Get yourself into shape with these health and fitness apps

For the past few years we've trawled through BlackBerry World and rounded up a handful of fitness apps for you (here and here). And so we've browsed again for 2015. We're slap bang in the middle of summer - even though the stormy weather I can hear outside my window as I write begs to differ. You might already be in full swing of your summer workout activities but for those still looking maybe these apps are just what you're looking for.

I've tried to avoid choosing apps we've had in any of our previous fitness round ups and of course, we welcome any suggestions you may have. Just searching the word fitness in BlackBerry World presents you with many apps, so I've tried picking out the ones that give you the best function or feature, as well as mixing them up in what they have to offer. Continue on to discover five fitness apps for BlackBerry 10.

Fitness Pro

Fitness Pro Exercise

Fitness Pro is an app that contains lots of different workout activities for you to do each day and each one works on different areas. You can work on your abdominals, arms, back, chest, legs, shoulders and even cardio. There's even a program with activities to do each day. Just select one and start the workout, the app shows you which exercise to do and includes a timer for each repetition. There's also the ability to tap into an exercise to see how it's done. I also like how it plays music for the duration of the workout too. Some may want to play their own music, so you can turn this feature off, if you wish. There is also a voice that will speak at each exercise change.

Fitness Pro is free to download and this gives you access to a limited number of workouts, so you can try it out. You can unlock all features for $4.99. It is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

Learn more / Download Fitness Pro

Exercise Timer

Exercise Timer Saved Timers

If you're into HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or any type of interval training or even some sort of round timer, then Exercise Timer is a great app for this. You can set the warm up time, workout time, rest time, cool down time and also set the number of rounds required. When using your timer, you can see the total workout time and you can turn on the voice feature to tell you where you're at during the workout so you don't need to keep looking at the screen.

Exercise Timer is free to download, however with the free version, any timers you create won't be saved. They'll save temporarily but if you close the app, they will disappear. You can upgrade to the full version for $0.99, which is a bargain if you ask me. But it's great that you can check it out for free, first. It is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

Learn more / Download Exercise Timer

Learn to Run Pro

Learn to Run Pro workout

Want to start running? This is a great app to get your started. It has an 8 week, 24 workout program to help build you up to running the distance you want. You can start small with a run workout out that gets you to running 1 mile. There's also a program for 5k and 10k, as well as programs to help you transition between them. Such has a transition from 1 mile to 5k and another one for 5k to 10k.

Each workout is unique, so things don't feel repetitive. Each workout also includes a warm and cool down, in the form of a brisk walk. I like that at each stage of the workout you can have a voice play what you're supposed to do, i.e. 'run', 'walk'.

Learn to Run Pro is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones and while it hasn't seen an update for some time, it works well (I've used it with both the BlackBerry Classic and Passport with no issues). You can get it for $1.99.

For more information / Download Learn to Run Pro


Freelectics Exercises

Freeletics is a type of fitness program that was suggested to me by a family member. It contains many different workouts and exercises, without the need for equipment, and basically you can go at your own pace. The exercises are tailored to whether you want to work on endurance or strength or if you just want to do a standard exercise. The same with workouts.

There's also a community element to Freeletics. You can see other people's times for each workout and you can them try to compete with those times, which also acts as motivation for your to improve, especially if you're the competitive type.

This app is an Android port and you will need to install it through an app such as Snap. Freelectics is also free to download but it does require you sign to up for an account to use it, which is also free.

Learn how to install Freeletics via Snap

Body Buddy

Body Buddy Splash Screen

Body Buddy is an app that lets you track your calorie intake. Along with fitness, it's also important to eat as healthily as possible. With Body Buddy you can enter information of what you've eaten for the day and how much exercise and it shows you how many calories you have consumed (and burned through exercise) to give you your total for the day.

When you first use the app, you go through a set up process where you enter information such as age, height, weight and if you want to just maintain weight, lose weight, etc, and this helps to work out how many calories you should be having each day. It also integrates with Nike+ to track your runs and the Withings Scale if you use any or both.

Body Buddy is very much like My Fitness Pay, which we had available on BlackBerry OS that sadly didn't arrive on BlackBerry 10. It is free to download and you get a 60-day trial for the full Professional Edition. You can upgrade to the full version at any time, if you find you love the app that much. The full version will cost you $2.99.

For more information / Download Body Buddy

Those are some recommendations for this year. And there are plenty more to discover. Do you have any other fitness apps you use and recommend? Hit up the comments with your suggestions.

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