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  • Weight loss and diet myths revealed
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Fit with Your Phone

Get fit with your phone by using one of these popular fitness apps.

Ready to get healthy and fit? There’s an app for that. Whether looking for a workout routine that’s designed for your fitness level; the ability to track how many calories you burn, distance ran, or weight lifted; accountability with other app users; or some motivation to reach your goal, with the right app, you can get all that and more.

With so many different exercise apps to choose from, it can be hard to know which ones are worth your time. Keep reading for a brief description of some of the most popular options.

Sweatcoin

Need some extra motivation to get more steps in your day? You may want to download the Sweatcoin app. This app tracks your outdoor steps and converts them into rewards. Add up enough points (SWC) and you can redeem them for gift certificates, ebooks, music downloads, Amazon credit, or airline miles. With a basic membership you can only accumulate five SWC a day, but upgrade and you can earn more.

MyFitnessPal

A second popular fitness app is MyFitnessPal. The free membership makes it easy to track the calories and nutrients you consume. You just enter what you eat and drink and the app does the calculating for you with a food database that contains more than 300 million items. You can also create a page with recipes you want to try or save, and discussion forums let you learn from others’ successes and failures, stay accountable, and feel a sense of community. As an added perk, MyFitnessPal connects to activity trackers and exercise apps to track the calories you burn, the number of steps you take, and your exercise habits.

BetterMe

The BetterMe app offers customized workouts for your fitness level, age, sex, height, health, and fitness goals. There are even specific workouts designed to target your trouble areas. Start with a free trial and pay for a subscription if you want to stick with the program. Many people find that when they’re paying for a service, they’re more likely to use it, and if you find this one helpful, you’ll likely pull the paying trigger quickly. The app sends you exercise reminders, guides you through each workout, and allows you to pause and restart each session. BetterMe also offers a meal plan, diet tips, and calorie counting.

30-Day Fitness Challenge

ooking for a challenge? Let the 30-Day Fitness Challenge app motivate you to reach your fitness goals. You may not be ready to do the work to lose 50 pounds, but you can commit to a month of exercise. With 19 different fitness challenges designed by exercise professionals, the 30-Day Fitness Challenge app lets you track your daily progress and share your progress on social media. You can receive daily reminders as well as view demonstrations and tutorials on each exercise.

Weight Loss Fitness by Verv

The promise is you’ll see results in six weeks of sticking with the short and simple workouts designed by Weight Loss Fitness by Verv. The basic app is free but an upgrade to Premium will give you hundreds of advertisement-free workouts to choose from based on your personal goals and fitness level. To make sure you get the most from the app, you can give feedback to adjust your workouts. Upbeat music, video and audio coaching, and a wide variety of workouts to choose from help keep you moving. Users enjoy the reminders, detailed statistics of their progress, and exercise tips for inspiration.