5 Apps to Keep You Fit

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Making the decision to get healthy and fit is just part of the battle. Then comes sticking to a workout routine, learning how to eat right, and staying motivated. Calorie-counting and weight-loss tracking have become simpler thanks to mobile apps that provide instant access to important information and help you monitor your progress over time. Here are a few apps to keep you fit.

1. CountEat. Calories: A Unique Approach to Calorie Counting

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Counting calories is a real drag. If you don't want to lug around a 10-pound book with an index of every food under the sun and spend hours looking up foods and adding numbers, try an app such as CountEat.Calories. This app takes a different approach to the old method of counting calories, using estimates of the calorie counts of the meals you eat and estimating how many calories you should cut to reach your target weight loss goal. This app is just 99 cents at the App Store.

2. Endomondo Sports Tracker: Take Your Fitness Social

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If you like a little encouragement from your friends, Endomondo is the app for you. With the ability to connect with and share your fitness progress with other users, Endomondo puts the social into fitness. This app tracks your progress using GPS to calculate how far you've run, walked, jogged, cycled, and more. There's a free version, or you can opt for the pro version for $4.99.

3. Everest: Helping You Attain Your Loftiest Goals

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Everest is an app used for so much more, but it's ideal for fitness motivation. Tell Everest what your goals are and it will send you push notifications to encourage you and keep you moving in the right direction. Whether your goal is to run on the treadmill for 30 minutes each day, drink a protein shake each morning, cut out 200 calories from your dinner menu, or actually climb Mt. Everest, Everest will be behind you every step of the way — for free.

4. Couch-to-5K: Train for Your Next 5K with Ease

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Never ran a marathon? It takes a lot of prep work to get ready for a 5K, but Couch-to-5K is an app that offers practical advice and clearly thought-out plans to get you there. In just 30 minutes a day, three times per day for nine weeks, you could be ready to run your first 5K — even if you've never done it before.

It's free to download, but like most apps, it's a little data-hungry. If you're prepping at home, use your own network, such as one from www.internetserviceproviders.com, to save valuable data usage.

5. Obstacles XRT: Challenge Yourself with Extreme Reality Training

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If you get easily bored with the same-old routines, Obstacles XRT takes you to the next level. Using extreme reality training, you'll jump tires, work your way out of quick sand, crawl under fences and more — all from the comfort of home with zero equipment necessary. Sound intriguing? Obstacles XRT can be yours for just $1.99.

Staying fit and healthy doesn't have to seem time-consuming or boring anymore. Thanks to innovative apps that put the fun back into fitness and the time back into your day, it's easier than ever to reach your fitness goals.