 per quarter or $79.99 per year
App Stores: Apple and Android
If your goal is to start exercising at home or at a park nearby, this app is the personal coach your fitness journey needs. SWORKIT is a highly-rated fitness app that offers a ton of pre-made workouts that can be performed without any equipment. The app features video clips of the movements, audio coaching, fitness plans created by personal trainers and the ability to create custom workouts.


Price: $9.99 per month or $89.99 per year
App Stores: Apple and Android
Have the world’s best trainers at your fingertips with Jillian Michael’s health and fitness app. Hundreds of workout videos – enjoyed by beginners and gym rats alike – can be watched on a wide variety of platforms and devices. Categorized by trainer or target areas, the fitness videos include yoga, dance, prenatal and postnatal, pilates, indoor cycling and weight lifting workouts.


Price: Free
App Stores: Apple and Android
Attention runners, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts, Strava is a free app made just for you! This free fitness app helps you track your runs or other outdoor activities (it even works with almost all GPS running watches and activity trackers), provides an interactive map of your route, offers monthly personal challenges and has an interactive social element where you can follow friends, view their activities and send them words of encouragement.

Daily Burn

Price: $19.95 per month
App Stores: Apple and Android
Are you a daily exerciser looking for an app that offers a different workout every day? Then Daily Burn is for you. This fitness app’s features also include one live workout per day, a custom workout plan that is in alignment with your fitness goals and preferences, live chat features with other members, as well as more than 600 workout videos that vary in time, length, and intensity.

Wahoo 7 Minute Workout

Price: Free
App Stores: Apple and Android
Hey, not all of us want to pay a monthly fee for a great fitness app, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Another amazing free fitness app, the Wahoo 7 Minute Workout app offers 7-minute high-intensity interval workouts that can be performed anywhere, without any equipment or Internet. If you’re really strapped for time, this app is what you need to elevate your fitness journey.

Booya Fitness

Price: $9.99 for one month, $26.99 for three months, or $99.99 for a year of basic service.
App Stores: Apple only
No need for an expensive gym membership or a personal trainer when you have the Booya Fitness app. For a great deal, this app will create a workout plan that is best suited to each member’s needs and sends members daily instructional emails for that day’s workout. There are tons of workout videos for all types of fitness genres and even the opportunity to receive expert advice on fitness nutrition, workout apparel and other healthy topics.

If you’re a busy parent who keeps breaking your new year’s resolution to exercise more, or if you are just looking to begin working on your summer beach body, then we hope you can find a fitness app to help encourage you, guide you and teach you proper movements (Be sure to take advantage of any free trial offers). For more information about active lifestyles and fitness, check out Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups’ articles.

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