Fitness apps for your smartphone

Check out these walking and yoga apps to help with your 2014 New Year's resolutions

There's an app for everything, including monitoring your blood pressure!

There’s an app for everything, including ones that help you get moving for the New Year!

“Getting fit” routinely tops the list of New Year’s resolutions. So, if 2014 has you vowing to exercise more  — and procrastinate less — check out these awesome fitness apps for your smartphone, all designed for heart health.

iTreadmill: Pedometer Ultra with PocketStep™

  • Features: The app’s pedometer senses motion as you walk and determines the length of your stride. Estimates calories burned. Once you establish your pace, it can select a tune with a matching beat. Also tracks time, speed and distance walked.
  • Operating system: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
  • Cost: $1.99


  • Features: MapMyWalk is a pedometer and a fitness tracking app that enables you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all of your fitness activities. Record your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned and route traveled on an interactive map.
  • Operating system: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android
  • Cost: Free

Virtual Walk

  • Features: Track your walking using GPS or a treadmill, and use your accumulated miles toward different walking routes around the world. Even if you are just walking on your treadmill at home, circling your neighborhood or walking on your local high school track, you can challenge yourself to complete the Appalachian Trail or take a tour of the memorials in Washington D.C. There are plenty of walks to choose from, with many more on the way!
  • Operating System: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android
  • Cost: Free

Walking Paths App by the American Heart Association

  • Features: Walking tracker. Find walking paths others have created near you or create a path where you are. Track and save your walks.
  • Operating system: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android
  • Cost: Free

Yoga Studio by Modern Lotus

  • Features: Loaded with more than 250 poses complete with advice, images and tips for each one. There are 30 ready-made video classes and users can even mix-and-match to create their own tailored routines.
  • Operating System: iPhone and iPad
  • Cost: $2.99

The healthcare professionals at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center Mardigian Wellness Resource Center included the above on their list of apps designed to help patients and families focus on improving cardiovascular health. Look for more recommended health and wellness apps in 2014!

Frankel-informal-vertical-sigThe University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is the top-ranked heart and heart surgery program among Michigan hospitals. To learn more, visit our website at umcvc.org.