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Our top picks for free fitness apps

Exercise made easy with a click of a button


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It can be hard to get in your 30 minutes of physical activity a day and to keep motivated but as with most things these days, there's an app that can help you. These are some of our suggestions for free fitness apps that can make your life a bit easier. 

Map my fitness
This is app is great for tracking your activity and includes details of duration, distance, pace, and speed. Monitoring these factors means you can always challenge yourself to do better next time.

Couch to 5k 
This is really good for people who have never ran in their lives (which is a lot of us).

Strava 
This is good for runners and even better for cyclists. It does the usual tracking things but also allows you to compare your times with other users who have done the same route as you so you can ‘compete’ with them.

Nike Training Club 
This app is good if you struggle to come up with a workout or don’t know how to exercise a particular part of your body. It gives you suggestions for workouts and helps motivate you to keep training.

Fitocracy 
This app is essential for anyone who struggles with motivation. It helps you set goals and stick to them. You get points for reaching new levels and can really feel like you’re making progress with your exercise.

Gain fitness 
This one is iOS only unfortunately but is loaded with heaps of exercises and audio instructions for step-by-step activities. You can also input what equipment you have access to for a more custom set of ideas.

Argus 
This one isn’t for the faint of battery power as it’s a 24-hour monitor for A LOT of stuff. It tracks your steps, what you eat, drink and how you sleep. That’s a whole lot of data but it also breaks it down in handy charts to let you know how you’re doing.

Breeze (iOs only)

RunKeeper
This app was LifeHacker's best running app for 2012 and is quite popular amongst runners and cyclists alike. It can track your pace, distance, help you meet your goals and improve your overall fitness. 

Jefit
Handy for suggesting new exercise routines, has animations and tracks your progress really well. 

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Published September 12th, 2014
Last updated October 29th, 2015
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