By Walter Pacheco, Orlando Sentinel
2:23 PM EST, January 3, 2013
It's the start of a new year and if you're looking to get fit or improve your health, zombies on your smartphone might be a good start.
Zombies, Run! is a fun app that makes the user the survivor of a zombie apocalypse. As the name implies, the undead are chasing you as you run through a park or your favorite urban setting. The faster you run away from the brain-eating zombies, the better you perform.
There are several missions and users can mix their own tunes to keep them running. The app is $3.99 and it's available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
The Nike+Running app is one of the most comprehensive free running apps for iOS and Android. It maps your runs; track progress, calories burned, pace, time; and offers motivational reminders to keep you running. The app automatically uploads data to Nikeplus.com where users can view their runs, routes and elevation. Users can also share their runs on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
While Runtastic is better known for its running app, the developers have rolled out several companion apps for walking, cycling, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, pull-ups and more. Most of apps under the Runtastic brand are free, but others start at 99 cents. They're available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
MapMyRide is a cycling app that features an easy to use interface that logs routes, distances traveled, calories burned, elevations, and other information. Users can post their rides on Facebook and Twitter, as well as discover new routes on the apps database. The app is free and available for iOS and Android.
If you like to snap pictures of your food to share them with friends, Burpple might be a useful app to keep track of the stuff you stuff in your face. It basically operates like a food journal that organizes and tags food photos with locations that help other users connect. It also integrates with Facebook and Twitter. The free app is only available for iOS.
The Lift app also helps users achieve goals and improve personal habits like reading exercising, running, meditating, going to the gym, and even flossing. It's free and available only for iOS.
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