These are the best mobile phone apps to help you get in shape.
Awesome for rookies, this app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will create you a personal training plan, complete with detailed instructions on how to properly perform a given exercise, and tailor your plan based on your goals: weight loss, cardio training, muscle building, etc.
Data from your phone is automatically synced to the website for analysis, and will track your daily calorie intake. If you're willing to upgrade for a fee, you can use a food scanner to access DailyBurn's food database, with more than 350,000 foods listed there. Once you scan the barcode, the app then provides pictures and full nutrition info on what you're eating.
Like a digital diary of calories eaten and calories burned, Lose It! helps you create a diet plan and then stick to it. You just enter your weight, height, age and sex, and then let the app know your goal weight. The app then sets up a daily budget to help you reach your goal at a rate you decide. As you eat and exercise each day, you tell the app the calories in and the calories out and the app monitors your progress to help you stay on-track.
It's only available on Android, but it's awesome. After you enter your weight, height and other key info (so that it can figure out your calories burned), you just start your workouts. It uses your phone's GPS to map where you've been, and has a pedometer to record your progress.
In addition to running, CardioTrainer is good for biking, walking and blading. The app uses a built-in music player, so you have access to your tuneage while you're exercising. It comes with a calorie counter, and if you need egging on, the app even gives you some verbal encouragement. After a session, you get a calorie count of how much you’ve burned, as well as a food example of how much that is.
IMapMy is a free fitness-tracking application for Apple products, Android phones and BlackBerries that uses your phone's built-in GPS to monitor all of your fitness activities. You can record your workout details including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned and route travelled on an interactive map. The app then lets you sync with a heart-rate monitor to save and upload your workout data to the MapMyFitness website.
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