Best Free Fitness Apps to Start Your New Year

With 2017 here already, we’re betting you’re ready to make it your best year yet.

Many of us are making new year resolutions involving fitter, healthier and happier versions of ourselves. We know the intentions we set at the beginning of a new year can easily peter out after the first month, so we’re recruiting some help from technology to keep us going strong!

This year, maintain your fitness resolutions with these fitness apps. Whilst some come with in-app purchases and/or subscriptions, they are all free to download and are easy to get yourself going!

Couch to 5K

If your 2017 fitness resolution is to be able to start running, this is the app to get you there. It provides a free 8 week program which includes three workouts per week to build up your stamina. By the end of the 8 weeks, you will be ready to tackle that mini marathon like you’ve been running for years.


After the success of her YouTube videos, creator Cassey Ho developed the Blogilates app which provides users with access to all of her video content and guides, an online forum for support and discussion as well as a monthly workout calendar.

Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout

If you know you’re someone who always seem to run out of time to exercise, this app is everything you need to banish the excuses and get moving! All you need is a sturdy chair and a spare 7 minutes (11 minutes tops if you include a warm up and cool down).

It caters for all levels of ability and intensity, allowing the user to pick their level of workout.

A medium intensity workout, for example, includes the likes of jumping jacks, pushups, planks, crunches, triceps dips and more. The app also coaches you through each move as it starts so you are performing each exercise correctly!

Charity Miles

We love the concept behind this app and just had to include it in our list!

Charity Miles works with charities and corporate sponsors to raise money and encourage us to get outside and move. All you do after creating an account is pick your charity from the list and get walking/running. A sponsor then donates a few cents for every mile you move to your charity of choice.

Whilst Charity Miles is an American-based app, there are world-wide charity options including the World Wildlife Fund, Save the Children and The World Food Programme. There are currently 9 major sponsors involved including Johnson & Johnson, MasterCard and Chobani.

Lorna Jane

If you’re hoping to maintain an all-over healthy way of living in 2017, the Lorna Jane app embodies her Move Nourish Believe philosophy. It’s simple to use and sends reminders to keep you motivated and feeling positive.

The ‘Move’ section allows you to track your exercise time, distance travelled, average speed and calories burnt. You can specify your method of exercise (anything from walking, running, cross circuit, spin class and more) and allows you to earn medals as motivation and targets for each workout. You can also view other people’s suggested circuits and tracks in the area according to your location.

The ‘Nourish’ section provides you with healthy recipes to fuel your body properly and ‘Believe’ sends you inspirational quotes to brighten your day.

What are your top apps to keep you on track with your health and fitness goals?

Share them with us below!


Image Credit: Lorna Jane

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