When it comes to fitness you want an app that’s easy to use and gives you a kick of motivation to get moving. Here are the 5 best free fitness apps to help you tone up and torch calories:

  1. FitStar Personal Trainer

Having a personal trainer is a worthwhile investment, but the price can really add up! Enter Fitstar – an app that gives you tailored workouts but doesn’t drain your wallet. The freestyle sessions are short, require little space, and don’t use any equipment, which means you can do the workouts anytime, anywhere. At the end of each workout you give feedback about how long you lasted and how hard you found the workout. This lets the app adjust the intensity for your next session to keep pushing you along at the right level. This is the feature I love because it means each workout is challenging but achievable, whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned athlete.

  1. Instant Heart Rate

Want to know if you’re in the right training zone? Then take your pulse. This app uses the camera on your smart phone to accurately assess your heart, and can be used at rest or while exercising. The app also comes with a target heart rate calculator to help you figure out your optimal training zone for longer runs or high intensity bursts of interval training.

  1. The Johnson & Johnson Official 7-minute workout

Squeezing in a quick workout between meetings or while your little ones have a nap is now easier than ever. The workouts in the app are categorised into different fitness levels and range from seven to 21 minutes each. Just click on your preferred workout, clear a little bit of space and go! There is also a feature which let’s you design your own custom workouts – just in case you want to throw in some extra burpees for fun.

  1. Daily Yoga

I love yoga and find it completely relaxing – especially when I’m doing it from the comfort of my own home in pj’s. Daily Yoga let’s me perform sun salutations at whatever hour I like with over 50 follow along exercise classes and over 400 poses. Whatever your circumstances, this app has a session suitable for you, from prenatal yoga right through to yoga for weight loss. Go on, zen out a little.

  1. Couch to 5k

I’ve never been a great runner, but last year I decided to give it a proper go and signed up for my first fun run. The apps eight-week program is designed for those who are just taking up running, with three sessions per week that alternate between walking and running to gradually build up your fitness. This app has so many great features including an audio coach while you run, distance and calorie tracking, as well as an in-app music player. The app that proves anyone can be a runner!

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