Apps to Make You Move

How can you make your smart phone smarter? Download a fitness-savvy app that tracks calories, logs runs, and more. Here are ten of our favorites.

The Couch to 5K app can get even the biggest couch potatoes race-ready in nine weeks.

Absolute Fitness
What it does: Keep track of your exercise progress, food-and-beverage intake, hours of sleep, blood pressure, body-fat percentage, and weight with this all-encompassing app. With a database of more than 10,000 foods and 180 exercises, you can track how many calories you’re consuming and burning throughout the day.
Our favorite feature: A calculator tells you what percentage of your daily nutritional requirements you’ve met—and how much more you should eat.
Compatible with: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch
Price: $4.99

What it does: With more than five million square miles of trail, terrain, and ski-area maps, this app gives outdoor enthusiasts comprehensive information about their surroundings. It will also track your distance, pace, average speed, and other statistics about your hike or bike ride.
Our favorite feature: Need a bathroom or a great lookout for a photo? The app will tell you where to find nearby trailheads, summits, waterfalls, picnic areas, and other key landmarks along the way.
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch
Price: Base application is free; specific maps are an additional cost.

BeatBurn Treadmill/Outdoor Trainer
What it does: This app analyzes the beats-per-minute of music on your device and selects songs from your playlists that match the intensity of your run. It also comes with 24 tracks of blood-pumping music, an interactive “personal trainer” to guide you through your run, and a program that will track your workout history.
Our favorite feature: If your music isn’t quite up to speed, the app will change the beat of your music so it coordinates with your pace.
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch
Price: $3.99

Beer Gut Fitness
What it does: Worried that too many happy hours will make for a not-so-happy waistline? Input how many drinks you’ve had and this app will calculate how long you need to work out the next day to keep the pounds at bay.
Our favorite feature: If you exercise before heading to the bar, the app will keep track of how many drinks you’ve earned.
Compatible with: Android
Price: 99 cents

Calorie Counter Pro by MyNetDiary
What it does: Using a database of more than 300,000 foods, this app will track your calorie intake and analyze what you need to do to eat better. You can also track workouts, set targets and goal dates, and share progress with your friends, family, or doctor through the app’s online integration with
Our favorite feature: Use your phone’s barcode scanner to instantly enter pre-packaged foods.
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry
Price: $2.99

Couch to 5K
What it does: Aimed at treadmill novices, this app creates a custom three-day-a-week workout program that will get you ready for your first 5K over the course of nine weeks. You can listen to your own music in the background; a voice alerts you when it’s time to run or walk.
Our favorite feature: The app syncs with Twitter and Facebook, so you can let your friends know when you’ve finished a workout.
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch
Price: $2.99

Endomondo Sports Tracker
What it does: Acting like a pocket personal trainer, Endomondo will track your time, distance, and speed while you run, cycle, walk, or engage in other sports. You’ll get audio feedback for every mile, and you can also track your route via Google maps and keep a history of your lap times and playlists.
Our favorite feature: Compete against your friends or other people in your area to be the fastest runner or top calorie burner.
Compatible with: Android, iPhone, Blackberry
Price: Free

Gym Buddy
What it does: Think of this no-frills app as a virtual weight-lifting spotter: It allows you to track your weight training down to the last rep. Each time you add in a new workout, the app will show you your previous records for that kind of exercise. You can also monitor your progress in a calendar format.
Our favorite feature: Countdown timers buzz to let you know when your rest period is up.
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch
Price: $2.99

What it does: Using your phone’s built-in GPS, it tracks your outdoor activities and shows your time, distance, pace, speed, heart rate, and calories burned. The interactive map will let you see exactly where you are and where you’ve been, and you can access routes you’ve run before. You can also manually add indoor workouts.
Our favorite feature: Activate Live Tracking to allow your friends and family to see where you’re running in real-time.
Compatible with: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry
Price: Free

Yoga Sretch
What it does: This app leads you through an hour of traditional yoga poses, giving you an image, text description, and the physical and mental benefits of each move. There’s an optional audio instructor who will lead you through, or you can turn on your own music.
Our favorite feature: If you get bored of the preloaded session, you can create and save up to five flows of your own.
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch
Price: Free

What are your favorite health-and-fitness apps? Tell us in the comments!

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