Posted: Jul 07, 2013 9:00 PM
 
Did you resolve to get more exercise this year but find it difficult to fit a trip to the gym into your busy schedule? Put your car keys down, pick up your smartphone and workout at home with these top fitness apps.

Pocket Yoga

PRICE: $3
Pocket Yoga app

RunKeeper

PRICE: FREE
Runkeeper app

Described as a "flexible yoga app," Pocket Yoga is the go-to app for anyone who wants to do yoga on their own time. Full yoga classes are available in five different practices that can be selected based on the difficulty levels of beginner, intermediate and experienced. Not sure about a certain pose? There's a whole library of yoga poses that contains descriptions, benefits and a picture of the pose. Pocket Yoga is available for $3 in iTunes for the iPhone and iPad and in Google Play for Android devices. Yoga mat not included.

Lace up those tennis shoes and be prepared to sweat with RunKeeper, an app designed to track your miles. Whether it's running, walking or bike riding, RunKeeper will act as your virtual personal trainer to help you meet your fitness goals. See detailed stats about your workout and share with friends on Facebook and Twitter. RunKeeper is available for free in iTunes for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and in Google Play for Android devices.

Nike Training Club

PRICE: FREE
Nike Trainer Club app

Couch-to-5K

PRICE: $2
Couch-to-5K app

Designed specifically for women, Nike Training Club is full of custom-built workouts that will help you become lean, strong and tone. Selectable options include goals, levels and workouts along with music from your own library. Each workout earns you rewards that can be used to unlock bonus material from celebrity trainers and professional athletes. Nike Training Club is available for free in iTunes for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and in Google Play for Android devices.

The popular Couch-to-5K program is designed to turn any couch potato into a runner in nine weeks time. For 30 minutes a day, three days a week, use the Couch-to-5K app to track your distance, log your workouts and see progress with graphs. Need help with motivation? There are five virtual trainers, including a zombie named Johnnie Dead, who will guide you along the way. The Couch-to-5K app is available for $2 in iTunes for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and in Google Play for Android devices.

fitID

PRICE: FREE
fitID app

Cardiio

PRICE: $5
Cardiio app

Staying fit includes more than exercise. It also includes eating healthy and tracking your progress. FitID makes it easy and combines all three into one app. Track your meals and workouts by uploading photos and exercise stats. Stay up to date on trending diets and workouts like Paleo, Atkins, P90X and Zumba. Share your progress and photos with Facebook, Twitter and the fitID community to help you stay motivated. FitID is available for free in iTunes for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and in Google Play for Android devices.

An important part of fitness is knowing your resting heart rate and how it changes with exercise. Based on technology from MIT Media Labs, Cardiio measures heart rate using only the front camera on an iPhone or iPad. Scan your heart rate at various points of the day to track how it changes based on activity. See daily, weekly and monthly summaries of your heart rate to know your heart health, fitness level and potential life expectancy. Cardiio is available for $5 in iTunes for iPhones and iPads with front facing cameras.

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