Is that a personal trainer in your pocket?

Motivated by the glorious summer weather (so far), England’s dismal World Cup performance and a record medal haul by the home countries at the Commonwealth Games, we’ve put together a list of some great apps to help turn us into gods and goddesses of fitness. And with so many of us now owning smartphones and being able to take your fitness trainer with you everywhere, there really is no excuse for being a couch potoato.

1. RunKeeper. 

Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.Runkeeper
What it is: An easy app to use and much favoured by one or two of the more energetic Tipsters, RunKeeper puts all your running stats (pace, distance, and time) at your fingertips in a bold format which is perfect to see “on the run.” It also organises the data into charts, so you can track your progress during your cooldown walk.

Why it’s tipped: not only does RunKeeper track your running stats, but it also keeps track of the awe-inspiring sites along your running route by letting you share snapshots with friends. Which is rather sociable. But the big attraction is that RunKeeper’s GPS can log not just runs, but also walks, bike rides, hikes, and more.

2. Noom Weight Loss Coach.

NoomCost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

What it is: A personalised coaching app that helps you form healthy habits through daily tasks, meal logging, and exercise tracking. Log meals and workouts while the integrated pedometer counts your steps all day.

Why it’s tipped: Noom offers the encouragement and support you need to stay motivated, and even though some of it is a bit USA orientated, the daily health and wellness articles sent your way and the healthy recipes are practical and useful. Colour-coded logging teaches you which foods are really healthy (and which aren’t). The huge food database is loaded with nearly one million foods, including meals at popular restaurants and local cuisines.

3. Human.

HumanCost: Free. Available for iOS

What it is: A casual fitness app that encourages you to take on the “Daily 30”, which is exactly what it sounds like: thirty minutes of physical activity, every day, whenever and in whatever way you want. You hear about it all the time on various media – now you’ll have no excuse not to be casually fit!

Why it’s tipped: Walk, run, skip, gallop, dance, jump up and down while you’re on the phone to your mother —as long as you’re being active for more than a minute at a time, no matter what you’re doing, Human tracks your movement and lets you know when you’ve achieved your Daily 30.

4. The Walk. 

The WalkCost: £1.99 iOS (currently on offer); £2.79 Android.

What it is: we really like this, even though it’s a bit kooky! Turn a routine stroll into a thrilling adventure as this ‘gamified’ pedometer tracks minutes walked and steps taken—all while users participate in games in which they’re tasked with saving the world (by walking long distances, of course). If you’re involving the kids it makes a nice change from the usual ‘kill everyone in sight’ games.

Why it’s tipped: Before you set out, choose an episode and follow the storyline to your destination. With each step tracked, more and more clues are revealed. Users can always elect to change the story, making it more intense depending on fitness level. So it’s like playing a game AND getting fit. And playing a game…

5. Calm.

CalmCost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

What it is: Not a traditional fitness app, maybe, but with the recent, (much overdue we think) focus on mental health, we really like this light-hearted, pretty app. Calm offers a soothing, guided meditation app for whenever you need a break—even just a short one—from your day.

Why it’s tipped: Whether you’re searching for focus, creativity, energy, confidence, or a little extra sleep, Calm offers 50 guided meditations to choose from—which you can sync with 16 soothing music tracks by meditation music master, Kip Mazuy. Plus, new content is added monthly. It gives you the perfect, tech-based reason to take a break!

Do you have a favourite fitness app? Is there something you’d like us investigate? Email us ( or post a comment here.


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