Top 10 fitness apps to get you moving this Easter

With the longer days and promise of pleasant weather, Easter is a great time to get active.

Woman running

If you’re looking to apply yourself but need a little motivation, we’ve made a list of smart apps that’ll spur you on and help you get fit via your phone, whether you’re a workout beginner or full-time gym-goer.

Couch to 5K

Want to take up running, but not sure where to begin? Couch to 5K is a great place to start. The app does exactly what it says on the tin – it gets you off your sofa and fit enough to run a full 5K. The free nine-week program gives you a different workout per week, with three workouts for weeks five and six. Each workout should last 20-30 minutes.

There’s lots of perks to the app, too. As you train you’ll be motivated by virtual coaches to guide you through your week, there’s GPS so you can map out your route, a tool for calculating your progression and an in-app music player.

Find out more about the app by downloading weekly podcasts:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/nhs-couch-to-5k/id394384987

Free, iOS, Android

Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal

Exercising is important, but if you want to stay fit and healthy you should keep an eye on your diet too. With lots of high-fat and sugary foods out there, it’d be handy to track what you’re putting in your body.

That’s where Calorie Counter comes in. This helpful app logs your calories using a barcode scanner and stores the information in a database so you can keep an accurate count of what you’ve eaten. It helps take the stress out of weight loss.

Free, iOS, Android

Down Dog

If you’re looking for an exercise that focuses on to your flexibility, strength and your mental wellbeing, you should try Yoga. This ancient form of exercise is now commonplace in leisure centres, gyms, as well as handy apps for you to download.

There are many Yoga apps available, but we’ve picked Down Dog as our favourite. Not only is it cheaper than paying to go to a class, but you can go at your own pace and do it in the comfort of your own home. Every time you log in, Down Dog will create a brand new sequence for you, which keeps things fresh. Not to mention, you can get in the zone with your own relaxing playlist.

Free, iOS, Android

Strava

Strava is a popular choice amongst runners and cyclists, and we can see why.

The promotional video below sums the app up perfectly… ‘I like to run by myself but even when I do, I know I’m never alone’. Strava not only lets you track your running and cycling using GPS, it also allows you to share photos from your activities, follow your friends and take part in challenges.

The app has a fun leaderboard where you can compete with your friends, people in your area, and even yourself. So if you like to socialise when exercising, this could be the app for you.

Here are two videos that will give you more of an idea of what Strava is all about:

Running

Cycling

Charity Miles

What better reason is there to get fit, than to raise money for charity? With Charity Miles, you can improve your health and help a great cause. Simply choose from nine worthy charities and the app will track the distance you have run, walked or cycled, and donate a certain amount of money from their sponsors. Remember, to share your activity on Facebook or Twitter, otherwise it won’t count!

Follow their Twitter page for the latest updates and motivational post 

https://twitter.com/CharityMiles 

Free, iOS

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