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How to reach your health and fitness goals on the cheap with the help of Android

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The other half to the equation is exercise. Yes, yes, we know you are an excellent armchair quarterback, but unfortunately that isn’t going to help you get rid of all those buffalo wing and nacho calories from Super Bowl Sunday. So let’s take a look at some apps that can help you in the calorie deficit department.


How to reach your health and fitness goals on the cheap with the help of Android
The C25K, or Couch-to-5k Running Plan, does that. It is designed to take the beginner runner and get them able to run a 5K (3 miles) in as little as nine weeks. The actual program is just set intervals of jogging and running that increase intensity each week, but there are several Android apps available that can pace everything out for you. C25K by Guy Hoffman has a free and a pro version. The free version offers the entire 9-week plan with audio cues that tell you when to switch pace. The pro version can be had for just $1.99 and offers additional features such as custom sounds and music controls to keep your favorite tunes pumping during your run.

C25K Free [Android Market Link]
C25K Pro [Android Market Link]


Possible application of the 'Other' option - not recommended

Possible application of the 'Other' option - not recommended

Despite its name, RunKeeper can keep track of more than just runs. It has settings for running, cycling, walking, hiking, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, skating, swimming, mountain biking, wheelchair, elliptical, and even has an option for “other” in case you have another preferred mode of exercise. The app is able to use the built in GPS to track your progress, generate stats, and even estimate calories burned. RunKeeper is free and also available for the iPhone making it a great choice if you’re taking your exercise routine to the streets. Finally, it has the ability to program custom interval training, so if you want to save 2 bucks, you can manually program in the C25k program schedule and handle all your runs from one app.

RunKeeper [Android Market Link]


How to reach your health and fitness goals on the cheap with the help of Android
If weight lifting is more your thing, take JEFIT for a spin. If paper and pencil isn't already obsolete in your mind, JEFIT will make it a thing of the past, at least when it comes to tracking reps and routines in the gym. The free version is available for both Android and iPhone and offers a plethora of features including the ability to track your workouts, build custom routines, generate body statistics and lifting progress, and keep everything in sync between your mobile apps and your online profile. JEFIT has over 500 exercises complete with instructions, animations and tips so you know you’re getting the most out of your efforts. It also has downloadable routines so you’ll never get bored or hit a plateau.  Finally, the Android versions has a Pro version available for $4.99 that ditches the ads and gives you access to some more in depth progress meters and statistics.

JEFIT Free [Android Market Link]
JEFIT Pro [Android Market Link]

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