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Fitbit arrives on Windows Phone 8.1

A native app for the popular fitness-tracking devices is now available on Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones.

Fitbit is now available on Windows Phone 8.1. Nate Ralph/CNET

We've just lost yet another excuse to put off getting into shape: Fitbit is coming to Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

The app is near-identical to its iOS and Android incarnations: pair your smartphone over Bluetooth with a Fitbit device like the Flex or the One , and your data will sync automatically. You can then use the app to monitor progress on your fitness goals by checking in on the steps you've taken and the calories you've burned, or log how much food and water you've had today.

Sync to a Fitbit and track your activity on your Windows Phone. Fitbit

You'll also be able to adjust the personal goals you've set (or create new ones), send messages to Fitbit-toting friends, and check out achievement badges and leaderboards to keep yourself motivated with a bit of old-fashioned competition.

Things have been looking up for Windows Phone users -- in just the last few weeks, both Adobe Photoshop Express and on-demand car service Uber have made their debuts as native apps. That doesn't exactly signal the end to the platform's app drought, but it does give anyone who might be interested in giving a Windows Phone a try some hope that the apps they'd like to use will be there.

You can grab the app for your Windows Phone 8.1 device later today from the Windows Phone store -- it's free and available worldwide in English, with additional languages to come later this year.