Find the Exercise App That’s Right for You

Searching for the fitness app that works for you can be overwhelming. More than 100,000 apps are available for fitness, nutrition, and overall health, so how can you decide which one will work for you? Below are a few popular apps that could help you get started.

My Fitness Pal

A free mobile app and online food and exercise tracker. It is fairly easy to use and allows you to track both the calories you consume as well as the calories you expend each day. My Fitness Pal is compatible with a number of fitness trackers, including Fitbit and Garmin Connect. So this app can estimate how many calories you burn by automatically pulling in your activity data from your personal tracker. An added bonus is its extensive food database and bar code scanner to make counting calories easier. Finally, through My Fitness Pal, you can connect with friends and join the large community to celebrate victories and help motivate and inspire one another.

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Lose it!

Another free app and website designed for both logging exercise and counting calories. Lose It! is compatible with a multitude of other fitness trackers and apps, including Fitbit, Nike + Fuelband, and Map My Fitness, which allow you to import your data into the Lose It! app. This app helps you set weight loss and exercise goals and track your progress. Like My Fitness Pal, Lose It! has a large, interactive community that is a constant source of motivation and inspiration.

Charity Miles

A free app that allows you to donate to charity at the same time you are burning those excess calories. It tracks workouts, such as runs, walks, and bicycle rides and donates a few cents to the charities of your choice for every mile you complete. Corporate sponsors such as Johnson and Johnson and Chobani make these donations on your behalf to charities such as Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity. Although these small amounts may not seem like much, when a lot of people use Charity Miles, those small amounts really add up. So if you need a little extra incentive to lace up your walking shoes, this charitable benefit might be just what you need.

MapMyFitness

A fitness tracking app that enables you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all your fitness activities. You can record your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, and speed. You can track calories burned and route traveled using an interactive map. Through this feature, you can clearly see how much you are improving, and since it saves all your workouts, you can look back at where you started and see how far you have come. You can also connect with friends and create challenges together.

Swork It

A fitness app that helps you find a workout that’s just right for your fitness level. This app allows you to choose from a variety of workout options, including yoga, cardio, strength training, or stretching, or a combination for a more varied exercise routine. The app comes with a timer from 5 to 60 minutes and demonstrates all exercise so even the truest beginner can gain confidence before diving into an exercise program.