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Run Nerd Awards: Best Apps

Check out our four favorite fitness apps!


Tracking your runs and staying fit has been made easier with a smartphone. Download out favorite apps and you can exercise anywhere you want! Here are our Run Nerd Awards picks.

BEST OVERALL: Charity Miles

Hot features: Giving back has never been easier than with this encouraging app that donates money as you move. Companies sponsor this program and 25 cents is donated for every mile logged on foot.

Cool extras: Share your accomplishment on social media and see who else is supporting your favorite charity!

Best fit for: Athletes with big hearts who want to make their miles count.

FREE, charitymiles.org

BEST FITNESS: Sworkit

Hot features: There are no excuses with this circuit trainer. Pick a workout type, part of the body and time frame available, and you’re set with a full-blown sweatfest designed to match your busy schedule.

Cool extras: Not sure how to perform that pro-looking move? The app provides video demonstration for every exercise.

Best fit for: The on-the-go girl looking for a quick and effective sweat session.

Free, sworkit.com

BEST MILEAGE TRACKER: RunKeeper

Hot features: This catch-all tracking app includes logging features for runs, weight loss and overall progress. Link to Facebook and automatically connect with other app users—instant social media bragging rights!

Cool extras: Wake up to an inspirational quote on mornings of scheduled runs.

Best fit for: Dedicated runners who love schedules and detest skipping miles.

FREE, runkeeper.com

BEST WEIGHT-LOSS: Lose It!

Hot features: Reach your goal weight with this easy-to-use tracker. Options include an analysis of meals—including a brand-name search for popular foods!—and ingredient tracking to measure your caloric intake when cooking.

Cool extras: Users can hold each other accountable by creating groups or challenges for others to accept.

Best fit for: The health nut who wants to shed a few lbs and share her success with like-minded shredders.

FREE, loseit.com