In addition to losing weight, another popular resolution is to move more. Whether your goal is to run a 5K, go to the gym regularly or just to start and stick to an exercise regime, these apps are there to motivate and guide you.
Pact: Money is a great motivator and this app rewards you for sticking to your fitness goals. You place a wager for a certain amount and the app uses your phone’s built-in GPS, step or motion tracking to verify your workouts. It’s also compatible with other fitness apps such as RunKeeper, Fitbit, Jawbone Up, MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal and more. Cost: Free to download on iOS and Android. Find it: pactapp.com
The Johnson & Johnson Official 7-Minute Workout: In 2013, a peer-reviewed scientific study was published in the American College of Sports Medicine that showed one could use a 7-minute high-intensity circuit to get fit went viral. This “official” app was created by one of the study’s co-author who is the director of Exercise Physiology at the Johnson and Johnson’s Human Performance Institute. It includes more than 1,000 workouts and 30 minutes of video demos of the moves that can be completed with a little floor space, your body weight, a chair and a wall. Cost: Free on iOS and Android. Find it: 7minuteworkout.jnj.com
FitStar: This app, created by former NFL player Tony Gonzales, focuses on fitness moves you can complete quickly and without a lot of expensive fitness gear. Great for beginners and experts alike as users complete a fitness test before they begin to make sure the suggested exercises are not too hard or easy. Cost: Free on iOS and Android. Find it: fitstar.com
C25K: The Couch to 5K program is ideal for beginner runners who want to see what all the fuss is about running. For eight weeks, you train three days a week for 30 minutes using intervals of walking and running to build up your endurance. Cost: Free on iOS and Android. Find it: c25kfree.com
Periscope: By the makers of Twitter, this app lets users broadcast live video privately to a few friends or publicly to your Twitter followers via a link or all Periscope users. When your broadcast is over, you can make it available. Cost: Free on iOS and Android. Find it: periscope.tv