If smartphone apps like Real Pizza of New York (one of our favorite Hidden NYC apps) can help you find that late-night slice of pizza you’re craving, they can help you achieve the body you’re jonesing for. These fitness apps help motivate you to get moving (whether through altruism or fear of public shaming) and improve your diet.
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If you’re serious about dropping pounds—or at least tracking your calories—consider this comprehensive app your new BFF. You can add food, recipes and exercise routines based on whether you’re trying to lose weight or maintain it. Plus, you can connect to Facebook and Twitter to have your friends join in on the fun (or shame you if you deviate from your goal). Available for iOS and Android; free.
Find the best motivation to walk, run or bike by tracking your distance while earning money for your favorite charity. The more you use it, the more you can increase the sponsorship pool, so that every organization scores some dough. Available for iOS and Android; free.
Cooking at home is easier and healthier with this app from the popular online weight-loss community. Search more than 190,000 recipes to find your favorites based on course, prep time or even cuisine. You can also easily track your total calories with complete nutritional information. Available for iOS and Android; free.
If you’re one of those New Yorkers who uses the stove for storage space, download this directory, which features 250 restaurants and more than 60,000 food items. Most listings are from mainstream chains, but you can still keep track of your favorite foods and approximate dishes from indie eateries. Available for iOS and Android; free.