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Tried and tested for you

Another year has started and many of us have committed to a new year’s resolution, the most popular being to become healthier. If your goal for 2017 is to exercise more, then we may be able to give you a kick start. We’ve tried and tested a range of fitness apps and listed our favourites here:

1. Strava Running and Cycling

Strava promises to enhance the experience of sport and connect millions of athletes from around the world. Track and analyse just about any performance metric and delve into your data and share photos from your journey.

2. Map my Fitness

Keep your phone with you on your walk, run or cycle and it will record the duration and calculate pace, distance, your average pace and calories burned. The app gives you access to challenges that will motivate you into shape.

3. Workout Trainer: Personal Fitness Coach

Gain access to thousands of workouts which include step-by-step audio and video tutorials to coach and motivate you. There’s a library of workouts categorised by focus area and rated by intensity so you can find the right regime for you. Schedule your workouts and the app will send you reminders to stay on track and keep you motivated.

4. Fitnet Live Coach

A great app if you don’t have a lot of time to spare. It offers custom 5 to 7-minute workout plans, personal guidance and allows you to track your progress to improve your form.

5. Nike+ Training Club

This app has a library of 15, 30 and 45 minute workouts that are based on your goals and fitness level. Instructional audio and how-to videos talk you through each exercise, so you master your technique and get the most out of your workout.

6. FitnessBuilder

Use this app as a fitness log to record the number of reps you do and how much weight you’re using so you can track all of your workouts and watch your progress. It also gives you access to a range of workouts to give your routine structure.

7. Health Lab by Tictrac

Set personal goals like losing weight, improving your sleep, fitness training and evening reducing stress to improve your lifestyle. The app gives you recommendations based on your goals and helps you track your progress to help you make better lifestyle choices.

8. MyNetDiary

This app targets weight-loss by providing you with a log so you can track your breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and exercise. It gives you a calorie budget and calculates how many calories you have left of your daily allowance. Use the charts and share progress with friends to help you stay on track to achieve your goal weight.

9. 100% Army Fit

This does exactly what you’d expect. The goal is to get you to the level of fitness needed to join the British Army. It has a library of videos to show you how to do a press up the right way, so you get the most out of each exercise.

We hope these apps have left you feeling a lot less daunted about your new year goal. If you’re looking for fitness apps that are a bit different, watch out for our next blog which will list alternative fitness apps that will give you reasons to exercise.

We’d love to know what your must-have fitness apps are, so let us know if we’ve missed any by emailing talktous@