7 Free Apps to Help You Get Fit in 2018

Hoping to get in shape this year? Before you fork over the cash for a gym membership, try these free workout options.

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One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight or get in shape.

With all that motivation at the start of the year, gyms tend to see a spike in memberships. I get bombarded with online ads and even snail-mail promotions from gyms the first couple of months of the year.

Discounted gym memberships can be tempting, but why not work out at home? Check out articles like “15 Simple Ways to Burn Calories Without the Gym.” Or simply pull out your phone.

A host of fitness apps can spare you the cost of a gym membership — not to mention the time and cost of driving to the gym. They enable you to get a workout in as little as seven minutes. Many of these apps are free, too.

To help you get into shape in 2018, here are some of the best free fitness apps:

1. HealthyWage

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Platform: iPhone and Android

If you’re competitive like me, HealthyWage is the perfect app for losing weight. You can challenge your friends, family or co-workers to lose weight, and you could win big — like real-cash big.

If you win your challenge, you win money. Getting paid will help keep you on track with your workouts.

To learn more about HealthyWage, check out “Don’t Pay to Lose Weight — Get Paid Instead.”

2. (Couch to 5K)

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Platform: iPhone and Android

In two months, you’ll be off your couch and crushing 5K runs with this app. isn’t designed for longtime runners but to help first-time runners prepare to compete in a five-kilometer run.

Try to carve out some time in the mornings to get going on this one, as most workouts are about 30 to 40 minutes.


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Platform: iPhone and Android

What better way to get your run on than by escaping from zombies? If you suspect the world will eventually come under attack by zombies, is perfect for getting prepared.

In short, you will hear music and also receive post-apocalyptic missions through your headphones. When you’re being chased by zombies — which you’ll hear, too — you must speed up.


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Platform: iPhone and Android

If you ever want to quit because you don’t think you’re doing enough, think of what you could be doing for others.

donates to a charity of your choice through corporate sponsors. There are more than 30 charities to pick from.

The more you move, the more you earn for your charity. More than $2.5 million has been earned this way so far.


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Platform: iPhone and Android

In seven minutes with , you’ve done an entire workout for the day.

It is one of the best options for short but effective workouts. The app was designed by Chris Jordan, director of exercise physiology at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute.

I’ve used 7 Minute Workout myself, and it’s the real deal.


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Platform: iPhone and Android

I’ve used for a few years to track my calorie intake, and it’s one of the oldest and most trustworthy health apps around.

Logging calories is as easy as a quick scan of the packages of foods you’re eating. You can also track your water intake and exercise to make sure you’re burning enough calories.


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Platform: iPhone

tracks your activity and nutrition like many other apps do. It also stays up on your body measurements, reproductive health and your health records.

It’s probably the most comprehensive wellness app — and it comes pre-installed on many iPhones.

What are your favorite workout apps? Share them in the comments or on .

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Dori Zinn
Dori Zinn

I'm a personal finance journalist with articles featured in Huffington Post, Bankrate, Wirecutter, and others.

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