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views: 128 publish: July 26, 2016

We spend too much time staring at our phones—just ask the pedestrians we almost walk into on a daily basis. If scrolling through your Newsfeed or swiping right were Olympic sports, we’d definitely take home a medal. But in reality, the only things getting a workout in either case are our thumbs. That’s not to say your phone can’t help you lead a healthier, happier life. You just need to know the right apps to download.

C25K® – 5K Running Trainer

The proven C25K (Couch to 5K) program was designed for inexperienced runners who are just beginning an exercise routine.The plan’s structure prevents new runners from giving up and at the same time challenges them to continue moving forward. C25K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking, gradually building up strength and stamina to fully running 5K.

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Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal

This helpful app counts your calories with a user-friendly food diary (just scan a barcode or choose from pre-entered foods in the database), measures your overall nutrition, and tracks your exercise allowing you to get the big picture of your health on daily, weekly, and monthly scales. It also includes analytic charts, a support network of like-minded users, and adjustable goals. The app is accessible on the web as well as through the mobile app so food and exercise entries can be entered from anywhere, at any time.

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Sworkit Personalized Workouts

Tell Sworkit the type of workout you’re looking for (strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching) and the amount of time you’ve got (anywhere from five minutes to an hour), and the app delivers the moves to follow during your sweat session.

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Moves

Moves automatically records any activities you do like running, walking, and cycling. Distance, duration, steps, and calories burned are displayed for each exercise. And because the activity tracker is always on, there’s no need to begin or end tracking. All you have to do is keep your phone in your pocket or bag. This background tracking takes up battery power but the option of battery-saving mode helps to save necessary juice.

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Runkeeper

28 million people use RunKeeper to transform their phone into a personal trainer. Track your runs, walks, bike rides, hikes, and more using your phone’s GPS. This app will also will send you e-mails when you hit personal bests for distance, elevation, or speed and allows you to connect with friends, family, and like-minded competitors. During runs or other other activities, the app will play audio with updates at scheduled five-minute intervals allowing you to hear the time, distance, and average pace; a customisable feature.

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Endomondo

Cardio exercise can quickly get boring and repetitive. That’s why Endomondo is so great. Set a goal for your run, walk, or bike ride, and the app’s virtual trainer lets you know if you’re on track to meet it or if you need to speed up. It’s great to compete against yourself (and your goals), but it’s even better when you can use Endomondo to challenge or cheer on friends.

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With these apps, there’s no excuse for procrastinating on achieving your next fitness goal. Anything is possible, it all starts with a (free) download.