3 Fitness Apps That Use Visuals and Visualization to Motivate Your Workouts

3 Fitness Apps That Use Visuals and Visualization to Motivate Your Workouts

Armed with their smart phones, consumers now have more visual tools than ever to help them achieve their fitness goals.

Smart phone fitness apps can track running pace, distance, time and elevation, or even turn working out into a game, complete with audio cues and interactivity. Whether you’re after sprucing up your everyday workout or just looking for a way to motivate yourself to get out of the house, these apps are there to help.

Here, we look at three popular apps and how they use graphics and data visualization to help you fulfill your goals.

1. Zombies, Run!

Price: $3.99
Available for iOS and Android

Zombies, Run! is a hugely popular app that turns running into a game, complete with graphics and audio. (Yes: you will be chased by zombies; they will be loud.)

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