The fitness economy in China is on track for a boom with app creators running to take the lead. China’s sports and fitness market was worth $216 billion in 2016 and by 2015 it should exceed $725 billion, according to a report published by The Economist and sponsored by the Chinese sportswear giant Anta Sports. The fitness industry efforts are also sponsored by the government which is aiming for a 1.5 trillion yuan increase in national spending on sports and fitness by 2020.

Here are some of the top 7 fitness apps in China.

With its 100 million users, Yodo Run knows how to motivate people to get in shape – cash incentives. Launched in 2014, the app tracks user activity and rewards their healthy behavior with virtual red envelopes containing up to RMB 2, medals, prizes, and certificates. Prizes can be used to get discounts in the app’s online store. As Yodo Run’s founder Hu Maowei explained (in Chinese), the core idea is to make the user’s experience feel more like a game.

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Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.