Best Fitness

Importance of Fitness

Fitness is an important part of long-term health. Research shows that 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week reduces your risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Physical fitness can also improve your mental health by keeping symptoms of depression at bay.

Read about this year’s best fitness apps on your journey to improving your health. They may boost your motivation and give you ideas for inexpensive, challenging workouts that you can do no matter where you are.

FitStar Personal Trainer

iPhone rating:
5 stars Free

FitStar is a personal trainer on the go. Create and commit to a fitness routine with the help of videos and audio tracks. You can also map your road to fitness with an in-app tracker that rewards you when you hit your milestones. It even connects to Fitbit, Jawbone UP, and MyFitnessPal to round out your workout.

FitStar has garnered quite a bit of attention for its unique approach to personal training, and received an App Store Editor’s Choice Award.

Map My Run

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

If running is your go-to fitness activity, take a look at Map My Run. This handy tool does much more than just track your distance: The app computes your pace and heart rate and it updates real time stats as you work out. You can also track your nutrition and calorie intake. Best of all, the app runs in the background, allowing you to move on with your life and still reach your fitness goals.

Fitbit

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

If tracking all your activities seamlessly in one app helps you stay on the fitness bandwagon, then choose Fitbit. You can use the app to map out routes for running, hiking, and cycling. You can also track your calories from over 350,000 food items stored in Fitbit’s database and see how many you’ve burned. Access graphs and charts detailing your active minutes, weight, and other stats with just a swipe of the finger. For the optimal experience, pair it with the wearable Fitbit activity device to count your steps, manage your sleep, and more.

RunKeeper

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Workout styles vary from person to person. Some enjoy the solitude of a quiet run, while others perform better with encouragement and coaching. No matter what your preference, RunKeeper fits the bill.

Choose from pre-planned routes or map your trail for running, walking, or biking. Audio coaching helps keep you informed of your mileage, heart rate, pace, and calories burned. Store all your exercise accomplishments, like gym workouts and extra cardio sessions, in one place.

BodySpace – Social Fitness

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

BodySpace combines a collection of top-rated workouts designed by professional trainers and athletes with a large online community of like-minded fitness enthusiasts.

Choose the workout that appeals to you based on your age, fitness level, gender, and goals. Watch videos and read instructional guides to learn how to exercise safely and communicate with the BodySpace community for motivation and tips. Track your stats and times and share content on Facebook.

Fitness Buddy

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

With its wide variety of exercises, videos, and full workout routines available, Fitness Buddy may just become your new best friend.

Choose from more than 75 customizable workouts, 1,000 videos, and 1,700 exercises to find the one that matches your lifestyle, goal, and fitness level. Over 4,000 photos help you learn the proper way to exercise without the threat of injury.

Tracking software lets you assess your weight and body measurements through easy-to-use graphs.

Couch-to-5K

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars $1.99
Android rating:
4.5 stars $1.99

The award-winning Couch-to-5K app is designed to help new runners ease their way into exercising. With training programs developed by fitness professionals, Couch-to-5K lets you choose from four different virtual coaches who provide the tips and the motivation you need to get off the couch and get moving.

Audio cues help keep you on track, and an in-app music player provides tunes for motivation. Map your routes and log your workouts. See your times drop as you become stronger.

JEFIT Workout

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

JEFIT Workout is a bodybuilder’s dream app. Design your own workouts or use the pre-loaded weight training routines loaded on JEFIT. Track your sets and reps with a mere touch of a button. Stay focused and on target with the calendar, which lets you plan ahead for rest days.

If weight lifting isn’t your exercise of choice, JEFIT tracks cardio workouts and yoga, too. Connect with others to stay motivated, trade workout tips, and share your progress.

Workout Hero

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars $1.99

Recognized by the media as a top-ranked fitness app, Workout Hero couldn’t be easier to use. Select your workout of the day from more than 700 options, log it, and follow your progress.

A tap of your finger delivers progress reports and shares your results on social media. Tools include stopwatches, alarms, calendars, and heart rate monitors. Watch how-to videos and find a local gym if exercising at home leaves you wanting more.

Spring

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free

Finding the perfect song for your workout is sometimes just as hard as working out. Spring aims to make that process easier. It’s a music-streaming app that synchronizes your movements to music. It also allows you to create playlists, which is especially useful for interval training. 

With over 35,000 songs in its library, Spring is a great way to get inspired and stay inspired throughout your workout.

Jillian Michaels Slim-Down

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

Fitness guru Jillian Michaels created the Slim-Down program to motivate you to change your life through weight loss, if needed, and muscle toning. The app features food and fitness journals and a calorie counter to make following a healthy diet easier.

And tracking your fitness has never been simpler. Workout routines, meal plans, and recipes help you create your own healthy lifestyle. Listen to podcasts for additional incentive and information. Each exercise has a video to prevent you from injury.

UP

iPhone rating:
3.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

UP by Jawbone is a wristband-and-app combo that tracks your sleep patterns, diet, and physical activity. Alerts and alarms remind you to get moving so you can reach your daily step goals. 

Use the innovative food and drink log to photograph and get nutritional information about your meals. Tracking your weight and mapping your run are just two of the many features of this popular fitness app.

30 Day Fitness Challenges

iPhone rating:
2 stars $2.99
Android rating:
4 stars $2.99

In this app, you can access a variety of fitness activities to ensure you won’t be bored doing the same workout all the time. Planks, squats, jumping jacks, and the “little black dress” challenge are just a few of the programs you can choose to complete.

Each challenge features an instructional video to teach you the correct, and safe, way to do each exercise. Track your results over the course of the month and share them on your favorite social media platform.

Fitness and Safety

Although fitness apps can offer helpful tips that may prevent injury during a workout, they’re not meant to take the place of medical advice.

If it’s been a while since you exercised, discuss your fitness plans with your doctor or seek the advice of a personal trainer. Together, you and your healthcare team can develop a fitness plan that incorporates your favorite apps while staying safe.

Methodology

We selected these fitness apps based on their potential to develop and track fitness goals. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps include user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to leading a physically fit lifestyle. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make keeping fit safe and fun.

Please note: Healthline Networks does not imply warranty of fitness or endorse any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the apps unless otherwise indicated.