Summer season is upon us and while sweating is a great pastime it’s not enough to keep fitness goals on point. Weekends at the cottage are a recipe for relaxation, but between the odd canoe and kayak adventure it’s easy to slip into becoming a softie, with endless BBQ’s and beers it’s a little too tempting to stick to water and carrot sticks. The best way to keep in shape is to stay in shape, and while I always log some km’s up in cottage country, I need to train to keep my core and strength up to par. I have long championed the awesome portability of the amazing NTC app from Nike, but after a recent upgrade I’m now singing it’s praises- it’s truly everything you need to keep on track and motivated, with oodles of upgrades and more workouts than you can shake a (marshmallow) stick at.
I was treated to a preview of the app and was pretty stoked to see how intuitive the app is. It’s plugged right into your Nike run app, so there’s no guesswork on your activity level or bouncing back and forth between apps to see what you’ve been up to. Since I play sports- golf, baseball, swimming, you name it- it’s all in there too. I can log all those activities and make sure I have a handle on my exercise (and not a handle on my love handles).
You can also download your fave workouts so no wifi = no problem, a huge problem for me in the past when I’ve been visiting friends in the great outdoors. An in-app coach can be initialized to give you a schedule of workouts- you choose if you’re in the gym, using your own body weight and your workout goals. Choose how many days a week and it’ll all boot right into the app- sending you reminders and nudges to keep you on track. Moves can be viewed before you start the workout, so if it’s a burpee party and you’re not feeling it, you can always shift things around and make adjustments.
Another cool feature is Club section. Search popular Nike hashtags and get caught up in what the community is doing- a surefire way of catching momentum if you’re having an off (lazy) day. The Nike peeps have put careful thought into the nitty gritty points of this app- I’m so excited to not only stay in shape this season but also keep tabs on my progress no matter where I’ll be!!