Many free or low-cost applications – or “apps” – are available for your computer or mobile phone to help you to track your physical activity, discover new workouts, and reach your fitness goals. Here are just a few that you can use on your computer or your phone.
This workout app gives you access to an exercise database and lets track your workouts, body statistics and lifting progress.
Cost: Free, paid upgrade
Available on: iPhone, Android, online
This app lets you map your runs, and track your progress. The Nike+ Running app tracks distance, pace, time and calories burned with GPS, giving you audio feedback as you run. Automatically upload to nikeplus.com to see your runs, including your route and elevation. Post the start of your run to Facebook or Path and hear real-time cheers for each like or comment you receive. Activate a power song to help motivate you during your workout. The App also gives you positive feedback from some of Nike’s top athletes.
Available on: iPhone, Android
My Fitness Pal
This calorie counter app helps you to reach your weight loss goals. Set a daily calorie goal, and then record your daily food and exercise to make sure you stay on track. The app gives you full mobile access to your MyFitnessPal.com account, so you can log your food and exercise from anywhere. All changes made on your iPhone will be synchronized with the website and vice versa.
Available on: iPhone, online
iMapmyrun (imapmyfitness, imapmyride)
MapMy is a fitness tracking application that enables you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all of your fitness activities. Record your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled on an interactive map. You can save and upload your workout data to any of the MapMyFITNESS websites where you can view your route workout data, and comprehensive workout history.
Available on: iPhone, online
The RunKeeper mobile running app lets you track your workout performance over time, while connecting with your friends to make your workouts social. The app includes GPS activity tracking (as well as manual activity tracking), audio Interval Cues, iPod integration, activity sharing on Twitter and Facebook. You can easily sync data RunKeeper.com.
Available on: iPhone; Android, online
Healthy Steps Pedometer
The Healthy Steps Pedometer allows you to track the distance, length, and speed of your workouts — and your progress over time — to make the most of your workouts and reach your health goals. You can track where you are, using the GPS-enabled map, follow the path of Independence Blue Cross-sponsored walks and runs with pre-loaded routes, customize the app with your gender, height, and weight to get calories burned, share your workout status with friends using integrated social media sites, and learn your BMI, daily hydration needs, and other facts with a host of health calculators.
Available on: iPhone; Android