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Best fitness apps video

Amie Parker-Williams reviews three top running apps to help you decide which to put on your home screen, in the first episode of our apps show Appy Days.

Fed up of trawling app stores and bloating your homescreens with unnecessary icons in search of the perfect app? We feel your pain -- which is why we have created a sparkling new video app review show: Appy Days!

In this first episode, Amie Parker-Williams dons her sweats and scuttles through the busy streets of London town to put three popular fitness apps through their paces.

The first app in our trial is iMapMyRun, which offers some interesting social features so you can share tips with your gym buddies, and is available for free on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.

We also take a look at RunKeeper, another freebie that has workout options for a whole host of different activities and is available on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia S60.

Our third app of choice is Nike+ GPS, which is iPhone-only and has a price tag of £1.49. Despite these obvious shortcomings, it does come equipped with some special extras, such as the ability to play a power ballad for a motivational boost if you run out of puff mid-workout, or the option to play a game of tag with your friends.

Hit play on the video above to find out which app will have you pounding the pavement like a pro and which will leave you panting on a park bench.

Have any of these apps helped you tread the path to sporting glory? What kinds of apps would you like us to look at in future Appy Days episodes? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.