It’s the New Year, and we all know what that means! Yes, ladies and gents, it’s about time you dragged out your old box of resolutions, slapped together some willpower, and hopped on that treadmill. It’s more than time to start burning that excess fat, trimming down the pounds, and getting that Ryan Gosling or Mila Kunis bod you’ve always wanted. Or, you know, whatever look you’re after.
We all have to do it eventually, and it’s just as difficult for us as it is for you—we promise. Thankfully, though, the miracle of modern technology means we can more easily stay on top of how we get fit, as well as what we eat and do to get there. Don’t believe us? Then we dare you to pull out that trusty iPhone and load up our Top Ten Fitness Apps of the New Year! Add them all and use them like water, and we promise you’ll see results.
For a full breakdown you need only to continue sliding down below the break. We’ve got all the details you need to get rolling, starting with our first selection:
1. Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker – Free
Outside of its potential to make your life healthier, we like Calorie Counter based solely on its premise: It’s an app that does exactly what it says it does, and with so much elegance it actually hurts—your buns, abs, and thighs, that is!
With this little beauty, just add your food items as they’re consumed, then add additional details like weight and diary experiences. It’s even got social sharing functions! All in all, it’s a free powerhouse of an app.
2. Epocrates – Free
Wonder what those medications you’re on are doing for your body? Wonder how they’re interacting, or even just how adding an ibuprofen into the mix could alter things? If you’ve ever wondered what you’re taking, and want a deeper look into the mixture, go ahead and give Epocrates a go. It’s a free drug reference application used by doctors the world over!
3. Nike + iPod (or iPhone) – $20
If you’ve got twenty bucks to spare, then you too can enjoy one of the simplest ways to track your running progress. Strap that nike monitor on, setup that Bluetooth connection with your iPod or iPhone, and then you’ll instantly receive all of those juicy running updates. It’s that simple, covering distance, time, and even calories!
4. Sodium 101 – Free
We aren’t talking about knowing your meats, but we are talking about knowing your sodium. After all, how much do you really know about all that processed, pre-processed and fast food that enters your body? Are you truly aware of how much salt you’re taking in? If you’d like to know more, you can easily download this free app to have a second (or third or fourth) look on your iPad or iPhone.
5. Digifit iCardio – Free
We’re absolute suckers for a good design, and this is why Digifit iCardio is perhaps one of our favorite new tracking applications. It allows you to map out your routes in advance for simple directions, and then do it. GPS tracks your progress, giving you distance reports, calorie tracking information, and overall speed. Pure simplicity to help kickstart your healthy lifestyle!
6. Lose It! – Free
Are you looking for a more personable or particular way to track and manage your weight loss? If so, consider going for Lose It! The app has been featured on a number of different television shows across the Nation, and has been lauded for its personal attention to your lifestyle, and to your encouragement. We quite like the end results, especially with such a soft design, too! It’s a great app, and one we recommend to the weary soldier who needs a little shove to get over that hill.
7. Relax Melodies – Free
We’ve got a slightly different offering here, but one that’s no less healthy. If you are a frequent meditator or yoga enthusiast, and want a bit of relaxing ambience to go with your lifestyle, this is the best app on the market. Furthermore, even if you’d just like some soothing tones or white noise to help you sleep, the app has everything you need and more. Best of all, it’s free!
8. WebMD – Free
What’s that spot on your leg? Should you be concerned about the pain in your arms? Does your flatulence mean you’ve got cancer? We don’t know, but WebMD sure as heck does! To find out if you’re in a lot of trouble or are healthy as a horse, use the famed symptom checker with this must-have application.
9. RunKeeper – Free
Are you one of those spandex-wearing individuals we see out on the side of the road, jogging along at eight in the morning? If so, then you might want to invest in RunKeeper. The free app is the preferred option of running enthusiasts, and offers all of the running and jogging stats that you’re going to want to brag about later. Trust us on that one.
10. lark life – $149.95
To end today’s roundup, have a look at lark life. It’s an interesting concept, involving a single band connected to your wrist (and your iPhone) that tracks your entire lifestyle. It knows when you eat, it knows when you sleep, and it tracks when you exercise. All of this is translated into healthy tips on how to improve your body. Sound strange? It is! And whether or not it’s the future is a decision only you can make.