Great fitness apps for people over 50 v gashi 2015

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• My Fitness Pal — Free for iOS and Android. Want to drop a few pounds — or just eat healthier? There’s an app for that. My Fitness Pal is a one-stop shop for setting your weight-loss goals, recording what you eat and tracking all your activities. With a food database of more than 5 million items and a barcode scanner, you can make the best choices at home, in the supermarket and in restaurants. There’s even a recipe importer to help you cook healthfully — and creatively.

• Map My Walk — Free for iOS and Android. Walking is one of the best ways to get in shape. Just lace up your sneakers and download this free app. It uses the GPS in your phone to map out walking routes and records details of your workout, including duration, distance, pace, speed and even elevation. It’ll calculate the number of calories you’ve burned and even generate a history of your walks, so you can track your progress over time. (If you’re a runner or a cyclist, try Map My Run or Map My Ride.)

• Pocket Yoga — Free for iOS and Android. Yoga can help you lower blood pressure, ease stress, reduce back pain and even lose weight. But if you’re intimidated by the yoga pants and the pretzel-shaped poses, here’s a simple, gentle way to get started at home. From a database of illustrations and videos that show you how to do more than 200 poses designed by certified yoga instructors, you can begin your personalized yoga practice — or move on to a more advanced level.

• Tai Chi for Seniors — iOS $3.99. This ancient Chinese practice has been called “meditation in motion.” It’s great for both your mind and your body. Studies show tai chi improves flexibility, increases muscle strength and helps with balance and aerobic conditioning. With this app, find 64 demonstration videos with step-by step instruction from a tai chi master, and audio guides, too. Everything you need to begin your healthful tai chi practice.

• iRideInside — iOS $3.99. Has your stationary bike morphed into a coat rack or gathered dust in the basement? Turn it back into a great fitness tool with this app. Customize your workout according to your fitness level, choose music to listen to as you pedal, enjoy coaching videos while you ride and get reports to track your progress.

• My Fitness Pal — Free for iOS and Android. Want to drop a few pounds — or just eat healthier? There’s an app for that. My Fitness Pal is a one-stop shop for setting your weight-loss goals, recording what you eat and tracking all your activities. With a food database of more than 5 million items and a barcode scanner, you can make the best choices at home, in the supermarket and in restaurants. There’s even a recipe importer to help you cook healthfully — and creatively.

• Map My Walk — Free for iOS and Android. Walking is one of the best ways to get in shape. Just lace up your sneakers and download this free app. It uses the GPS in your phone to map out walking routes and records details of your workout, including duration, distance, pace, speed and even elevation. It’ll calculate the number of calories you’ve burned and even generate a history of your walks, so you can track your progress over time. (If you’re a runner or a cyclist, try Map My Run or Map My Ride.)

• Pocket Yoga — Free for iOS and Android. Yoga can help you lower blood pressure, ease stress, reduce back pain and even lose weight. But if you’re intimidated by the yoga pants and the pretzel-shaped poses, here’s a simple, gentle way to get started at home. From a database of illustrations and videos that show you how to do more than 200 poses designed by certified yoga instructors, you can begin your personalized yoga practice — or move on to a more advanced level.

• Tai Chi for Seniors — iOS $3.99. This ancient Chinese practice has been called “meditation in motion.” It’s great for both your mind and your body. Studies show tai chi improves flexibility, increases muscle strength and helps with balance and aerobic conditioning. With this app, find 64 demonstration videos with step-by step instruction from a tai chi master, and audio guides, too. Everything you need to begin your healthful tai chi practice.

• iRideInside — iOS $3.99. Has your stationary bike morphed into a coat rack or gathered dust in the basement? Turn it back into a great fitness tool with this app. Customize your workout according to your fitness level, choose music to listen to as you pedal, enjoy coaching videos while you ride and get reports to track your progress.