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My Favorite Workout Apps {workout wednesday}

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Since I was sick all of last week, there’s no workout recap this week because this is what it would be: five rest days, one event day, and one yoga day. Boom – recapped. So instead, I thought I’d recap some of my favorite apps for tracking and maximizing my workouts!

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Nike+ Running – I really like the interface of this app, even though I don’t use it very much. It runs off GPS and tracks mileage, route, and calories. Since most of my running has been indoors, I don’t use it, but I like it for races and outdoor runs.

Sworkit – Sworkit features circuit training and yoga sequences, as well as stretching poses. I use it to stretch at the end of workouts because I’m really bad at stretching. My only complaint about it is that it’s not organized particularly well – I’d rather do all my standing stretches at once, and then all my seated stretches, but you can skip stretches if you want to. Maybe that is resolved in the paid app, I’m not sure. You set a timer for how long you want to run through the program and it stops when you’ve hit that limit. Easy peasy.

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Gympact – I have talked about Gympact before – it’s an app to monetize your workouts. You set up a bet – mine is that I will work out 4 times a week, and for every workout I miss, I’d have to pay $10. (Spoiler alert – I never miss a workout.) If you’re going to the gym, you check in when you arrive and check out when you leave. If you’re at home or running outside, use the “Anywhere” or “Apps” feature. It syncs with other apps, like RunKeeper, or monitors your movements over the course of your workout. Use code “GymPact$5″ when signing up to start for free!

Cardio Trainer – this is an Android app that looks pretty cool. It tracks any workout, including GPS run routes, and integrates music into the app. If you have an Android that doesn’t use Nike+, this looks like a good substitute. It actually looks like it has some fantastic functionality and I wish it would come to iOS so I could try it out.

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MyFitnessPal – I like MyFitnessPal because it’s all-in-one: I log my workouts and track my food intake. It tells me every day what number of calories I should be shooting for, and it’s really convenient. You can also update it online, and there are apps for iOS and Android.

Charity Miles – Charity Miles lets you donate your miles to a non-profit org of your choice – my miles always go to Stand Up 2 Cancer and (RED). You can use this while running, walking, or biking, and the donation schedule is this: bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile.

8tracks – this is epecially great for iPhone users who underestimated the space they would need to store their desire music and still have room for apps and photos (ME!) 8tracks lets you upload tracks from your home computer (or wherever) and stream them on the go.

Netflix – It’s no secret that I watch Glee like… all the time. Especially when I’m running. I originally called treadmill sessions built around episodes “Gleekouts,” and I even get caught up in the music and start to dance along (especially during the Blame It On the Alcohol episode. Ke$ha, hayyy!)

Any other apps I should check out? I’m specifically looking for one that will read texts or tweets back to me while I run – haven’t figured out how to make that happen yet. Let me know!