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Reboot Your Life: 18 Free Apps That Make Life Easier

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Who says you need fancy meal plans, expensive trainers, and personal shoppers to be fit, healthy and happy? We found 18 apps that do all that -- and more -- for free!

Goal: Fit Back into Those Skinnies

Your cigarette jeans have been hiding in the far left corner of your closet since New Year's Eve...2012. Fire up your slim-down regimen so you can slip into them stat.

Torch calories with...Nike+ Training Club (available for iPhone and Android phones, nike.com)

Ditch the flab in no time on the newest version, which has more than 100 workouts to choose from, or go for a customized full-body four-week plan. A trainer leads you through the routines, plus you get instructional video clips of the moves. Don't like burpees? The updated app lets you swap drills you hate for ones you love.

Stay on track with...Lose It! (available for iPhone and Android phones, loseit.com)

Research shows that jotting down your eats can put you on the fast track to weight loss. Lose It makes tracking supereasy and discreet. Use the database to quickly log your meals, snacks, and workouts (you choose lists of options), and the app will show you your calorie intake and burn.

Jump-start your motivation with...Fitocracy (available for iPhone and Android phones, fitocracy.com)

Stuck in an exercise rut? Turn your usual routine into a video game-style competition. You rack up points for your sweat sessions; the goal is to score achievement badges and conquer new challenges (think 20 push-ups in a row). Find your friends or make new ones among the million-plus users, and cheer them on or dare them to a race.

Sneak more steps into your day with...Footsteps (iTunes, footsteps.palmshadow.com)

Stay active, even when you can't get to the gym. Aim to hit 10,000 steps a day with this pedometer, which tracks your distance, speed, and calorie burn from morning to night. Set the step tally you would like to hit and get alerts when you've achieved that goal. Use the graph to follow your progress from day to day.

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