Fitness apps! They're everywhere and offer the promise of keeping us on focus and on task with our health goals.
It’s 2022 and many of us made resolutions to eat better and work out. At this point many of us have also discovered just how difficult that can be. At the end of the day, eating better and getting our bodies moving is good for us, but it’s not always a priority when times get stressful. Luckily, we have a lot of technology that can help us maximise our workouts and make eating healthy easy! Did you get a new Apple Watch that you're anxious to try out on the track? Now's your chance
That being said, there is a literal avalanche of fitness apps to wade through. Don’t fret! We’ve scoured the app stores and found the best of the best.
iPhone rating: 4.8/5 Android rating: 4.7/5
Some people are born to run marathons but some people need a little more motivation. That’s where Zombies, Run! can help. This app was created to make running more fun and that’s exactly what it does. This app is a story based program that tells the story of a runner who is tasked with finding various supplies during an apocalyptic zombie outbreak. You can even use the supplies you collect to upgrade an in-app fort. Zombies, Run! Also has a couch to 5K program and syncs up with Spotify and other music apps so that you can listen to your own music during breaks in the story.
Map My Run
iPhone rating: 4.7/5 Android rating: 4.8/5
Map My Run has been one of the most consistently top rated workout apps for years. It offers an easy to use interface that tracks and keeps all of your running routes in one place. It also has many opportunities to share your runs with other people. Many find this to be a great way to hold themselves accountable for their work outs! The free version of Map My Run allows you to track your workouts and progression towards your goals and it also has free workouts. Most users suggest paying the $30 yearly fee (or $5.99 a month) for the MVP version. The upgraded version comes with free coaching, no ads and offers more bio tracking.
8 Fit Fitness App
iPhone rating: 4.7/5 Android rating: 4.5/5
8fit is an app that aims to help you improve your overall health. 8fit helps you track your eating, workouts and mental well being. They offer 3 main trackers; one for workouts, one for nutrition and one for daily steps. They help guide you in setting an attainable goal in all three areas and offers support for those goals. 8fit includes HIT workouts, Yoga workouts and bodyweight workouts. It’s a little pricey at $60 a year, but they do offer a free trial and the app’s high ratings suggest that most people agree that the price is worth it for those services.
My Fitness Pal
iPhone rating: 4.7/5 Android rating: 4.5/5
My Fitness Pal has been on the market for years because it works! There is a free version that allows you to just track your calories, but the paid version is where this app really shines. After your free trial you can pay $80 a year or $20 per month. This might seem a little high, but users say this app really works! The paid version unlocks the ability to track your nutrition by protein, fat and carbs. It also gives you the option to automatically track the calories you lose during your workouts. When you first sign up, it will walk you through setting nutrition and workout goals for you and your lifestyle. It then generates workouts and recipes to help you meet those goals!
Nike Training Club
iPhone rating: 4.9/5 Android rating: 4.5/5
Nike Training Club is an app that allows you to track your workouts and access routines that are used by real athletes! It allows you to filter workouts by muscle group, workout type and equipment required. This allows you to create the perfect personalised workout. It also comes with plans that target specific goals. Just like My Fitness Pal, you will be prompted to answer some questions about your health and what you want to improve. It then recommends single workouts as well as long term fitness plans! You get access to all of this for free. Yes I said free! The app is completely free and there is absolutely no pressure to upgrade to a ‘pro’ version.
iPhone rating: 4.8/5 Android rating: 4.5/5
Jefit is the perfect app for gym rats and home workout fans alike. Jefit allows you to design targeted workouts down to how many sets and reps. It also allows you to track weight loss, BMI and when to rest for optimal recovery. Jefit has a library of over 1,400 workouts that you can choose from. All of these features are included in the free version. For $7 a month you can access even more premium workouts as well as more stats. This app is the perfect choice for people who are weight training or trying to target very specific goals.
Sworkit Fitness App
iPhone rating: 4.7/5 Android rating: 4.1/5
Sworkit is an ideal app for beginners. It has a range of different exercises including workouts for people who are pregnant, older or looking for low intensity workouts. They’re library contains over 400 workouts and you can even work with a personal trainer. Sworkit is a very broad app that gives users access to everything from cardio workouts to yoga. It also offers monthly challenges that invite users to try something new. You can also customise workouts and share them. Sworkit is the perfect place to look for a quality workout without getting overwhelmed. Many users agree that this app is well worth the $10 a month that it costs.