Smart phones connect, educate, and entertain us. And thanks to fitness apps, they help us get in shape too. Here are five of our favorites:
My Fitness Pal (Free) Most successful weight-loss programs will tell you: Keeping a food and exercise diary is crucial to shedding pounds. With more than a million foods to choose from, My Fitness Pal helps you track every calorie you consume.
OptumizeMe (Free) This app lets you battle friends, co-workers, even complete strangers in health-related competitions like “who can walk the most steps?” Join one in progress or create your own then post results to twitter and facebook.
Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra and Tara Stiles ($2) Perfect for yogis on the go, this app features training programs from top yoga masters Deepak Chopra and Tara Stiles. With a selection of individual poses and full routines suitable for all levels, Authentic Yoga is for anyone hoping to build strength, balance and flexibility.
Jog.fm ($2) Need an extra push to finish that final lap? Jog.fm’s music collection for running, cycling and walking moves with you! Set your desired pace and it automatically picks music to match; adjust the tempo to rev it up or cool down.
PaceMaker ($2) Whether training for a half-marathon or simply trying to steady your stride, PaceMaker helps you stay on track. Pick your pace and set how often you want to be alerted and—like your own personal running coach—the app tells you when to speed up and slow down.