The Best Health and Fitness Apps

Swimsuit season is upon us! Get a beach-ready body with a little help from these top diet, health, and exercise apps.

RunKeeper (free, or $10 for Pro version)
This tried and true running app is consistently ranked one of the best available. Using your phone’s GPS, it tracks your runs as well as clocking your mph, total miles, pace, and calories burned. It even uses your own music to provide a soundtrack for your run, which encourages you to keep up the pace. Available for iPhone and Android

MyFitnessPal (free)
Is there anything this app can’t do? In addition to tools that track your calorie intake, exercise, and the nutritional content of your meals, My Fitness Pal includes a built-in barcode scanner that retrieves nutrition information about most packaged foods, including many store brands. Available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry

Nike Training Club (free)
Call it your portable personal trainer. This app provides exercises and complete workouts custom-designed for your individual goals, complete with instructions, photos, and video demos. Available for iPhone

Pocket Yoga ($2.99)
Who needs a yogi when you’ve got 145 poses from three yoga practices right on your touchscreen? Choose your skill level and desired duration to create up to 27 different routines. Available for iPhone and Android

BeatBurn ($3.99)
This clever app adjusts the beat of your music to keep pace with your strides as you run. Prepare to feel like the star of your own personal Chariots of Fire whenever you work out! Available for iPhone

MiMeals ($1.99)
Eating healthy just got easier. Plan meals, store recipes, and create shopping lists all in the palm of your hand. About the only thing this app doesn’t do is cook your meals for you. Available for iPhone

CardioTrainer (free)
This Android-only app is similar to RunKeeper, but more flexible in terms of tracking cycling and indoor gym activities. Schedule workouts, play music, and connect to friends for some motivational competition. Available for Android

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