Whatever your fitness plan, there's an app out there for you
There’s nothing like an Olympic Games to leave you feeling flabby and inferior.
Just searching for the red button is exhausting – let alone sprinting to the fridge for another square of cheeky chocolate.
If the incredible feats of human endeavour witnessed in Rio have left you wanting to shed your own olympic-sized rings, though, help is at hand.
Forget that gym membership: all it takes a quick trip to the App Store and, before you can say “Usain Bolt might be quick but I’d like to see him on Wii Fit”, you’ll have the abs of an athlete.
You’re a weight watcher
MyFitnessPal makes food-tracking super-simple
Already doing your best to banish the pounds? Give your diligent dieting a boost with MyFitnessPal, a calorie-counting companion that combines food-logging with exercise data from the likes of Withings, Fitbit and Jawbone to provide an all-in-one answer to waistline control.
With a database of more than one million meals – as well as the option to add your own – it’s a cinch to stick in those chicken nugget cheat days.
You’re a wannabe Wiggins
If the two-wheeled Rio action left you looking for your Lycra, it’s time to download Strava – the handlebar app used by millions. Track your trails with GPS smarts, race along routes set by others and tap into all sorts of pedal-powered data – from distance to speed to elevation.
It’ll play nice with a host of trackers and watches, while pairing it with a heart-rate monitor really pumps things up.
You’re a couch potato
Say no to the sofa with C25K, an 8-week life-changer that’ll have you running a 5km race in a jiffy. Three half-hour sessions a week is all it takes, as you’re cheered on to your training goals by vocal cues from an audio coach.
It's compatible with Nike+ and several fitness apps, and easy sharing integration means you can trumpet your newfound fitness to all your Facebook friends.
You’re a busy bee
Seven aims to get you fit in seven-minute bursts over seven months
Leave the excuses on the living room floor: Seven squeezes your daily dose of sweating into just 420 seconds, and it does so without a gym in sight.
Every exercise is bodyweight-only, while premium members gain access to a host of targeted workouts. A session a day for seven months is the aim, with an array of awards to encourage your commitment – in case the bulging biceps in the mirror aren’t enough.
You’re a yoga lover
Pocket Yoga: It's flexi time
Searching for your chakra? Put Pocket Yoga on your smartphone and you’ll be stretching and swaying in seconds. With 27 sessions of varying difficulty, even first-time plankers ought to be OK, while a dictionary of poses will put paid to downward dog confusion.
Voice instructions mean you can keep your focus without looking down, too, so you can dream of that blueberry chia smoothie in peace.
You’re a gym bunny
Quit paying that personal trainer: a bank of more than 1300 exercises – each explained with animations – together with a host of workout plans make Jefit a true motion-motivator.
What’s more, gym logs and performance charts leave little to the imagination, so you’ll have to stop stretching the truth about your one-rep max. If you’re more of a trailblazer, you can create your own routines, too.
You’re a social sweater
Started by a husband and wife team committed to fitness, Fitness Blender has grown into a vast community of like-minded movers and sweaters – and the app brings its infectiously social approach to your phone.
Like a giant group chat of ab-crunching fans, this is workout life made sociable, with bumps and trends the order of the day. From GIFs to videos, posts to pictures, this isn’t one for the shy gym-goer.
You’re a pavement pounder
If you prefer a little old-school sprinting, Runtastic will jot down your jogs with GPS logging, as well as delivering duration, distance and calorie data which can be exported to other fitness apps.
Audio feedback ought to help make hitting that personal best a breeze – as should social leaderboards that’ll show up any slackers in your midst. It plays nicely with Android Wear, too, as well as Runtastic’s own wearable hardware.
You’re a slow mover
Fitbit's app combines step-tracking with social aspects
If your pace is a little more sedate, Fitbit’s app makes step-tracking a doddle. Even without a wearable to pair it with, it can use your smartphone’s accelerometer to sense your movement, as daily goals get you pacing.
A simple interface paired with nifty features such as GPS logging make it winner for walkers, while social challenges mean you can put your pals to the test with a weekend step-off.
You’re a gambler
Pact could earn you money as you get buff
If it’s money that motivates you, Pact will put your pounds on the line – in more ways than one. Wager how many days you reckon you can work out, risk some pennies, then hit the gym. Pair it with apps such as MapMyRun, track workouts with GPS and check in at the gym – all to hit your targets.
The good news? If you manage it, you’ll start raking in the pennies lost by others.