12 top fitness and wellness apps for 2014

Still holding onto your New Year's resolution to get fit? These mobile apps will help you stay on track.

12 Top Fitness and Wellness Apps for 2014

Statistically speaking, that New Year's resolution you made to get healthier in 2014 will soon be toast. (Whole wheat, preferably.) Only 41 percent of people who vowed to get fit in 2013 kept their resolution, according to a SessionM survey of some 40,000 mobile device users. Most people only stuck to their new health/fitness regimes for a few weeks.

But you're going to keep your resolution, right? Heck, we're going to make it a little easier for you. What follows are 12 Android and iOS apps designed to make you run, sweat, get buff, eat right and avoid illness.

James A. Martin writes the CIO.com Martin on Mobile Apps blog. Follow him on Twitter @james_a_martin and on Google+.

Fitocracy
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Fitocracy

Free, with premium option
Android average user rating: 3.6 stars
iOS average user rating: 4.5 stars

Fitocracy turns getting buff into a game — complete with points, leveling up, achievement badges and social pressure. The app connects you to other "Fitocrats" so you can challenge and support each other (as well as compete). You can plan a workout before hitting the gym using the app's many exercise suggestions. When exercising, you use the app's workout tracker to record your reps and activities. Fitocracy is ideal for gym rats and syncs with RunKeeper. A premium version, called a "hero account," costs $45/year and provides weekly activity reports, private messaging with other Fitocrats and more.

Fooducate
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Fooducate

Free, with premium options
Android: 4.4 stars
iOS: 4.5 stars

As its name implies, Fooducate is designed to educate you about the foods you eat. Its barcode scanner, for example, will call up information about a food, including stuff you wouldn't necessarily learn from the packaging label. Fooducate will also present better options for the specific food item scanned. You can keep track of food consumed, including your own prepared meals.

Worth noting: The free app features advertising, and most of the useful features — such as personalizing your food choices based on such things as controlling cholesterol or carbs — require a premium plan that's $5 for three months or $15 for one year.

HealthyOut
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HealthyOut

Free
Android: 3.8 stars
iOS: 5 stars

Sticking to a diet when dining out is no picnic. But HealthyOut, a guide to local restaurant dishes, makes it easier. Set your dietary preference — Atkins, heart healthy, glucose control, lactose-free, vegan, even pescetarian — and then search for local restaurant dishes that meet your dietary preferences by type, ingredients, cuisine and more. You can restrict your search by delivery, take-out, or dine-in restaurants. When you select a dish, the app even offers advice on how to make it healthier, such as "request light oil and brown rice." Though the app doesn't provide a nutritional breakdown of dishes, it's still a must-have for dieters who eat out regularly.

Hot5 Fitness
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Hot5 Fitness

Free
Android: not available
iOS: 4.5 stars

The Hot5 Fitness workout app from Hot5 Inc. features 50 minutes of videos starring both women and men in a variety of programs, including yoga and flexibility, abs and core, cardio, and muscle and strength. You can follow along with pre-set workouts or build your own. The app stores videos on your iPhone or iPod touch, so you can follow along when traveling (and avoid eating into your cellular data plan) or otherwise offline. Hot5 also syncs with MyFitnessPal, which lets you access calories consumed and workout stats across both platforms. Keep in mind some exercises require equipment, such as a yoga mat or stability ball.