Spring Into Shape: 5 Top Fitness Apps for Your Smartphone


Daily Burn

A great one for newbies, this app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, which is backed by the Web-based fitness community DailyBurn, helps you manage your diet, fitness and exercise.

But what makes it especially helpful is its ability to make a training plan, complete with detailed instructions on how to properly perform a given exercise.

You can tailor your plan based on your goals: weight loss, cardio training, muscle building, etc. Once you begin working out, you can track your exercises on the go, and select your favorite ones for a custom workout.

Data from your phone is automatically synced to the website for analysis and tracking. It will also track your daily caloric intake to help you meet your weight loss goals.

If you're willing to upgrade for a fee, you can use a food scanner to access the food database, with more than 350,000 foods. Once you scan the barcode, it provides pictures and full nutrition information.


If you're looking for an app that might help you shop and eat a little more healthfully, check out Fooducate. Sure, you already read food labels, but Fooducate helps you figure out what they mean, and whether or not the product is up to snuff, nutritionally.

Simply scan the product's barcode and it will return the name, a grade and the methodology behind the grade.

It also offers another helpful feature: It shows you how your item compares to other items.

For instance, if you scan your favorite yogurt, it might tell you that it scores a B+ and is a good source of calcium. Under "alternatives," it might also show you which brands score even higher and why.

So this app might let you know that when a food item claims to be "organic" or "all-natural," it also has excessive sugar and sodium, or controversial food colorings.

The app also boasts a compare feature that lets you scan two products side by side. If a product doesn't scan, you can enter the numbers manually. It's available for the iPhone and the company says it has more than 200,000 unique food products so far.

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