7 Must-Have Physical Fitness Apps

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7 Must-Have Physical Fitness Apps

Having trouble getting your child to stay active? Here are several apps you can use to make fitness fun at home.
 
1. Bit Breaker 

Bit Breaker is best-used solo and employs a strict lateral and jump regimen. Your movement controls an ‘Atari’ type of paddle on the bottom of the screen to control the bounce of a ball that is perpetually moving. This app uses software to track your movement through the camera lens.  Great for a warm-up.

2. Dungeon Runner
Dungeon Run is designed to be used solo but can accommodate groups of 2-4 students in front of the iPad ‘running’ through a dungeon.  Your ‘Hero’ is running through a dungeon and overcomes challenges when you perform exercises (jumping jacks, burpees, etc). that use software to track your movement through the camera lens.  Great for a warm-up. 
  
3. Sworkit for Kids is a self-programming exercise app.  Students model the body weight exercises on the iPad: it’ll be a random mix of exercises depending on the topic: stretching, agility, strength. 
 
4. Yoga Studio by Gaiam is an excellent Yoga resource.  While you can program your own ‘flows’ there are dozens of different ‘flows’ already ready for download. In addition, each pose is available to study in a photograph.
 
5. My Incredible Body is a great resource to show how the human body functions.  You can literally move in and out of a computer-generated 3D illustration. With the push of a button, you can make the musculature appear or disappear, same with the vascular system, digestive system, skeletal structure, etc.  This is a great resource to show students what muscles they are working and stretching.  Two other similar apps are Anatomy 4D and Living Lung.  
 
6. SloPro is an incredible video app that will record a student/athlete at 60 frames/ second.  This is a great self-assessment tool for helping a young athlete move properly: whether it’s a soccer kick, baseball swing, or proper form when sprinting.  No coach should be without SloPro.  Even better, with such video apps (there are many) a good PE program should have an ‘iPad’ corner with an iPad set up on a tripod for students or coaches to use during class. 
 
7. Jump It is a great resource for students to use when exploring different jumping patterns to try.
 
Physical activity can be fun and accessible and with technology, you can motivate your child to stay fit, too!