Best Fitness Apps

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A good fitness app will motivate you. Either by prompting you to get in more activity (like a great step counter) or by offering fun, inventive at-the-gym or at-home workouts that are doable for beginners but never get boring.

Strava: Run, Ride, Swim
App Store rating: 4.8
Google Play rating: 4.2
Free, with in-app purchases

Not only can you track your activity (running, biking, swimming) in terms of duration, pace, and distance, and analyze your progress, but this app also connects you to a community of fit-minded folks. Gain motivation by virtually participating with or competing against friends, check out what other people are doing, and discover routes you never knew existed.

Maipo Step Counter
App Store rating: 4.8
Google Play rating: 4.5
Free, with in-app purchases

Wright recommends this app because it’s a pedometer (it counts your steps). More than that, “the app has useful visuals that help you see what you’ve accomplished in that day, week, or month,” says Wright. For instance, you can see your step count nicely laid out on a monthly calendar, so you know when you tend to walk less and could benefit from ramping up your activity level.

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Even better: You’ll get a list of your personal “bests,” meaning you may just start competing against yourself to see how many steps you can take.

7 Minute Workout
App Store rating: 4.8
Google Play rating: 4.4
Free, with in-app purchases

There are a lot of seven-minute-workout apps out there, but this one is extremely easy to use. (If you’re not familiar with the seven-minute workout challenge, it involves 12 high-intensity body weight exercises performed for 30 seconds each with about six seconds of rest in between.) You can purchase additional seven-minute workouts through the app, too. “The theory is that you don’t need a lot of time to get in a great workout. And it can be performed in your living room,” says Srinath.

Need more proof that it works? The American College of Sports Medicine published a study in an issue of its Health & Fitness Journal concluding that this type of circuit training can be a “fast and efficient way to lose excess body weight and body fat.” What’s more, a review and meta-analysis published online in January 2019 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that while interval training and moderate-intensity continuous training, or MOD (think a long jog or bike ride where you’re moderately pushing yourself), both resulted in weight loss, interval training ended up reducing participants’ body fat by 28.5 percent more than MOD.

Nike Training Club
App Store rating: 4.9
Google Play rating 4.0
Free

This is best for the person who really does want to improve endurance and flexibility, build muscle, and better their performance. But don’t let that stop you if you’re new to exercise. The featured workouts, which you can easily sort by target muscle groups, workout type (strength, endurance, yoga), or duration, are suitable for various ability levels.

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