The best iPhone fitness and nutrition apps of 2011

by Kate Currin

Getting your diet and fitness on is a lot easier when you are armed with the proper iPhone app tools. You can ditch your gym membership and your diet-tracking notebook for some savvy nutrition and exercise iPhone apps that will take your workouts to the next level. Here are five of the best fitness and nutrition apps released for iPhone in 2011.

P90X

Home fitness junkies addicted to the P90X workouts rejoiced in 2011 when the fitness and nutrition program finally launched its companion app. The P90X app for iPhone starts at $4.99 and in-app purchases vary in price. Keep track of your workout status and diet plan in the palm of your hand. The app is a much more efficient way for those on this health plan to keep track of their diet and exercise. Still not sold on P90X? Check out the fit test in the app for free and try it out.

10K Runner

You mastered the 5K app in 2011 so now check out the stellar 10K Runner: Couch to 5K to 10K app ($2.99) moving into 2012. The app trains you through 30-60 minute running session three days a week for 14 weeks. Your virtual running coach will guide you through the warm up, running intervals and cool down for each workout. If you are a complete beginner, this fitness app is filled with running wisdom to have you feeling like a running geek in no time. Share your runs on Facebook and Twitter straight from the app to get encouragement from your friends and family.

Calorie Tracker – LIVESTRONG.COM

For many health conscious folks, counting calories is a way of everyday life. The Calorie Tracker – LIVESTRONG.COM app ($2.99) makes that task easier as well as combining calorie counting with goal setting and progress tracking. If you are looking to jumpstart weight loss or wanting an easy tool to help you maintain your weight, this app is sure to make your daily food intake and exercise reporting duties easier. After all, you don’t become a world class athlete with mindless eating and long sits on the couch!

Nike Training Club

The free Nike Training Club app has the answer to well-toned abs and fresh cardio routines, all in the palm of your hand without having to flex your muscles to open your wallet. This fitness app is always my answer to what is my workout going to be today. There are full body workouts and short cardio-based ones that keep each session fresh, no gym required. This fitness app is constantly releasing new work outs, some even from professional athletes.

Meal Snap – Calorie Counting Magic

The name of this app says it all. Snap a photo of your meal and the app magically figures out what you are eating along with an estimated calorie count. I wouldn’t recommend solely relying on the Meal Snap – Calorie Counting Magic app ($0.99) for measuring your dietary needs, but it is pretty fun for calorie counters on-the-go.

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