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5 Fitness Apps To Help You Get Healthy

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If focusing on fitness, even in a small way, is on your plans for the summer, we found some great apps to help you get started.  Some are iPhone exclusive (I), some are compatible with Blackberrys (B) and Androids (A), and some are even accessible online (O), so you don’t have to have a smartphone at all.  A healthy you is a really good you!

1. My Fitness Pal (I, B, A, O)

We have mentioned this free app before, but there is none better for calorie counting and exercise tracking.  The iPhone app lets you enter your calories, weight and exercise on the go.  The online version syncs together with your smartphone data (if applicable) and lets you access message boards, join together with friends, and input your meals, weight and fitness activity.  It is a great way to see how many calories you’re taking in daily.  If you make it a game to see if you can come in under or right at your calorie goal for the day, it’s even more fun!

2.  Run Keeper (I, B, O)

Don’t let the name fool you, even if you are not a runner this free app and site makes it easy to keep track of your fitness activities.  You can enter everything from treadmill walking at the gym to snowboarding to wheelchair activity.  There is even a fitness community on the site that helps you stay focused and motivated.

3.  THI Personal Trainer (I)

If you are looking for an iPhone app that helps you set up a personal training routine, this is a great one to start with.  The THI Personal Trainer Lite is free to download and since all of the data is stored on your phone, there is no need for wi-fi or 3G connectivity to use it.  Right now it is an iPhone only app.

4.  Lose It! (I, O)

Even if you don’t have an iPhone, you can access this great app/program online.  Track your calories, share with friends, and even download your data into Excel.  The detailed reports are perfect for those who want to keep track of their progress.  The reminders to track your calories is also helpful in case you forget!

5.  Map My Fitness (I, B, A, O)

Think of this mobile app as the GPS tracker that wants to help you get in shape.  Not only does it track your route, it also can keep track of your pace, speed and stats.  If you are serious about running, biking, walking, or any activity that would benefit from route tracking, this is the app to go to.  You can also manually input indoor workouts and treadmill times.  Available for the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and online, this smart app will keep all of your workout data together.

What are some of your favorite fitness apps?  Do you have one that you have used with great success?  Share it with us below!


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