Best Health and Fitness Apps to Use in 2018

running fitnessThe new year has just started, and many people are getting back on track with their fitness routines or are looking to begin a healthier way of living. There are many things that you can do on your own to get healthy, but sometimes it is good to have a little extra motivation, support, or education. There are many tools that are available to help you along the way – like health and fitness apps. Health and Fitness apps vary in cost – some are completely free of charge, others charge a monthly or annual fee, others have a free version – but charge to unlock additional premium content.

We have rounded up a list of health and fitness apps (both new and old) that we think you should take a look at in 2018.

Nike + Training Club –

You will have no problem finding the workout that suits your fitness goals with Nike Training Club. This app offers over 160 free workouts including strength, endurance, boxing, yoga, and mobility, all led by Nike Master trainers. Workouts last from 15-45 minutes and range from low to high intensity. You can even find workout routines inspired by famous athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo, Serena Williams, and Michael B. Jordan.

Cost: There is no charge to use this app

Endomondo –

This is a personal fitness and training app that uses a GPS to track over 40 of your fitness activities such as running, walking, and cycling. Endomondo provides you with a workout summary for the duration of your workout and calculates the distance, speed, and the number of calories you burned. You can connect with friends and receive pep talks, comment on their workouts, compete against them, and share results. You can also sync Endomondo with other apps and wearables like MyFitnessPal, Google Fit, Garmin, and Android Wear.

Cost: The app is free – in app purchases are available ranging from $0.99 – $29.99 per item

bike healthStrava Running and Cycling –

This app tracks your distance, speed, elevation, and calories burned of your running or cycling workouts. It compares your performance over time and gives you monthly personal challenges to improve your fitness. Strava Running and Cycling is also a social app where you can view the activities of your friends and encourage them while they encourage you. You can share your running and cycling activities through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It has a GPS and a heart monitor.

Cost: The app is free, in app purchases are available ranging from $5.99 – $60.00 per item

Couch to 5K –

RunDouble’s version of this training app has programs that can help you achieve your goal of running a 5K, 10K, or half marathon. This app tracks your time, distance, and pace that starts at one-minute intervals. You can link this app to the workout diary on MyFitnessPal, and it is compatible with Android Wear. Couch to 5K helps you to track your progress and provides you with vital workout statistics. All the running programs on this app are free for the first two weeks. After that, you can continue to do free fun runs or continue to use the running programs for a small fee.

Cost: The app is free, in app purchases are available ranging from $1.59 – $3.20 per item

Yoga Daily Fitness –

Yoga has many benefits such as improving flexibility, developing muscle tone, improving bone health, and improving balance. This app provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to practice yoga. You are provided with a yoga fitness program, relaxing yoga music, yoga workout reminders, and instruction videos.

Cost: There is no charge to use this app

Fooducate –

Losing weight isn’t just about having the right workout routine. It also involves having a healthy diet. Fooducate is an app that can help you achieve your weight loss goals by showing you how to eat the right foods. You can track the quality of the foods you eat, and over 250,000 food products are graded from A, B, C, and D. You can also receive alternative food recommendations based on the foods you eat, and you can connect with others who use Fooducate. This health app was awarded first prize by the U.S. Surgeon General Healthy App Challenge.

Cost: The app is free, in app purchases are available ranging from $1.99 – $74.99 per item

mySugr –

A growing number of Americans are developing diabetes as the obesity rate continues to rise. The mySugr app helps people with diabetes keep track of their blood sugar levels, carb intake, and estimated HbA1c levels through a logbook. This free app provides you with motivating challenges, detailed reports that you can provide to your doctor, and medical analysis. You and integrate mySugr with Google Fit and Accu-Check. Healthline selected the mySugr app as the Top Diabetes App from 2015-2017

Cost: The app is free, in app purchases are available ranging from $0.99 – $27.99 per item

food for healthMyFitnessPal –

If you are looking to take your diet and weight loss goals to the next level, you may want to check out the calorie and nutrient tracking app MyFitnessPal. MyFitnessPal gives you the ability to track micronutrients and macronutrients. There are a lot of great features such as a barcode scanner, recipe importer, restaurant logging, water tracking, goal setting, exercise and weight tracking, You can sync this app with over 50 other apps. There is a large social community, to where you can exchange recipes, ask questions, and cheer each other on.

Cost: The app is free, in app purchases are available ranging from $0.99 – $49.99 per item

Freeletics –

If you don’t like lifting weights but want to develop your muscles, then you will want to get the Freeletics app. This free app has over 900 bodyweight workouts to help you lose weight and build muscle. No equipment is necessary, and workout lasts from 5 to 30 minutes. You can choose your ability level from beginner to advanced and receive a weekly workout plan that helps you progress through different levels.

Cost: The app is free, in app purchases are available ranging from $9.88 – $134.99 per item

ShopWell –

ShopWell is a free app recommended by CNN, Cooking Light, USA Today, and more – that allows you to scan barcodes and instantly find the nutritional food value of the foods you’re buying. This app provides alerts and support for food allergies and food goals including: Diabetes, high cholesterol, anemia, osteoporosis, and many common food allergies.

Cost: There is no charge to use this app

Sweatcoin- 

This step counter and activity tracker app is unique in that it pays you ‘sweat coin’ digital currency for your activity. This is the incentive some need to keep up their motivation when trying to stay with a workout program. You can spend your sweatcoins that you earn on goods and services with their vendor partners, donate them to charity, or exchange them with your friends and family for whatever you want.

Cost: There is no charge to use this app

Sworkit –

This app gives you the ability to improve your fitness without difficult exercises or a pricey gym membership. There are guided workout plans and custom workout plans. If you have any questions about your workout, then you can contact a trainer who can provide you with some feedback.

Cost: The app is free, in app purchases are available ranging from $2.99 – $79.99 per item

Blogilates –

This app features workout videos and healthy recipes from YouTube fitness star Cassey Ho . Videos include POP Pilates, POP HIITs, POP-Challenge, and Cheap Clean Eats. You can connect to a community of POPsters in an Instagram-like forum and share pictures, swap recipes, get exercise tips, and more.

Cost: The app is free, in app purchases are available ranging from $0.99 – $1.99 per item

StrongLifts 5×5 –

This free app will help you build muscle and burn fat through weight training. If you don’t have a lot of time to exercise, then lifting weightsStrongLifts 5×5 will show you how to accomplish your fitness goals with three 45-minute workouts per week. You can record the number of weights, sets, and reps you lift, know which exercises to perform and graph your progression. You can also view videos to see how the exercises are performed.

Cost: The app is free, in app purchases are available ranging from $1.99 – $9.99 per item

PowerNap –

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, exercising and eating a healthy diet are frequently mentioned. Sleeping should also be included in the healthy lifestyle conversation. Sleeping helps the body recover from work-related stress to a heavy workout. PowerNap is a customizable app that allows you to get the sleep you need during the day. You can set your nap duration and set the alarm ringtone. You can also add or subtract minutes to your nap even when the alarm has already been set.

Cost: There is no charge to use this app

This list is just a sample of the hundreds of health and fitness apps that are available. Whether you are looking for a new diet plan, exercise routine, a way to relax and meditate, or all of the above, there is an app out there for you. These apps can also track your progress to make sure you are hitting the goals that you, a trainer, or a medical professional have established for you. Many of these apps prove that it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to get healthy. Choose one or more apps that work best for you and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.