The most difficult part of working out is often getting motivated to do it in the first place, and fun fitness apps are a great way of solving that problem. Interactive fitness apps are still only in the early days, but there are already some great ones to choose from. They’re apps that work to make your workout seem more like a game by using your activity to tell you a story and keep you motivated, or record the work that you do so that you can easily see the progress you’ve made.
We’ve looked through all the apps available today to find the ones you most need to check out.
Runkeeper is super easy to use, and is one of the most popular and tried-and-true running apps out there. It’s the top of many leaderboards thanks to its accuracy and wide array of features.
This app has something for everyone, whether you’re about to leave on your first run or about to run your third marathon. Runkeeper has pre-created routes that will help you mix up your routine, and GPS features that allow you to track your speed, time and distance.
2. Runtastic Running App
If you are into running, Runtastic is a really great fitness app. The app is full of so many features that it’s easy to miss some – such as Runtastic Story Running. Usually lasting around 30 to 40 minutes, story runs are an option you can unlock if you pay for premium features. You can choose your type of story, anything from an ambient meditative break to a thrilling piece of genre fiction.
Of course, the app also offers all the standard features and tracks your average pace, distance and time. You can also integrate a heart rate monitor, and post your workout to Facebook.
Human is possibly one of the best apps out there if you want to get motivated to be more active. It’s not incredibly advanced, but it has the benefit of working in the background, nudging you to kit your 30 minutes of exercise per day and tracking all the time you spend being active (running, walking or cycling).
You can also see how you rank against your neighbours, by checking Human’s leaderboard of other users nearby.
4. Zombies, Run!
There’s a good reason that Zombies, Run! is one of the most popular entertainment apps on this list. In addition to the paid version of Zombies, Run! for 5k training, there are also a load of missions you can do without paying for the app.
Every few minutes, the app will give you a new chunk of the story. The game has added motivation, in that every now and then you’ll be told to run and you’ll be able to hear the zombies running after you. After each mission, you’ll be able to improve your in-game town using items you’ve automatically picked up during your run.
5. Strava: Run, Ride, Swim
Jazzing up the usual run-tracking recipe, the top-notch running tracker Strava has some really cool competitive and gamified features.
It allows you to race against your friends and work your way up leaderboards, achievements and challenges, all while recording your running speed, distance traveled, time and course taken for both useful metrics and tracking.
6. Pokémon GO
The thousands of miles walked by “Pokémon trainers” all over the world since this app’s launch really flies in the face of anyone who says that walking around town looking for virtual pocket monsters isn’t a real workout. When you play Pokémon GO, you’ll have to get up and move whether you like it or not.
Challenge Gyms to help your team’s points, check in at local PokéStops to collect items and find over 200 different Pokémon. The further you walk, the more you will be rewarded – you’ll get to pick up rare Eggs, which will require you to walk or run a certain distance before they can hatch and properly join your team.
MapMyRun can help you reach your full potential, no matter where you are on your running journey. Receive responsive training plans that adapt to you as you progress, stay on top of your workouts (distance, elevation, pace, calories burned) and stay motivated with group challenges.
You can even keep all of your data in one handy location, as this app is able to sync with more than 400 devices including Garmin, Apple watch and smart shoes.
Ready to Go?
So that’s it: 7 of our favourite fitness apps available right now. These apps can definitely make fitness more like a game than work, whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a high-intensity run.
Do you think we’ve missed out on the best app of all? What do you use to track your progress? Tell us in the comments below!