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Santa Fe New Mexican - Healthy Living - - APP - By Staci Mat­lock

The smart­phone has changed the way peo­ple tell time, take notes and pho­tos, nav­i­gate un­fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings — and then some. Thanks to the many apps avail­able for iOS and An­droid mo­bile devices, it can also keep track of the calo­ries you burn and re­mind you to med­i­tate now and then — that is, if you’re among the 68 per­cent of Amer­i­can adults that the Pew Re­search Cen­ter says now own smart­phones. The usual cau­tion ap­plies: Con­sult your doc­tor be­fore start­ing any new ex­er­cise rou­tine.

For in­door work­outs, try 8Fit, an app de­signed for peo­ple who think they don’t have time to ex­er­cise. The free ver­sion pro­vides you with per­son­al­ized 10- to 13-minute work­outs based on your goals, such as los­ing weight, de­creas­ing body fat or sim­ply ton­ing up. You choose your level of fit­ness and de­cide how many times a week you want to work out. The app then has you take a quick fit­ness test be­fore cre­at­ing a work­out rou­tine for you. It pro­vides short videos demon­strat­ing the ex­er­cises and of­fers warm-up ex­er­cises to get you go­ing. You can pro­gram the app to pro­vide mu­sic for the work­out rou­tine and alert you when it’s time to ex­er­cise. You will def­i­nitely get your heart rate up and feel the burn. For a monthly fee, the app also will track your diet and calo­ries, pro­vide nutri­tion tips and of­fer on­line coach­ing to beef up your work­outs.

Warn­ing: Go easy with th­ese ex­er­cise rou­tines if you have bad knees. (avail­able for iOS only) For out­door work­outs, try

Map My Walk. This app has been around for sev­eral years but re­mains a great work­out pro­gram. Owned by ath­letic-wear com­pany Un­der Armour, the app can be used to track your time, dis­tance and route for walk­ing, run­ning, road cy­cling, moun­tain bik­ing or tak­ing Fido for a stroll. The app tracks time per mile split — the time it takes to run a de­fined dis­tance — and for to­tal dis­tance, a nice fea­ture for peo­ple try­ing to hit a per­sonal-best goal. If you like, the app will tell you your pace per mile, al­though the first time you hear the voice it may star­tle you out of your shoes. You can save fa­vorite routes, along with el­e­va­tion gain, and share the routes with friends. For those of you who like a lit­tle com­pe­ti­tion, you can cre­ate a work­out chal­lenge and in­vite friends to join, or you can par­tic­i­pate in a spon­sored na­tional chal­lenge. For an ad­di­tional monthly or an­nual fee, you can add fea­tures that track your lo­ca­tion so friends and fam­ily know where you are and so you can get some au­dio coach­ing. (An­droid and iOS)

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