The 10 Best Fitness Apps to Download in 2018

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According to the​​ ​National Institute of Health, individuals who used fitness apps were more likely to lose weight, increase their consumption of fruits and veggies, and commit to daily physical activity. They were also more likely to meet health recommendations for physical activity compared to people without a health app.

These apps won’t just help you lose weight for a bikini body or get in shape for a wedding: they all have offerings that help you maintain consistent, focused plans for changes that last a lifetime. If you want to kick-start your own health and fitness journey with an app but can’t choose from the thousands of options available on your smartphone, our list of the best fitness apps has you covered.  

Our Top Picks

1

Best Overall: My Fitness Pal

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My Fitness Pal has been on the top of the charts for a while: it’s received nods from Consumer Reports, PC Magazine, the New York Times, and countless other publications for its seemingly endless capabilities.

It’s the fitness app for someone who wants it all: it logs exercise stats and records caloric intake, helps you change your habits to meet personal health goals, and offers unparalleled customization for each of its assets.

It integrates with more than 50 apps and devices to sync all of your workouts, and it has a library of over 350 cardio and strength sessions if you need a jumping off point.

My Fitness Pal boasts a massive food database of more than six million foods, including a restaurant logger that will guarantee no calorie goes uncounted when you go out to eat. It has enough features to fill this entire list, and almost half a million positive reviews in the iTunes Store—it’s a fitness app legend that’s well worth the cost of the premium package.

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Best Budget App: Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer

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For someone who’s just getting into a daily workout routine, or health nuts on a budget, Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer is a solid—and free—choice. It offers sessions for men and women from five to 30 minutes, all at-home so you don’t have to hit the gym if you can’t afford a membership or feel uncomfortable if people watch you work out. It’s developed by a certified personal trainer who guides you through randomized workouts crafted from more than 95 of the best moves to get your body in gear.

Reviewers love that the workouts strike a balance between being easy enough to keep up with but hard enough to feel the burn, and each session’s easy-to-follow video instructions.

3

Best for Apple Watch: Zones for Training

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This app helps you stay in the zone—the heart rate zone, that is—when you’re working out by integrating with Apple Watch to keep an eye on your pulse. Zones for Training carefully monitors your resting and active heart rate, then provides parameters to determine when you’re burning fat and when you’ve reached your peak activity level, so you can stay in the fat burning phase or push yourself.

It’s a perfect companion for the Apple Watch, which has a first-rate heart rate monitor built in. This app is best for someone who’s more experienced with working out and wants more nitty-gritty details to help them reach their goals, or for someone who wants bonus heart monitoring features and a seamless integration with their Apple Watch.

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Best for Monitoring Nutrition: Fooducate

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If you need an honest look at what you’re putting in your body and want to track more than calories, Fooducate is the app for you. It’s an oldie but a goodie: first launched in 2010, it’s known for its barcode scanner (each item scanned is given a letter grade to help you determine if it belongs in your cart or back on the shelf when you’re grocery shopping) and its complete nutrition breakdowns.

The app makes sure that the food and drinks you’re consuming give your body what it needs—if you’re missing out on vital protein or need to boost your iron intake, Fooducate’s daily nutrient counts will tell you.

Want to focus on a low-fat or low-carb diet? It’s got your back there too, with pie charts showing you your ratio of good to bad carbs as well as your macronutrient ratios. It’s a great product for people who want all of their food details in an easy-to-use interface, or people who love working with additional data to get a complete picture of their health. There’s also a section for healthy recipes and community support if you need fresh dinner ideas or a confidence boost.

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Best for Yoga: YogaGlo

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YogaGlo is a great app for newbies trying to nail down the tree pose, or for more advanced students who are ready to turn themselves into a human pretzel. It offers daily curated classes to meet your needs, whether it’s improved sleep, stress reduction, or general strength training. You can follow your favorite yoga instructors for updates on their latest classes—many positive reviews give this app five stars for its library of knowledgeable teachers.

Other reviews applaud YogaGlo for the highly customizable sessions, its ability to download classes and use them off of WiFi while traveling, and the app’s superior customer service. YogaGlo also works with the Apple Watch, so you can collect fitness data during your session and easily watch classes across your Mac devices.

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Best for Beginners: Sworkit

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Sworkit is a fan favorite on iTunes and Google Play for its flexible offerings: select your goal from strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching categories (or pick from sets of curated classes for monthly challenges, different skill levels, and specific trainers), punch in the amount of time you have to work out, and Sworkit automatically creates a workout for you.

The variety of classes and gradual increases in workload make this a great choice for beginners who want to try different exercises—plus, with no gym membership and no equipment required, you’ll have no excuse for not getting in great shape. You won’t get bored with the diverse workouts, and you can even privately message the app’s trainers with questions or concerns.

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Best for Weightlifting: JEFIT Workout Planner Gym Log

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JEFIT is a mobile and web-based app (and a Google Play Editor’s Choice pick) that’s ideal for anyone who struggles to stay on track during their fitness journey. It lets you create custom weight-training sessions and track your workouts with friends—building off the scientifically-backed tenets of progress tracking and peer support to get you moving and keep you motivated.

You can take it to the gym and record your workout step by step, and the app will time your breaks for you (an especially useful feature pausing between sets while weight training). The data automatically travels to the JEFIT server for analytic insights into your workouts—a fun feature for anyone who likes breaking down the nitty-gritty elements of fitness into tangible data. JEFIT’s the perfect fit for anyone with a competitive streak who likes encouraging (or playfully ribbing) their pals during their quest for health.

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Best for Meditation: Headspace

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If you’re someone who needs to incorporate stress-reduction into your health and fitness plan, or if you need to clear your mind and focus before workouts, you’re going to want to download Headspace. Taking care of your mental health is essential for achieving optimal physical health, and Headspace has become the gold standard for meditation apps.

Instead of just throwing generic sessions at you, the program takes you through a comprehensive “Basics” package to teach you how to meditate—because it’s more than just sitting quietly with focused breathing. After completing the Basics, you’re set loose to pursue other packs, like programs that can help you manage depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and even specialized sets that gear you up for a focused sweat session and help you cool down afterwards.

Headspace has committed to creating the best mindfulness app around, and they use independent, clinically validated research on their own product to make sure their app is an effective, positive force in their users lives.

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Best Trainer-In-Your-Pocket: PEAR Personal Fitness Coach

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PEAR’s Personal Fitness Coach is more than just a calorie counter and activity tracker. It integrates with other health apps, like My Fitness Coach and collects the data from your smartphone or smartwatch to create a personalized workout based on your benchmark information. It pays attention and adjusts your workouts for maximum efficiency as your data changes, too.

You won’t just be listening to an automated voice from this in-ear system: PEAR’s set of trainers include professional athletes, Olympians, and record holders from around the world. Best of all, the PEAR app integrates with many wireless headphones, so you can enjoy full freedom of movement while you feel the burn.

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Best for Quick Workouts: The 7 Minute Workout

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The 7 Minute Workout is the perfect app for busy schedules that don’t allow for gym time, frequent travelers, or for someone just getting started who needs to set smaller goals. The app has a simple interface that offers three workouts on the home screen: a basic workout, seven minutes focused on your abs, or a seven-minute high-intensity sweat session. Fans of the app love the helpful pre-workout demonstrations, the workouts' manageable time limits, and the sticker price.

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