Resolved to Get in Shape? Here Are the Best Fitness Apps of 2018

True Motivation Comes From Within (Your Smartphone’s App Store). That’s because if you’re resolved to get in shape, there’s no better place than Fitness Apps. These are the best of 2018!


We all know that regular physical activity is key for our health and well-being. But when you’re constantly trying to juggle work and family responsibilities, exercise can fall by the wayside. Even if you have a gym membership or used to take classes, you may not have the time to devote to it anymore. Or you simply might not enjoy the gym atmosphere. But all is not lost, because Fitness Apps have never been easier to use!

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Although a one-hour session of martial arts can burn up to 500 calories, you may be able to work out just as well on your own. That is, if you have help from a smartphone app. Keep your resolve to get in shape and embrace something new. Here are a few of the most promising Fitness Apps of 2018.


Best Fitness Apps of 2018

    • Workout Trainer: You can basically benefit from a pocket-sized personal trainer with this fitness app, as it offers thousands of free workouts. There are even step-by-step guided instructions to make sure your form is perfect. Adjust the difficulty levels, connect your smartwatch for heart rate feedback, or sign up for a customized program. While certain programs will cost you, the app provides a lot of helpful tools. To date, Workout Trainer has a pretty high rating in the Google Play store.
    • Down Dog: If you want to achieve nirvana from the comfort of your own home, fitness apps like this might do the trick. Down Dog is the number one rated yoga app in the iTunes App Store. It’s also been featured on BuzzFeed and in the Wall Street Journal. There’s a nice combination of soothing background music and oral instruction, with practices categorized by type, length, and level. If you go with the free option, you’ll get a different session every time you use it. You can subscribe to set targeted sessions (for $8 a month or $50 a year) if there’s something specific you want to work on.
    • Pact: If your goal is to lose weight, rather than to build or tone muscle, this app is for you. When you have trouble making good on your promises to yourself, this app serves as a mobile motivational tool. When you sign up for Pact, you’ll designate a specific amount of money you’ll pay other members if you fail to reach your goals by the end of the week. From there, you can set your goals and track your workouts through other devices or apps (like your FitBit or MyFitnessPal). If you do reach your goals by the end of the week, you’ll receive a cash reward from members who don’t. It’s a little deviant if you use it to make money off of others in your same situation, but the incentive is undeniable!
    • Nike+ Training Club: This app has hundreds of guided workouts available for free, plus four-week training programs. There’s also a Nike Running Club app. It offers audio-guided running workouts, distance challenges, customized coaching, and even GPS tracking for runners. The workouts are highly varied and the App Store ratings are impressive. And while 395 iPhones are sold every minute and a lot of athletes use this app in conjunction with their iPhone or Apple Watch, it’s also available on the Google Play Store.

Working out and getting in shape might not be the most fun of endeavors. But at least these fitness apps will allow you to interact with your phone while you do it. Maybe that’ll help trick your mind into thinking of exercise like a game. If nothing else, at least you won’t have to step foot into a gym.



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