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Best Apps of 2011: New Apps for Healthy Living

 

The most common New Year's resolutions for 2011 are nothing new: lose weight, shape up, or make some other positive changes for healthy living. But this year, the help you need to reach your goals (and more) is right at your fingertips—literally. Here, 10 new smartphone and iPad apps to get you revved and help you stay on track with your goals for 2011. The best part: They're all cheap or free. No excuses!


Best Apps to Eat Better


New App #1: Tap & Track

This comprehensive app calculates exactly how many calories you should be eating each day, factoring in things like your job to determine how active you are. You enter what you're eating and how much you're exercising, and Tap & Track creates graphs that make it easy to see your progress, even if the scale doesn't dip that day.

Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Cost: $3.99



New App #2: Google Goggles

Snap a picture of a food label on your smartphone and this app tells you everything you want (or maybe don't want) to know about that product: Nutrition information, the company's website, where it's sold, and more.

Available for: Android, iPhone

Cost: Free


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New App #3: Seafood Watch

Use this new app created by the Monterey Bay Aquarium to choose fish that's good for you and for the environment. Don't know your toro (tuna) from your sake (salmon) on the sushi menu? No worries. The app lists fish by their Japanese names as well.

Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Cost: Free


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Best Apps to Exercise More


New App #4: Map My Fitness

A GPS for your runs, hikes, bike rides and other activities. No running buddy in your city? This application lets you share and compare stats (duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, and calories burned) with friends around the world.

Available for: iPhone, BlackBerry, Android

Cost: Free



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New App #5: BodyFate

In this workout/video game combo, you specify your fitness level, how long you want to work out, and the equipment at your disposal, and it generates a series of fun exercises that challenge your whole body. You won't feel like you're working out—but you'll look like you did it!

Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Cost: $1.99



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New App #6: Google Maps for Mobile

Preinstalled on most smart phones, this app can do more than simply map a run or bike ride. Its terrain-layer feature helps you locate the elevation you're looking for. Just be sure to specify whether you're on a bike or on foot; Google Maps will send you on the best route for your mode of transport.

Available for: iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and more.

Cost: Free



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Best Apps to Improve Your Health


New App #7: DrinkTracker

You're fine to drive home after two glasses of wine, right? Not so fast. Plug in your vital stats and what you've been drinking, and DrinkTracker will estimate your blood alcohol content so you know when it's time to call a cab (or hoof it home).

Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Cost: $1.99


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New App #8: WebMD Mobile

Research symptoms, look up how to handle an emergency and more with this on-the-go version of the popular health website. Just remember that it's not a substitute for real doctors (in case you get carried away with self diagnoses).

Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Cost: Free



New App #9: White Noise

Choose from a variety of ambient noises, from light rain with birds to crickets chirping to help you relax or fall asleep. 

Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Blackberry

Cost: $1.99


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New App #10: SHAPE'S New Year, New You!

Our favorite, of course! The new digital edition of SHAPE includes expert motivational tips, easy-to-follow fitness videos, real-world success stories, a complete diet plan, tips for finding true love and more. Download this bonus edition, and your iPad is your virtual trainer, your personal chef and your lifestyle guru—all for free!

Available for: iPad

Cost: Free


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