Five apps to help you get in shape

Going for a run, losing a few pounds or finally exorcising a bad habit? Of course, there are apps for all of that and more,

Juice: An energy and activity tracker by Mindbloom that helps you connect daily routine to energy level by keeping track of sleep, diet, stress, mood and exercise. Users get energy tips, a weekly progress report and help prioritizing.

Free; for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Fitsby: This app has you challenge friends to a game of gym check-ins. Users can play for fun (and motivation) or for real money. A GPS system confirms user is at the gym and he must stay there for at least a half-hour before checking out. At the end of the game, the winner(s) take the pot.

Free; for Android. Coming soon for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Lift: This app by Lif Worldwide lets you set goals for health, fitness and anything you want to improve, such as reading more, being kinder, drinking more water. There are more than 300,000 habits to choose from. Set the goal and get motivated by tracking habits, monitoring and seeing progress.

Free; for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad; coming soon for Android.

Cruise Control: A unique option by Hyperion matches music selections to the pace users want to run: Free Run automatically selects music to match your rhythm; Pace lets users pick a target speed; Heart Rate is much like Pace and it will get the user to the targeted heart rate; and Cadence has users pick target stride rate and the app adjusts the songs to play at the same tempo.

$4.99; for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad.

Azumio Fitness Trainer: The app gives users more than 600 exercises and more than 100 home workouts — including seven body-part specific workouts — using only body weight, dumbbells or resistance bands. Sport specific workouts are offered as in-app purchases.

$2.99; for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad.

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