As cyclists, there are a handful of apps that reign supreme. Depending on the brand of cycling computer you use to track your rides, you likely either have Garmin Connect, Polar Flow or Wahoo ELEMNT downloaded to your phone. Take this one step further, and your data from these apps is pushed to Strava—the most popular cycling-related app out there. It's perfect for keeping track of your rides and yearly totals, and allows you to compete against local cyclists (and your friends) for KOMs and leaderboard standings.
Surprisingly though, the App Store (or Google Play) offers more than just apps for people who like to ride bikes—and many of which are perfect complements for cyclists that are deep in a training block.
From yoga-related apps to sleep trackers and everything in-between, here are seven of our favorite non-cycling apps for cyclists.
Ready to get bendy? Counteract the repetitive motion of pedaling a bicycle with Daily Yoga, an app that offers guided yoga classes for both beginners and advanced yogis. Choose a class that aligns with your personal fitness goals and timeframe, follow the instructor's directions, and keep track of your practice—all within the app itself.
Sorry gents, this one is for the ladies. Boasting the title of the most downloaded Health & Fitness app in the App Store, Flo is an ovulation calendar, period tracker and pregnancy app that allows you to log over 70 symptoms to get precise period and ovulation predictions. Pair this with the health assistant and the daily health insights, and you'll be able to understand your body and adapt depending on where you're at in the month.
We're bending the rules a bit with this one. While Pear has a cycling component to the app, it's most-commonly used for its world-class running and HIIT workouts. Pear features real-time, hands-free personal training to help you reach (and track) your fitness goals, with each workout adapting to your individual performance and cumulating toward an end result.
As cyclists, we know what we put into our bodies can have a huge impact on overall performance. MyFitnessPal is an app developed by Under Armour that's a fitness tracker, workout calendar and diet tracker all rolled up into one. Recording what you eat on a daily basis can be a chore, but MyFitnessPal makes it easy by including a barcode scanner and a library of preloaded foods with calorie info and serving sizes.
Insight Timer – Meditation App
Join over 10 million people who meditate to disconnect and think about something other than watts for a few minutes each day with Insight Timer. It's a free meditation app where you can pick from guided meditations or a timer with relaxing music, and it's a great way to calm your mind, reflect on your day and get refocused for your next effort.
Couch to 5K
This is a bit of a shameless plug, but it's been proven that low-impact sports like cycling can have a potentially negative effect on bone density. While running may not be where your true passions lie, the Couch to 5K is a beginner-friendly way to ease yourself into the running scene with guided workouts that start as simple as walking.
There's nothing worse than the jolt you feel when your alarm goes off in the morning. The Sleep Cycle app monitors your sleep patterns and gently wakes you up when you're in a light sleep. It's a useful tool for understanding your sleep patterns, and it doesn't require any wearable devices or tools to get detailed analysis of your nightly shut-eye.
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