Top Fitness Apps That Can Technically Transform Your Health

Don’t have time for the gym? Need to exercise when you travel? These are the best apps to get you moving and staying fit.

Robbie Ann Darby 
Robbie Ann Darby  RAD Experience. Workout top: Lucy Activewear; fitness tracker: Jawbone UP4.

Nearly one-third of U.S. smartphone owners download apps from the fitness and health category. So if you’re looking to use your smartphone to shape up, then you’ll be glad to know that I’ve tracked down the best fitness apps to help you stay on track. They are all totally worth your time and your storage space, so enjoy this download-worthy list.

For Fitness Newbies: Argus

This app is a great way to start your tech-sweaty life because it is all about lifestyle. Argus stays on in the background of your smartphone and tracks almost everything—like when you’re changing elevation, speed, going up stairs and running. The charts are easy to read and super colorful, so enjoy tracking how much daily movement you’re getting in naturally. (Free; iOS.)

For Anti-Gym-goers: Nike+ Training Club

Looking for a free gym membership? Well, here it is. Nike+ Training Club allows you to work out with Nike master trainers (read: Serena Williams and Gabby Douglas) no matter what your level or goal may be. Choose from more than 100 workouts, get motivation from your crew and train better together, all in the palm of your hand. (Free; iOS and Android.)

For Workout Jet-Setters: Sworkit

No equipment required, so no more skipping your workout when you skip town. Get ready to “Simply work it!” with this app, designed for busy people. The high-intensity body-weight workouts are short and sweet (some are only five minutes), and every workout is super easy to follow because of the high-quality videos. Bye-bye, excuses. (Free; iOS, Android and

For Group-Fitness Groupies: Daily Burn

Why go to the gym and fight for a spot in your favorite group-fitness class, when you can get a top-notch workout wherever and whenever? Daily Burn is an app that is filled with hundreds of workout videos led by celebrity trainers. All you need is an Internet connection and a little motivation. (Base price begins at $14.95, but you can try it for free for 30 days: iOS and Android.)

For Walkers-Turned-Runners: C25K