Best fitness apps for 2018: The apps to kickstart your fitness journey including Nike Training, Strava and MyFitnessPal

If the idea of forcing yourself to spend an hour in the gym fills you with the dread, then you’ll be happy to hear that help is at hand – in the form of a range of apps .

Both the Google Play Store and iTunes are packed full of health and fitness apps, ranging from virtual gym instructors to calorie counters.

But sifting your way through this plethora of apps is no mean feat.

To help, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 apps for 2018, to help kickstart your health and fitness journey.

1. Sworkit

If you find the gym an intimidating environment, then Sworkit could be the perfect app for you

If you find the gym an intimidating environment, then Sworkit could be the perfect app for you.

The app guides you through video workouts that can be performed at home, in as little as five to 15 minutes.

Users can choose from a range of fitness plans, which have been created by personal trainers.

These include Yoga for Runners, 5 Minute Abs, Advanced Fully Body and Daily Stretch.

Sworkit is free for 30 days, and then costs $29.99 (£21.20) for a quarterly subscription, or $79.99 (£56.54) for an annual subscription.

Download Sworkit from the Google Play Store or App Store.

2. One You Couch to 5K

One You Couch to 5K is an app presented in association with BBC Get Inspired that is designed for people who are just starting their fitness journey

One You Couch to 5K is an app presented in association with BBC Get Inspired that is designed for people who are just starting their fitness journey.

The app incorporates a mix of running and walking, and if followed properly, should allow beginners to run a 5k in just nine weeks.

Users have a choice of five trainers to support them – including Olympian Michael Johnson, comedian Sarah Millican and BBC presenter Jo Whiley.

As you complete the workouts, the app will track and award your progress and give you tips for future workouts.

The app is free to download from the Google Play Store or App Store.

Download One You Couch to 5K from the Google Play Store or App Store .

3. Sweatcoin

If a financial incentive would help to get you exercising, then Sweatcoin could be a great option for you

If a financial incentive would help to get you exercising, then Sweatcoin could be a great option for you.

The app converts your steps into currency units called sweatcoins, which can be spent on goods, services and experiences.

This includes products from over 300 retailers, such as Boohoo.com, Graze and Hellofresh.

The app, which first launched in 2016, has now overtaken WhatsApp to become the top app in the US and UK App Stores.

This achievement makes Sweatcoin the fastest growing health and fitness app in history.

The app is free and available to download from the App Store and Google Play store.

Download Sweatcoin from the Google Play Store or App Store .

4. Nike+ Training Club

Nike describes its Training Club app as the ‘Ultimate Personal Trainer’

Nike describes its Training Club app as the ‘Ultimate Personal Trainer.’

The free app has over 160 workouts, including strength and endurance, mobility and yoga.

Each workout is centred on a specific muscle group and only lasts 15-20 minutes.

And many of the workouts don’t require any equipment, meaning they can be completed in the gym or at home.

Like One You Couch to 5K, Nike Training Club has a host of celebrity trainers on board to help spur you on, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Serena Williams and Ellie Goulding.

The app is free to download from either the Google Play Store and App Store.

Download Nike+ Training Club from the Google Play Store or App Store .

5. MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a free app that helps you to track what you’re eating

MyFitnessPal is a free app that helps you to track what you’re eating.

The app has a database of over six million foods, including global items and cuisines, ensuring you can keep an accurate log of your diet.

Users can choose a goal when they set up the app, such as an amount of weight they’d like to lose or gain.

And it isn’t just about food – you can also log cardio and strength exercises on the app, to make sure your daily calorie intake is accurate.

The app is free to download on both the Google Play Store and App Store.

Download it now from the Google Play Store or App Store .

6. Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run! is an interactive app that recreates a zombie attack while you’re on a run

If you’re bored of your same old run, then this app is the perfect way to refresh your routine.

Zombies, Run! is an interactive app that recreates a zombie attack while you’re on a run.

The ultra-immersive game stars you as the hero, who must navigate your way through a zombie adventure story.

The sound effects are eerily realistic, with zombie breaths, groans and noises constantly feeling like they’re on your neck.

While you run, the app plays a mix of heart-pumping audio drama and pulse-pounding songs from your own playlist.

The app is free to download on both the Google Play Store and App Store.

Download it now from the Google Play Store or App Store.

7. Daily Burn

If you’re more of a visual person, then Daily Burn could be the option for you

If you’re more of a visual person, then Daily Burn could be the option for you.

Users complete an initial assessment after downloading the app, to develop a plan that fits in with their goals, fitness level and preferences.

They can then choose between over 1,000 workout videos across 20 programmes, including dance, high-intensity cardio, yoga and strength training.

One of the best features of Daily Burn is the community aspect – users can share their fitness journey with other members through live chat, and social media.

The app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play Store for 30 days, and then costs $19.95 (£14.10)/month.

Download it now from the Google Play Store or App Store .

8. Strava

Strava is one of the most well-known fitness apps on the market, and is probably best suited for people who already exercise regularly

Strava is one of the most well-known fitness apps on the market, and is probably best suited for people who already exercise regularly.

The app records your activity, whether it’s running, walking or cycling, and then collects your stats for the week.

Key statistics collected include distance, pace, speed and calories burned.

Strava also has a huge collection of road and trail routes, and users can upload them to their phone or GPS device for easy navigation.

If you’ve got a competitive side, you’ll also be happy to hear that you can record your activity on your Strava feed, where you can compare you progress to you friends and followers.

Strava is free to download on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

Download it now from the Google Play Store or App Store .

9. Aaptiv

Podcast fans will love Aaptiv, which has a huge collection of audio-based fitness classes

Podcast fans will love Aaptiv, which has a huge collection of audio-based fitness classes.

The app has over 2,500 train-led, music-driven workouts, which range from running to yoga, and everything in between.

Workouts vary in length from just seven minutes to complete training programmes, letting you tailor your workout to your needs.

One of the main benefits of Aaptiv is the ability to download classes to listen offline, meaning you don’t need to have a WiFi connection to start your workout.

The app costs $14.99 (£10.60)/month, $99.99 (&£70.67)/year of $399.99 (£282.72) for lifetime membership.

Download it now from the Google Play Store or App Store.

10. Freeletics Bodyweight

If you want to build muscle but don’t want to buy expensive gym equipment, then Freeletics Bodyweight could be a great option

If you want to build muscle but don’t want to buy expensive gym equipment, then Freeletics Bodyweight could be a great option.

The app has a range of almost 1,000 10-30 minute workouts, based on bodyweight only, that don’t require any equipment.

The workouts cover all the main muscle groups, and can be adapted to all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced athletes.

Freeletics Bodyweight also has a great community aspect, with over 20 million users who can support one another through the app’s social feed.

As the name suggests, Freeletics Bodyweight is free to download.

Download it now on the Google Play Store or App Store .

11. The Perfect Squat Challenge


This app was developed by digital therepy company Kaia Health who consulted with physiotherapists and sport scientists to figure out the perfect squat that most of us can achieve.

It uses motion-tracking technology and artificial intelligence to help you improve your technique.

Once you fire up the app, you’re guided through the motion by a virtual assistant called Kaia.

Users then place their iPhone upright on a table or against a wall then step back approximately seven feet until their body becomes visible
on the phone’s screen.

The app then tracks 16 key points on the body using the phone’s camera stream. This contrasts the observed pose with the ‘ideal’ predefined pose, and compares metrics including the relative positions of limbs and joints, and the angles between them.

Download it now for iOS.

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