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Getting in shape requires hard work and perseverance, but the right technological toolkit can offer you some valuable assistance. Check out these apps to help you achieve your lifestyle goals.

Staying fit involves better eating, cooking, shopping and exercising habits. With such a variety of challenges, these apps can help you be more efficient in crafting a routine that works out for you.

1. MyFitnessPal:

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jessica mullen/flickr

Eating healthy is vital to staying in shape. With MyFitnessPal’s library of up to two million foods, you can easily look up a food item and find out what’s in it with the scan of a barcode. This app also features a calorie counter, helping you set goals for yourself and monitor your progress.

2. Shopwell:

As a wise person once said, to eat well, you must shop well. Set up your profile on the Shopwell app, entering your dietary restrictions and fitness goals.

When you scan a product, the app will rate it, letting you know how well it fits your lifestyle goals and needs. The app will also provide alternative food suggestions to help you stay on track.

3. Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout:

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J. Vílchez/Wikipedia

We all understand the value of exercise, but not everyone is blessed with an abundance of time or a personal trainer. The beautifully designed interface of Johnson & Johnson’s 7 Minute Workout app gives you all the direction you need to get a great workout in just a few minutes.

The app offers a over 1,000 different exercises for various fitness needs, and its integrated music feature, as well as the “follow-along” videos of personal trainer Chris Jordan, make it an extremely user-friendly workout companion.

4. The Healthy Recipes app from SparkRecipes:

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California Avocados/flickr

With over 500,000 recipes, this app from Sparkrecipes will suggest healthy meals based on the ingredients you have or want to use to help you make the most of what’s in your fridge.

This app will also calculate the nutritional information of your own recipes. When you’re short on time and only working with what you’ve already got, this app is great at keeping you on target.

5. Noomcoach:

Noomcoach is a weight-loss coaching app that encourages you to make small changes in your daily activities, making it that much easier to live a healthier lifestyle. With the Noomgroups feature, you are connected to a community of over 32 million people, supporting you and keeping you motivated to reach your goals.

6. Runkeeper:

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Ian Dick/flickr

With numerous running apps competing for our attention, Runkeeper stands out. With the use of a GPS, the app will map out the best running routes in your city. It provides you with a personalized workout based on your running style, music playlist, and weight-loss goals.

7. Healthy Out:

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Karolina Grabowska/Pexels

With Healthy Out, you can choose delivery, take-out, or find a restaurant from a selection of the healthiest eateries in your vicinity. Simply enter your nutrition restrictions in the app and it willl offer meal and restaurant suggestions, as well as a detailed breakdown of what exactly is inside your food.

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