4 Free Fitness Apps That Will Actually Get You Results

mbg Contributor By Leigh Weingus
mbg Contributor
Leigh Weingus is a New York City based freelance journalist writing about health, wellness, feminism, entertainment, personal finance, and more. She received her bachelor’s in English and Communication from the University of California, Davis.

Fitness apps are tricky. While it's always nice to have some guidance when you're motivating yourself to go for a run early in the morning, there's a fine line between healthy motivation and obsessively tracking all the calories you burned through movement on any given day.

At mbg, fitness is about the whole picture. It's not just the miles you run—it's the yoga you do, the minutes you spend being mindful. Which is why we rounded up four fitness apps that will help you get the results you want without the negativity.

1. Yoga Wake Up

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If you're guilty of spending the first 10 minutes of your day reading emails and scrolling through your Instagram feed, Yoga Wake Up is the way to go. This app syncs with the alarm on your phone, guiding you straight from sleep into a gentle 10-minute yoga practice. Some sequences also include breathing and meditation segments.

Best for: Starting your day on a positive, healthy note

Length: 10 minutes

Cost: Free

Check it out here.

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2. PumpUP

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When it comes to fitness, a positive community is key. PumpUp calls itself the "world's most positive fitness community," and for good reason—it has 5 million members in over 150 countries to cheer you on in the activity of your choice, whether that's running, walking, weightlifting, and more.

Best for: Getting a group workout in without the high price point

Length: Any—whether your workout is two minutes or two hours, every moment counts.

Cost: PumpUP is free, with extra perks like certified coaches for $50 per month.

Check it out here.

3. Nike+ Training

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If you think of hard-core marathon runners when you think of Nike, you're not wrong—but the Nike+ training app takes each and every activity into account and encourages a balanced fitness routine. In other words, if you biked to work, that counts as exercise. Log it!

Best for: Those moments when you need to remind yourself that yes, spending a perfect summer day walking around the city with your friends counts as exercise.

Length: Any. Log that 30-second plank!

Cost: Free

Check it out here.

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4. Adidas ALL DAY

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This summer, Adidas is rolling out an app that tracks it all—the minutes you spent meditating, sleeping, moving, and more. At the end of the day, you'll get to see how many hours of that day you spent taking care of your body, not just the hours you spent exercising.

Best for: Those days when you're craving meditation more than the treadmill.

Length: Any

Cost: Free

Check it out here.

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