This back-to-basics plan counts down 60 seconds of simple stretches that you can do discreetly anywhere. (Hand squeezes and foot flexes are good in meetings.) A clever “secret” mode allows you to easily minimize the screen in case your boss swings by. Free; iPhone only

Illustration by Clay Hickson

This back-to-basics plan counts down 60 seconds of simple stretches that you can do discreetly anywhere. (Hand squeezes and foot flexes are good in meetings.) A clever “secret” mode allows you to easily minimize the screen in case your boss swings by. Free; iPhone only

Illustration by Clay Hickson

Nine Workout Apps for a Variety of Fitness Goals

1-Minute Desk Workout
1-Minute Desk Workout

This back-to-basics plan counts down 60 seconds of simple stretches that you can do discreetly anywhere. (Hand squeezes and foot flexes are good in meetings.) A clever “secret” mode allows you to easily minimize the screen in case your boss swings by. Free; iPhone only

Illustration by Clay Hickson
Map My Fitness
Map My Fitness

Track your running, hiking, and cycling according to pace, distance, calories burned, and more. You can also design or pick a preplanned interactive route for pretty much any outdoor activity using your smartphone’s GPS, then map the path in real time. The app syncs up well with Fitbit, Nike+, and other workout gadgets. Free; iPhone and Android

Illustration by Clay Hickson
Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout
Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout

The exercise physiologist behind a high-intensity interval-training sequence that went viral in 2013 developed this app. Cycle through 12 simple, 30-second moves such as jumping jacks and tricep dips, with a 10-second break between each, using nearby walls, chairs, and floors. Free; iPhone and Android

Illustration by Clay Hickson
Custom WOD
Custom WOD

Create a CrossFit-like workout outside those grunt-filled garages by inputting the equipment you have available (e.g., dumbbells and jump rope) and your space (pool, office wall, etc.). Out comes a Paleo-friendly directive that takes 10 minutes. Free; iPhone only

Illustration by Clay Hickson
Runtastic Six Pack Abs
Runtastic Six Pack Abs

Lifelike avatars in short HD videos take you through mat routines that become progressively harder as weeks pass. The sorta-creepy guide helps you check your form and shames you into sticking to the training plan. The app also offers 99¢ playlists that keep you moving with dance remixes of top-40 hits. Free; iPhone and Android

Illustration by Clay Hickson
Barre3
Barre3

The low-impact, ballet barre-style videos last only 10 minutes, but they get muscles quaking. All you need is waist-level support such as a chair or desk to perform graceful moves. Healthy recipes and mindfulness podcasts are included. $4.99; iPhone only

Illustration by Clay Hickson
StrengthCalc
StrengthCalc

Don’t want to fumble with math in the weight room? This calculates how many reps you must lift to add, say, a pound of muscle mass. Choose from beginner, intermediate, and advanced sequences if you want to become a better bodybuilder; there are modes for achieving personal goals and others that train for weightlifting competitions. Then just plug in your lift numbers, weight, and age to monitor strength progression. 99¢; iPhone only

Illustration by Clay Hickson
Nike Training Club
Nike Training Club

Choose from 100 full-body sessions in 15-, 30-, or 45-minute increments (some with Nike-sponsored athletes like Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams), or select a targeted four-week schedule, such as Get Lean or Get Strong. Most of these include videos, or you can stream music through the app from your own library during workouts. Link it with Nike+ to measure progress. Free; iPhone and Android

Illustration by Clay Hickson
Track Yoga
Track Yoga

These Hatha-style sessions for beginner to intermediate users are organized by theme—stress relief, bedtime, energy, balance, and more. Download a video class, choose specific postures, or create a structured program that helps you reach particular goals such as improving flexibility or toning muscles. Free; iPhone only

Illustration by Clay Hickson