Best Apps to Help You Get Fit and Healthy

Your smartphone is a perfect tool for getting and staying in shape. Think about it: It's always with you, it lets you listen to music during your workout, and it provides you with many powerful apps at your fingertips. A fitness app can lead you through workouts without paying the high price of a personal trainer, and using a calorie-counter app is as simple as sending a text. Together, they're a quick and easy way to start getting in shape.

Tap & Track
Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
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.

Fooducate Nutrition Scanner
Availalbe for: Android, iPhone
Scan a food's UPC and Fooducate goes beyond the nutrition facts to tell you more about your munchies (if the sodium level is dangerous, for instance, or if the vitamins come from nature instead of chemicals). It even grades the food relative to alternatives and helps you pick a healthier selection. A great companion to a nutrition plan, and a fun way for the non-dieter to improve his or her menu.

Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
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! 

Map My Fitness
Available for: iPhone, BlackBerry, Android
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.

WebMD Mobile
Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
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). 

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