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Fitness at Your Fingertips

Take advantage of the fitness apps found on your mobile device.

Twenty years ago, no one knew the technology that would be available on a small handheld device. Now you’re not sure you could survive without your smartphone. The world is at your fingertips and millions of apps are now at your disposal for just about anything you could think of. A few of the most popular apps are used for picture sharing, playing games, and listening to music, but don’t forget about the valuable apps that can help you reach fitness goals.

No more adding calories in your head or guessing the distance of your bike ride. At the touch of a button you can track your progress, map your run, and count your calories.

Whatever activity you’re doing, whether you’re running, doing yoga, or lifting weights, there’s an app for it. Wonder which fitness apps you should download? Here are a few to try.

Seven-Minute Workouts

Can’t find the time in your schedule for a solid 30-minute workout? If an intense seven-minute session once or twice a day sounds up your alley, you may want to try the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout. This simple app uses your current fitness level to determine the intensity of the workout. The only equipment you need is a chair. Have time for a longer workout? The app also offers workouts longer than seven minutes.

Count Calories

Looking for an easy way to track the calories you consume as well as the calories you burn? Wonder if you’re exercising enough to burn off the steak dinner you ate last night? You should download MyFitnessPal. This cool app connects to other apps and trackers that record your activity calorie burn so you don’t have to guess how many calories you expended during your morning jog. With a database of more than 5 million foods and a barcode scanner, it’s simple to track the foods you eat.

Workout Music

Many people find that music is a great motivator while exercising. If you like to listen to music while you walk or run, you may enjoy the app Spring. Choose one of more than 50 playlists and stations, start moving, and the app plays music with a beat that’s set to your number of steps-per-minute. Spring also offers a way to track your workouts.


Anyone with a competitive spirit may find workout motivation thru the app Fitocracy. Find personalized workouts, nutritional plans, and accountability, earn points, and track progress. Join an active group to compete and challenge yourself. It was built with game fanatics in mind, so if you like to level up, this lets you do it in real life!

Run a 5K

Running a 5K is a great goal for exercise beginners. Never run before in your life? Not a problem with the C25K app. This Couch to 5K program leads newbies through a program designed to take you from couch potato to 5K-runner status in eight weeks. Connect to MyFitnessPal for calorie tracking as well.


The Runkeeper app uses GPS to track your runs, allowing you to see the distance and speed of each workout. Adjust the settings to alert you of time and distance during your run. Work towards goals and listen to your favorite music with this popular fitness tool.

Weight Lifting

New to the world of weight lifting and need a little extra guidance? Try Pumping Weight. This app provides instructions and proper lifting technique for a variety of exercises that target specific muscle groups. Using an app like Pumping Weight will keep you from getting in a weight lifting rut. You’re also able to track your body fat, weight, and BMI.