We know: Burn more calories than you eat. Easier said than done. These apps make planning, journaling and exercising easier—some even make it a game.
Clear Sky Apps
Starting a running program can be a daunting task. And with interval training being the most talked-about program, the 10K Runner app takes the guesswork out of it. It is as simple as pushing start and following the directions of “Start running” and “Slow down and walk.” A great feature is the app syncs with your music library. The program builds as the days go on, slowly building your stamina and lengthening the runs.
7 Minute Workout
Get your exercise for the day in just seven minutes. Simple routines make up the most basic program: jumping jacks, wall sits, push ups, crunches, step ups and more. The app counts down for you and states the upcoming exercise so you can be ready for it. All you have to do is follow the directions, and in seven minutes check exercising off your list.
With Fitocracy, not only does the app bring you through different routines and host a nutritional tracker, it turns exercise into a game: The more you work out, the more points you gain to level up. You can join the community of other app users and go on quests to amp up your routine. The app is free, but upgrade by paying $1 and get coaching to help reach your goals.
My Fitness Pal
With a large food database—over 5,000,000 foods—My Fitness Pal makes keeping track of your caloric input so easy. Input your food, and the app shows how many more calories you can eat for the rest of the day. And the colorful charts and social aspect all make your journey to weight loss, gain or maintenance that much easier.
Daily Workout Apps, LLC
A personal trainer in your pocket, this app has a library of video workouts for abs, arms, butt, legs, cardio and yoga, and it’s free. Users can choose random workouts or custom options that range from 5-30 minutes of instructed exercise.