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The Fix: Trick yourself into working out by using your smartphone

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The Fix: Trick yourself into working out by using your smartphone

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If you hate exercise but love games, Donald Bell showcases a few apps that can help improve your health step-by-step.

[MUSIC] It seems like all the phones these days have new and improved features that track your every step and all your calories burned. My problem is I need more than numbers and charts to actually motivate me out of my chair. If you need more than achievements and milestones to help get you motivated. I'm gonna show you two apps that put the fun in front of the fitness. First up we have an app called The Walk, $2.99 and you can find it for both iOS and Android. And it's basically like an audiobook thriller where you advance through the story by walking. Each story has it's own fictional map and as you walk you come across little audio clips that advance the story along and keep you entertained as you go. The stories are all very cloak and dagger. You're a spy, saving the world from a terrorist plot and sucks you in pretty quickly and keeps you going cuz you wanna know what happens next. [MUSIC] Good job there, Walker. If you don't mind walking together we might be able to pull that same trick at any other checkpoint we come to. I've got the device, here, I'll put it on the table under your paper. You pick it up after a few moments and slip it into your pocket. Good. Find a private place to open it before you arrive. I'm sure you've been briefed the same as I have. I can see you onto that train to Edinburgh, then you're on your own. So underneath it all you're still getting all the same benefits of a fitness app. It's tracking your steps, it's giving you goals and achievements. As you progress you're gonna get more goals and more story and that's gonna get you hooked. [MUSIC] We're just hoping we can get you out of here on time. Come on before they spot you. I see you've got. I like the whole system and I like that all it asks of you is to walk. No running, no jogging, no shame in walking at a leisurely pace. Now on the downside the little bits of the story that get doled out can be frustratingly brief. Sometimes I'm tempted to just download a Tom Clancy audio book and cut to the chase. That looks pretty eerie all by itself. For something a little more intense, there's Zombies, Run!, $3.99 for this one. Also available for iOS and Android, and a lot of people love this app. If you wanna move, what's more motivating than the the thought of a horde of zombies chasing you? Now the story here is that you're in the midst of a zombie apocalypse and you're running to pick up supplies for your town. Again the map is fictional so you can be running around your neighborhood or running around a treadmill it doesn't really matter. All that matters is that you're moving. The audio story here is just as good as the one on the walk word plus it has zombies. And also this app also gives you a Farmville style town that you can upgrade and add on to with the supplies you bring back. But if you start slacking, your town can get raided by zombies and then you've let all your virtual people down. Now, the down side of this app is that it can be fairly demanding physically. The best place for it is probably like on a treadmill or some place where you can run like crazy when the zombies attack and not run into the street like an idiot. We've spoken to Mullins, the base you came from and they're not ready to send another helo[sp] until we know who fired that rocket launcher at you.>> What I like most about this app though is that the gaming element can get addictive. And you want that. Also, you can load up music playlists in the app and just have your zombie run goals drop in periodically. I'll be taking you on a quick tour around the perimeter of the base today, and show you the main routes into the city. Should be a quick, easy run. So if you're feeling the need to get physically fit, but charts and graphs aren't enough to get you going, try one of these apps. I mean, a personal trainer would be great, but sometimes it takes a zombie or a secret agent or two to really keep things interesting. Thanks. [MUSIC]

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