Best Fitness Apps and Gadgets For a Healthy 2013


It’s a new year, and you know what that means – health and fitness resolutions abound! Lace up your sneakers and accept a helping hand from these great gadgets and apps designed to help you achieve your goals.

  1. FitBit Flex

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Slip this sporty wristband on your arm and get moving! This smart gadget will track how much activity you get throughout the day, and it shows your progress towards your goal.  It can also send you motivational text messages, track your sleeping patterns and trigger a silent alarm when it’s time to wake up (happier spouses!), integrate with apps like RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal, and more. Available in the spring for $99.95 USD.

   2.  Pebble

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We’re anxious to get our hands on one of these new smart watches. Strap this Bluetooth-enabled waterproof device, complete with e-paper display, on your wrist (or bike!) and monitor your walking, running, or biking distance. If you’re a golfer, you can also take advantage of the “rangefinder” app. Price: $150 USD.

   3.  Couch to 5K App

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Aspiring runners, take note! Start as a couch potato and become a 5K superstar in 30 minutes a day, three days a week, for 9 weeks. The app notifies you when to switch from running to walking and vice versa, helps keep you motivated with training tools, and allows you to share your progress with friends. Price: $2.99.

  4.  Zombies, Run! App

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Do you ever think that you could run faster if you were being chased by a bear, or perhaps a zombie? Stay motivated and entertained with this immersive running game, including more than 30 missions.  Keep up the pace; your brains will thank you. Current Price: $3.99.

         5.  BikeNav

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Planning the best route for your next bike ride is a breeze with BikeNav. Find bike-friendly routes, discover points of interest along the way, get turn by turn directions, and more! Price: FREE.



Huffington Post: Best Fitness Apps of 2012

Fitbie: 8 Smartest Apps For Fitness

Pebble Website

Forbes: Best of CES – 5 Reasons You’ll Never Remove the Fitbit Flex Wristband 

Zombies, Run! Game Website




About Melody Demel

Melody is Senior Manager, PR for Boingo Wireless, where she is responsible for media relations, brand building and thought leadership initiatives. Melody is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and retired NCAA DI college field hockey player.
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