By Meredith Sheldon

Whether you are streaming up-beat music while lifting weights or tracking your distance while running, your phone plays an important role in your workout.

Download these four fitness apps on your device to keep yourself motivated and moving, both in and out of the gym.

My FitnessPal

This app is best for monitoring your diet and exercise. It enables you to log your food, exercise and water intake. Search foods by name or scan barcodes of packaged items, and the app will log the appropriate dietary information.

Plus, if you are looking for a way to stay fit with friends, this is the way to do it. By adding your friends’ profiles on the app, they will receive updates on your progress as well as their own. It is a great way to maintain the consistency of your workouts among your friend group.

Nike+ RunClub

Calling all runners: If you like to run outside, this app is definitely for you. Nike+ RunClub automatically calculates your time, distance and calorie expenditure while you are running.
The app also gives you a Weekly Rundown, which consists of daily cardio workouts and playlists you should try. The workouts are tailored to both athletes and beginner runners. Need a change in pace? Definitely download this app to amp up your running regime.

Couch to 5K

For all of the beginning runners out there, this app is for you. If you are looking to start your running career and re-instate that New Year’s resolution, get off the couch, lace up your running sneakers and download Couch to 5K.

The app contains all of the features you need to get on track without hurting yourself or getting discouraged. If you follow the app’s guidelines, you should be physically capable of running a 5K in two month’s time.

SleepTime

Like it or not, sleep is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. This app tracks the amount of hours you sleep and at what time it is best for you to wake up. SleepTime sets your alarms based on your sleep cycles to make sure you wake up feeling strong rather than groggy.