OK, we all understand the value of getting exercise and sticking with it, but most of us need a little motivation to get our butts off of whatever relaxing contraption we find ourselves resting on.

Well, a good start is getting those fingers some exercise by using your smartphone and downloading some of these workout apps. All of these are free! Good luck!

Jefit

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There’s no need to carry that notebook around the gym, Jefit does that all for you on your phone. You can personalize workout routines to your preferences, record your training logs with one click, track rest time and analyze your workout data.

The app has over 1,300 exercises and if you’re are relative newbie, you can download workout routines from Jefit or from those in the community.

So, check it out and get motivation from a large community of app users!

Download the app: iPhone | Android

Sworkit Lite Personal Workout Trainer*

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With Sworkit, you choose a category of workout (selecting which part of your body you want to work out), set your time limit and get going! There’s video and audio instructions that make it easy for you to follow and get through the workout.

Workouts include strength, stretching, cardio, Pilates and yoga.

*Also of note: This Sworkit app is highly-lauded and actually holds the title of being the best fitness app, according to a recent study. That’s because it was the only app that met more than half of the study’s criteria (a lot of apps score low on flexibility, so make sure to get that in, too!)

Download the app: iPhone | Android


7-Minute Workout

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This is a great app for those of us who just need to get in a quick workout between whatever we’re doing … Netflix episodes, on break at work, etc.

Just fire up the 7-Minute Workout app by Johnson and Johnson and you’ll get exactly that, a workout in 7 minutes. I’ve linked to Johnson & Johnson’s version of the app because they provide even more options to the traditional app: more exercises, modifications, etc. Have fun!

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Download the app: iPhone | Android


Pact

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OK, this is technically free to download, but there is a money aspect involved. For those of us who need even MORE motivation to get us going, Pact adds a powerful incentive for health: cash stakes. The deal is that you make a weekly “Pact” to exercise more or eat healthier by setting an amount you’ll pay other Pact members if you don’t reach it.

The beauty of it is, however, that you can actually get money for living healthy – by those who slack off. Crazy notion, I know. But possibly effective … I suggest this for the person who really, truly needs some motivation to get things going.

Download the app: iPhone | Android


Zombies, Run!

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Here’s a fun one. Running can really be a pain for some of us, but why not make a game of it … with zombies?

“Zombies, Run!” places you in a classic setting of the zombie-filled post-apocalypse. Your character is a runner on his or her way to humanity’s last outposts. The outpost inhabitants need your help to gather supplies and such … but they don’t know about your other mission.

Periodically, zombies will get close, so you’ll have to speed up. And the story is pretty dang good too. Oh, and you’ll need headphones!

Download the app: iPhone | Android

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