Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Download a A[euro][approximately]trainer'

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Download a A[euro][approximately]trainer'

Article excerpt

WITH the warmer weather approaching, there's more and more people pounding the pavement, hitting the gyms and trying to lose winter's excess baggage.

And almost as universal as the water bottle is the smart phone or music player.

So it's only natural that app makers are throwing myriad options at those looking to track their fitness progress.

There's everything from apps to count how many steps you take to those showing you how to do sit ups better.

Here's a look at some of the best.

1. GARMIN FIT

This app uses the GPS tracker on your phone to track your speed, distance and elevation. It will also calculate how many calories you've burnt using your weight, height and age, and you can listen to your own music while you run. $0.99, iOS, Android

2. MYFITNESSPAL

Take the stress out of weight loss by tracking how many calories you've eaten without having to crunch the numbers yourself. Monitor what you eat using the barcode scanner or by searching the database of more than three million foods. Free, iOS, Android

3. STRAVA CYCLING

A GPS tracker with a difference: not only does this app measure your speed, distance and elevation as you cycle, it also allows you to compete with other cyclists who have ridden the same "segment" of road or trail. It also helps you to suss out the best nearby cycle routes. Free, iOS, Android

4. NIKE TRAINING CLUB

Want to get fit but don't know where to begin? The Nike Training Club app provides you with a range of workout routines based on your own fitness level and targeting specific areas of the body. Working out for set periods ranging from 15-45 minutes will unlock bonus regimes, recipes and fitness tips. Free, iOS, Android

5. FITOCRACY

An app that provides a reward system for anyone struggling with motivation. …

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