​It's never easy to force yourself off the sofa into a lycra ensemble, particularly when there's an episode of Eastenders on the telly. But with a few simple tips and tricks from these handy fitness apps, exercising will become an absolute breeze. Here are our favourites. 

Couch to 5k 

Love being a couch potato? Then this app's for you! If you find it hard to leave the confines of your sofa, this app will get you into gear. The idea of the app is to gradually train you up to running 5k. You use the app for 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week, then by the end of the nine-week programme, you'll be able to run a 5k race.

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You can choose your virtual coach – there is a Sergeant if that floats your boat – and they'll be there all the way to encourage you to keep going when you're finding your training tough. ​There's also a GPS function which means you won't get lost whilst you're en route – always handy – and you can track how far you've run and your overall running pace. There's also a music function so you can listen to your favourite tracks while you work out. Available on iTunes (Paid)

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Fitnet is the workout app for people who don't have time to go to the gym. The app has heaps of five- and seven-minute targeted workouts, so you don't have to take too much time out of your schedule to up your fitness game. Plus, the app uses your phone's camera for a whole new kind of selfie—this one is actually quite helpful, and measures how closely you follow the moves shown on the screen. Free with optional in-app purchases; iOS and Android

Zombies Run! 

If you want to add the element of fun into your fitness regime, then download Zombies Run! A fitness app that uses the threat of a mass zombie attack to get you moving! To escape the impending doom of a zombie death, the app will change your route, your running speed and give you helpful tactics to help you reach your ultimate fitness goals. As part app, video game and television show, it's been proved undeniably effective too. In just three years it has been downloaded over a million times. Available free on Android and iOs

Workout Trainer

For something really simple with no frills, try Workout Trainer. It has everything you need to improve your workout routine, and what's more, it's pretty fun too. There are endless guides – many of which come free with the app – but you can pay for additional tutorials with some rather entertaining names, like 'Natural Booty Pop'. Intriguing. ​It's one of the highest-ranking fitness apps in the App Store, and has plenty on there to keep you busy. Easy and practical, one of our favourites of the bunch. Available free on Android and iOs

Nike Training Club

Want a personal trainer without having to fork out hundreds of pounds on one-to-one training sessions? Nike's Training Club app has more than 60 workouts ranging from hard working hour-long sweat sessions to quick-fix toning tonics that target every muscle in the body. ​The more you use it, the more rewards you get, including exclusive workouts from top athletes and celebrity personal trainers. Available free on Android and iOs​

Daily Ab Workout

The Daily Ab Workout is all you need to ensure you achieve a fabulous flat tum for your summer hol. The app features hundreds of belly-blasting moves and exercises, and the workouts are really easy to follow. ​It also comes with a handy healthy food feature, so you can focus on foods that burn body fat and tone your tum. There are also daily arm, leg and bum workouts to tone all of your trouble areas. Available free on Android and iOs​​​

Pocket Yoga Yoga is the perfect way to de-stress and unwind, but it will also work to strengthen your core and tone your muscles too. If you want to get started with some simple yoga stretches, but feel a little intimidated about joining a class, Pocket Yoga is a great introduction. ​With detailed voice and visual instructions to guide you through every pose, – 150 poses to be exact – posture and positioning, with a workout log that tracks your progress, so you know by the end of it how much you've improved. Available on Android and iOS (Paid)


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