The new year is the perfect time to start afresh and kick start your health and fitness. Following the festive season in which the majority of us tend to overindulge, January brings with it the exciting feeling of hope and new chances. If making 2015 a healthy year is top of your agenda, then make sure to whip out your smartphone and download some of these apps for a little encouragement.

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is extremely popular for those who like to keep on top of what they are eating and how much. It counts how many calories you have consumed each day, offering you an ideal amount that you should aim for depending on your weight and goals – plus, it is free to download!

Available for Android and iOS devices, you can also connect with friends to encourage and spur each other on – nothing gets people motivated like a little competition now does it?!

RunKeeper

Grab your trainers and head on out with RunKeeper. Available on Android and iOS, it is one of the best apps to use if you hope to improve your fitness levels.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you are just wanting to move around a little bit more or begin training for a marathon, the app will measure your workout distance and keep you informed on your weight loss and fitness improvement. This will, in turn, provide further encouragement during your fitness regime this year.

Sleep Cycle

Sleep is just as important as a good diet and exercise when it comes to being healthy and this new app for the iPhone is a great way to ensure you are getting you wake up from your sleep feeling refreshed.

Place your iPhone in your bed and the app will monitor your movement to figure out which sleep phase you are in. From this it will use a 30 minute alarm window to wake you in your lightest sleep phase, meaning that you will wake up feeling rested rather than wanting more sleep.

My Diet Coach

If weight loss is your ultimate goal, but you find it hard to stay motivated, then My Diet Coach is the app for you!

Offering virtual rewards when you reach your goals as well as uploading motivational photographs to keep you going when the calling from the extra slice of chocolate cake is just a bit too tempting.

Similarly to MyFitnessPal, you can also keep track of the number of calories you’re consuming with a food diary, although this app is better for those who are struggling with will power.

Workout Trainer

If you can’t afford the extortionate prices that personal trainers charge at the gym, then make sure to download the Workout Trainer for free. The app itself offers you thousands of workouts as well as a number of premium programs which will aid in your quest for the perfect body.

You can also create a personal program to really keep on top of where you are with your health and fitness.ADNFCR-2155-ID-801768420-ADNFCR

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