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5 apps to download now for a healthier 2018

No matter what your health and fitness goals are for 2018, an app can be an easy way to find support and expert advice that will keep you motivated and hitting your goals throughout the year.

Here we round up five apps that will keep you covered across all areas of health this year.

An app for runners

Fit Radio app. Photo: AFP

If you're a runner who needs a soundtrack to your workout, then Fit Radio is the app for you.

The app offers users hundreds of DJ-mixed playlists to choose from, which can be selected according to what genre of music you like or what workout you're doing, Runners can also match their pace to the beat of the music to keep them going on even the longest of runs.

Free download. A premium subscription is available starting at $2.99 per month.

An app for gym

Aaptiv app. Photo: AFP

Aaptiv is an all-round app for fitness fans offering guided workouts from expert trainers across a variety of sports, whether it's running, cycling, strength training, yoga, or even meditation.

Users simply need to choose a class on the app based on their preferred trainer, program, intensity, or music, pop in their ear phones, and then listen to a trainer talk you through your workout, which is set to an upbeat playlist to keep you you going.

Free download. In-app purchases are available for unlimited on-demand classes starting at $9.99.

An app for meditation

Insight Timer app. Photo: AFP

Insight Timer is a comprehensive app to get you started with meditation or take your practice deeper. Offering nearly 8,000 free guided meditations and featuring over 1,500 meditation teachers, users can choose a meditation based on their mood and how long they want to meditate for, as well as a range of bells and ambient sounds for deeper practice. To connect with others interested in meditation, users can also join one of the many discussion groups in the app, and even organize local meet-ups.

Download for free. A subscription to offline mode is available starting at $2.99 per month.

An app for sleep

Sleep Time app. Photo: AFP

Sleep Timer gives users the chance to track their sleep without the need of investing in a fitness tracker. Simply download the app to your phone and place it in your bed at night, the app will then analyze how you sleep and wake you up in your lightest sleep phase to help you feel fresher that morning. For those who have trouble dropping off to sleep there is also a Soundscapes feature which plays relaxing sounds from nature to help you drop off peacefully.

Download for $1.99. In-app purchases are available for premium upgrades starting at $4.99.

An app for yogis

Yoga Studio app. Photo: AFP

The Yoga Studio app from yoga brand Gaiam is suitable for yogis of all levels, enabling users to choose from one of 65 ready-made classes based on level, duration, and what they want to achieve from their class.

Yogis can also choose to download live videos, or create their own classes by linking poses together, and with the option to schedule in classes to your iPhone or iPad calendar to make sure you stay on track with this year's fitness goals.

Download for a free 14-day trial. Monthly subscriptions are available starting at $1.99 per month.

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