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5 Of The Best…....Free Health & Fitness Apps

There are so many health and fitness apps and gadgets out there it can sometimes be hard to choose. We’ll cover gadgets in another article but for now read on for some great apps that we’ve tested and compared for you, which you can download today! There are loads of different apps out there that do a similar or the same thing so if these don’t work for you, delete it, download another one, and find what works best for you!

1) Strava

This app has a massive global following and it’s easy to see why, with its super easy functionality and extensive features without having to spend a penny. Of course if you want to go premium you can. You can record runs and bike rides as it maps and tracks your activities. You can share and link it up with all the major social media apps and fitness gadgets, and get competitive with other users. You can even map out a journey beforehand on a computer and get turn by turn directions while you are out on your journey. For running and cycling, this is really the only app you need!

2) MyFitnessPal

This is one of the most popular health and fitness apps in the world. It’s very easy to use and lets you log all the calories you eat and the workouts you complete, to keep you on track for your fitness goals! It does all the thinking for you, all you have to do is log what you did and what you consumed. This app also tries to be as accurate as possible with the calorie count by giving you a multitude of options. If you’ve been struggling to lose those last few pounds, or you’re just getting started and need to know where to start – you need this app!

3) Sworkit

This a great simple to use workout tool. This app has a lot to offer without the need to actually sign up for a subscription. With so many workout and coaching apps out there, this one sets itself apart by being so simple and easy to use with step-by-step video instructions. It has loads of free workouts to suit any of your needs. The best part is there aren’t constant popups for you to go “premium”. Of course once you’ve had the app a while some of the same workouts may get stale, however, that’s not likely to happen anytime soon!

4) C25K

There are a few “couch to 5k” apps out there, and it’s hard to find the right one for everyone. Because everyone will be starting at different points and have different circumstances, there is no one size fits all couch to 5k app. However, of the handful that I tested and looked at this one seemed to be the most extensive with the most features before having to sign up for a “premium” service. It is a great way to get started and a very simple and easy to follow programme.

5) Instant Heart Rate

This app is free and easy to use. Heart rate is the best way of monitoring your overall health and fitness levels. A lower resting heart rate means it’s more efficient and doesn’t have to work as hard, which means it’s less likely to fail on you. Obviously this won’t be as accurate as an ECG, but it will help you keep track of your general heart health. If you’re concerned you’re not seeing the results you want in the mirror, this app may help you stay on track by proving that the hard work you’re putting in is making a difference on the inside, which is way more important!


Honourable mentions goes out to:

Zombies, Run! – a brilliantly fun running app that only just fell shy of the top 5.
Headspace or Calm – both of these are great meditation apps to help you get started on a stress-free journey, but can be expensive for the full versions or membership.
Runkeeper – aimed at the more consistent runners, this one’s great for the running community aspect.
Pokemon Go – you have to give credit to an app that gets people moving to play a game, and is so addictive.
Sweatcoin – quick and easy setup, and they pay you to get outside and walk, what’s not to like?