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You really don't have any more excuses left to avoid your next run.

Let's get real. Our daily schedules are packed, and sometimes it feels as if we don't have the extra push to get up after a long day to go workout. Luckily, getting an effective workout is a download away with top fitness apps that assist you in getting everything you need out of that run around the block. 

You can spend hundreds of dollars on a new fad diet and steep gym memberships, or you can rely on one of these five free fitness apps to reach your goals.

1) Sworkit

The app's name is short for "simply work it," and it captures the app's mission exactly. Users have the option to pick more than 20 different pre-built workouts like cardio, yoga, strength training, and stretching. Each workout guides users with audio cues and real trainers who demonstrate the motions. 

Besides the clean, user-friendly interface, the best thing about Sworkit is that it allows you to tailor specific workout lengths to your schedule. Users can snag in a quick or lengthy personal workout at any minute of the day.

Screenshot via Sworkit App

Screenshot via Sworkit App

2) C25K

C25k, otherwise known as "Couch to 5k," is the perfect fitness app if you are a beginner trying to reach a set goal. This app gets you off your couch, literally, and trains you in intervals to prepare you for running a 5k after an eight-week plan. Users will workout three times a week, with breaks between each day, and each session will last between 30 to 40 minutes. C25k is very user-friendly, and it helps you feel positive after each day completed.

The point of the app is to show users that it is alright if you weren't born a runner; you can just as easily transform into one. 

Screenshot via C25K App

Screenshot via C25K App

3) Nike+ Training Club

Nike+ Training Club is designed specifically for women, but ideally anyone can use it. The app includes more than 85 instructor-narrated workout routines curated by Nike’s professionals, pro athlete,s and celebrities like Glee star Lea Michele, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, and personal trainer Ary Nunez, who trains Rihanna. The app tracks your progress the more you use it and utilizes a reward system as encouragement to keep pushing. Users can link or create their own playlist to go along with the routines, while audio cues help you along the way. 

The app gives you the option to create an end goal, tailoring each workout to help you achieve the level of fit you desire. Be prepared before beginning your workout with Nike+. The app doesn't take breaks lightly.

Screenshot via Nike+ Training Club App


Screenshot via Nike+ Training Club App

4) Strava

Strava takes tracking your run or cycle ride to a whole other level. The app lets you map and keep record of your distance by integrating a geographic map. It includes a "Labs" feature to test different outcomes, like the ability to replay your cardio trail on its desktop interface after you have finished.

The most interesting aspect about Strava is competition. The app lets you follow your friends to see just how good they actually say they are at running or cycling. After you have completed your customized workout, you can compare your performance against other runners and riders who have the app as well to see who hit the finish line first. Many who run marathons use the app to track their biggest competitors to target them and take notes for the next race.

Screenshot via Strava App

Screenshot via Strava App

5) Charity Miles

With every mile you run or walk using Charity Miles, you are able to make a difference to more than 30 worldwide charities. The interface is sleek, easy to use, and straightforward. Before each use, you choose a charity like Feed America, Stand Up To Cancer, or Habitat For Humanity, and proceed with your exercise of choice. According to the app's website, $1.7 million has been raised with the deadline of May 2017 in the distance. 

Whether you are on a leisure stroll with your dog, walking to catch the bus, or running your favorite trail Charity Miles helps you to feel like you accomplished more than just a workout.

Screenshot via Charity Miles App


Screenshot via Charity Miles App

These apps are free to download, so you really don't have any more excuses left to avoid your next run.

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