Our top 7 health and fitness apps

  • 2 January 2019
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Our top 7 health and fitness apps
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Looking to get fit in 2019? Whether you’re planning on hitting the gym, pounding the pavement or looking to work out at home, these lean and mean fitness apps will help you reach your goals.

J&J Official 7 Minute Workout

Available from the App Store or Google Play

The 7-minute workout craze has really taken off. If you’re thinking of downloading one, there’s a huge amount to choose from.

There’s only one original though, and we’re pleased to say it’s still the best around. Here it is:

The Johnson & Johnson Official 7-Minute Workout app gives you the famous official workout, with optional warm-up and cool-down sets now added.

You can also view a video of the workout’s creator Chris Jordan doing the exercises himself, and giving you valuable hints and tips on each one. Accept no imitations.

8fit Workout & Meal Planner

Available from the App Store or Google Play

8fit is a mobile personal trainer and diet planner rolled into one. It combines quick workout routines with a simple healthy meal planner to help you reach your goals.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain a few pounds or just lead a healthier lifestyle, the 8fit app will you help you get it done without hitting the gym. It lets you work out anywhere, anytime, with no equipment required. And when it comes to refuelling, you can feast your eyes on wholesome nutrition plans based on your dietary needs and preferences.

8fit is free for anyone to download. If you want to unlock exclusive workouts and complete meal plans, you’ll need to subscribe to the Pro version.

Nike Training Club

Available from the App Store or Google Play.

Welcome to Nike Training Club, your ultimate personal trainer packed with more than 185 workouts that you can access free of charge. These activities range from strength and endurance to mobility and yoga, and world-class Nike master trainers are featured in every workout to give you expert advice and keep you motivated.

You can create personalised training plans to fit in with your schedule and fitness requirements, and you’ll be given special daily exercises (‘Picks For You’) based on your routine. The more you train with Nike Training Club, the more personal your recommendations become!

Sweat: Kayla Itsines Fitness

Available from the App Store or Google Play.

Sweat is the home of women’s health and fitness, with multiple trainers and programs.

You’ll get all the exercise motivation you need with this personal training app, featuring expert advice from Kayla Itsines, the Australian personal trainer and fitness book author. It includes easy-to-follow workouts with minimal equipment, fitness challenges, and meal planning with pre-made shopping lists.

To help you stay motivated, you’ll be able to share photos from your workouts with friends and the rest of the Sweat community.

Sweat is free to download, and if you choose a monthly subscription you’ll initially get it on a 7-day trial period. So why not give it a go?

Yoga Studio: Mind & Body

Available from the App Store or Google Play.

Fancy turning your living room into your own personal yoga studio? Then this is the app for you. It lets you create your own easy-to-follow yoga classes with wonderfully clear HD videos and full teacher commentary. Simply download, select a plan, and find the classes that suit you best!

Once you’ve downloaded your content, you don’t need internet access to view it. So if you’re out in your local park and want to break into a one-legged king pigeon pose, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Yoga Studio offers a 7-day free trial. After that, there are monthly and annual subscriptions to choose from.

Fitbod Weight Lifting Tracker

Available from the App Store.

Get stronger, faster with Fitbod! When you hit the gym, Fitbod guides you through the correct sets, reps and weights you need to be lifting to reach your fitness goals. With the detailed step-by-step training the app gives you, you’ll be able to focus on the heavy lifting and putting in the work that counts.

Fitbod’s powerful technology understands your strength-training ability, studies your past workouts and adapts to your available gym equipment. And it keeps your gym sessions fresh and fun by mixing up your workouts with new exercises.

Fitbod is free to download and try out, but if you become an Elite member you can unlock unlimited workouts and access all the app’s features. It’ll cost you either $9.99 per month or $59.99 per year (as you may be able to work out from the dollar signs, it’s an American app).

Zombies, Run!

Available from the App Store or Google Play.

Running can be boring - there, we’ve said it. That’s why we love this app so much. What better inspiration to keep on jogging than being chased by hordes of brain-hungry zombies?

Feeling brave? Then step into your running shoes, put on your headphones, and head outdoors. Your run will become a mission where you’re the hero, at the centre of your very own zombie adventure story. Eerie sound effects will motivate you to go faster, along with radio news reports that move the story along.

If you survive your run, you’ll be able to view detailed stats of your adventure. Dare you try again?

Have you tried any of these apps? Or do you have a star health and fitness app that’s not on our list? If so, share your thoughts and post a reply below.

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But, but, but, I don't want to get fit and diet - I want Christmas and New Year all over again :-)

To be fair, the Zombie chase sounds the most interesting, I might have to try that out but having watched the Walking Dead, I think I could manage just a brisk walk and no running to escape the zombies ;-)