There’s An App For That

From fitness to stress management, Health Guide writers share their go-to picks for keeping fit and eating healthy
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Couch to 5K

Are you a running newbie? All you need is this app, nine weeks, and some good shoes to go from zero to running hero. The regimen is broken down into manageable chunks as you work your way up to 5K status. Download it now and you can be ready to tackle November’s Turkey Trot. —Dorothy Hernandez

FitStar Personal Trainer

Personal trainers are great — but can be expensive. This app tailors workouts for you to make sure you are getting the most out of your exercise program. All of the workouts can be done without a lot of equipment or space. FitStar Basic is free or unlock premium workouts to take it to the next level. —Dorothy Hernandez

RunKeeper

​RunKeeper updates me every 5 minutes to show how far I have gone and what my pace is. It tracks long-term progress and goals. I like it because it can run while Pandora or Spotify is running, so you can listen to music and the app interrupts every 5 minutes.  —Nicole Hayden
          

MyFitnessPal

This free journal monitors calories and keeps you on track with a goal. It’s also nice because it allows you to select your average activity level, keeping in mind desk jobs. —Lexi Trimpe 

        

Happify

Not a typical “health” app — it deals with mental health, which is just as important! It includes games, videos, audio, and other features to help stress management. —Lexi Trimpe
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Map My Walk

This app tracks walks, hikes, bike rides — including distance, rate of speed, and calories burned, and it provides a map of the route you took. At the end of the week you get a summary. It’s free, too! —Julie Edgar
 

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