Best fitness apps for women

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Tired of your summer shape-up routine already? If you need a little help staying on track, look no further than your phone or iPad. New workout apps make it fun, easy and cheap to stay motivated. We talked to top fitness pros for their recommendations. Here are 14 of the best. Plus, what’s your exercise style? Take our quiz to find out…

Tempted to ditch your workout or diet when you’re on the go?
Now you don’t have to.New applications for your cell phone or iPad make it easier to track calorie counts, download daily workout programs and share your progress with Facebook friends.

The best news: Most cost little or no money.

You’re more likely to accurately record your food intake when you’re eating instead of at the end of the day, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian specializing in weight management.

Women’s Health Workouts
has everything you need to sculpt a sleek, toned bodyin or out of the gym. The app is packed with 16 professionally-designed workouts and 130 exercises, making it easier than ever to burn fat and build muscle. Training logs, timers and expansion packs will keep you on track to building your best body ever.
$1.99

This FREE Lite version contains 5 sample workouts from our popular Women’s Health Workouts app. Upgrade to the full version for over 130 exercises, dozens of workouts, and free updates and new features!

Rediscover and reshape the body beneath your clothes with our brand-new app! Adapted from our book Look Better Naked by editor-in-chief Michele Promaulayko, the customizable diet and workout plan also features a calendar that syncs with iCal and notifications to remind you of your program. Look hotter, live healthier, and perhaps most important of all feel more confident, in clothes or out of them.

Depending on what you toss in them, smoothies offer a wide range of immediate heart-saving, muscle-building, brain-juicing, mood-boosting benefits. Find smoothie recipes based on your goals, such as muscle building, weight loss, meal replacement, breakfast, health boost, and dessert. Includes complete nutritional information provided for every recipe, including calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, sodium, and fiber.
$.99

Grocery shopping just got a whole lot easier! Our team of nutritionists tested aisles’ worth of items for this roundup of the healthiest, tastiest, and most convenient supermarket finds. Optimize your shopping list and flatten your tummy with over 240 of the best packaged foods for women!

These simple yoga routines from the fitness experts at Women’s Health magazine build peace of mind and a better body! Whether you want to fry fat, conquer stress, increase your energy, or beat the blues, Hot Body Yoga contains a sequence to help you meet your goal.

There is an app for everything – even to help you get in shape or maintain a healthy lifestyle. And it is much cheaper than hiring a personal trainer or nutritionist.
To get you started, Wellbeing fitness expert NICKI WATERMAN has put together a round-up of the best new fitness apps on the market.
1. BEST FOR BIKERS AND HIKERS – Trails, £2.39: It tracks exactly where you’ve been. Get info on your current speed and the distance and duration of your route. Upload your route map once and you won’t need internet access again.
2. BEST FOR A TONED TUM – Six-Pack App, free: This has one million downloads. You get exercise instructions, tips and illustrations of the muscles involved. Dos and don’ts are included. The app has a variety of workouts for all levels, along with travel routines.
3. BEST FOR PERSONAL TRAINING – iFitness-Female, free: Tracking progress is a motivator. Keep notes of each workout – including reps, weight and calories burnt – and chart your improvement. Exercises focus on certain body parts, so you can target problem areas.
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4. BEST BOOTCAMP – British Military Fitness, £2.99: Expensive but, boy, is it exhaustive and exhausting! Pick an instructor (each comes with eight hours of pre-recorded instructions) and sweat it out. A “randomiser” function means you should never have to repeat a workout.
5. BEST FOR VARIETY – ExerciseTV, free: Exercise anywhere, any time, with this app’s ten to 45-minute exercise videos streamed to your phone daily. Personal trainers and fitness coaches offer routines for abs, cardio, pilates, yoga, bootcamp dance, strength training and more.
6. BEST FOR RUNNERS – RunKeeper, free: This easy to understand workout tracker shows how far you ran, how long it took, what your pace/speed was, calories burnt and the path you travelled on a map. You can listen to the iPod during your activity and even change tracks without leaving RunKeeper.

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