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Need motivation to exercise? There’s an app for that.

It’s now easier than ever to take fitness and health into your own hands – especially if you’re one of the more than 15 million Australians who owns a smartphone.

There are more than 165,000 mobile health apps available for download to smartphones, according to a 2015 report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. These apps help you to track your steps, record what you have eaten during the day and even customise workout plans for you based on the time and equipment you have available.

A report by SurveyMonkey found that more than 50 per cent of US smartphone users downloaded a fitness or health-related app in 2015. While some apps cost about $5 to download or must be paid for via a subscription (the popular Spotify Running app costs $3.99 per month), many of the best apps are free.

But with so many in the app store, how do you know which one will work for you?

Here’s a list suggesting five of the most popular free fitness apps, each offering different ways to motivate you and keep you on track.

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