If you’ve decided to take up the New Year , New You challenge then you can get better results with a little help from your phone!

Who isn’t guilty of spending too much time staring at their phone screen? Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are part and parcel of our digital lives. Received wisdom says that the gym is the one place we can leave this behind, ideally in the locker. But now with a plethora of fitness apps this advice is being challenged. And boy are there some great new apps to motivate you, coach you, help you track your progress, or just power your exercise with great music. Here are a few of our favourites for when you hit the gym floor.

Interval Timer

This is a great app for those wanting to do some High Intensity Training (HIT). Simply tap in how long you want to exercise and rest, add how many sets you want to do on the bike, treadmill or weights and this handy app does the hard work of keeping you on track.

Available on the App Store Get it on Google Play

My Fitness Pal

As the number one food and fitness app it will do everything for you apart from give you the willpower you need to succeed! You can monitor and control your diet, by using an enormous food database to count calories and log any exercise you do. It also connects with over 50 apps and devices and you can even sync up your Fitbit or Jawbone fitness tracker to really keep on top of your exercise. My Fitness Pal is a must for anyone whose goal is to lose a bit of weight. Sign up at myfitnesspal.com or grab the app below!

Available on the App Store Get it on Google Play

Fitness Buddy 

You’ll never find yourself running out of ideas at the gym with Fitness Buddy. It has hundreds of exercises and workouts with detailed how-to descriptions, so you’ll never get bored of the same old routine. Think of Fitness Buddy as your own personal trainer!

Available on the App Store Get it on Google Play

Music Playlists

Studies have shown that choosing the right music can make you exercise for longer. Play an up tempo song and the chances are that whilst your body is shouting STOP, the music will lift your mood and will you on. So it’s no surprise that two of the biggest music streaming services, Spotify and Apple Music have created workout specific playlists to keep you motivated.

iTunes Playlists Spotify Playlists

Think we’ve missed any handy fitness apps? Let us know what works for you below or via Facebook and Twitter!