By, Melissa Buscetta, RD, CDN

Nowadays, your smartphone can do just about anything. Did you know you can use that smartphone as a personal trainer of sorts, too? Fitness apps can help motivate you to exercise. While no app is going to take the place of professional advice from a physician, registered dietitian, physical therapist or certified personal trainer, there are plenty of fun fitness apps you can use to motivate yourself.  Here are some top favorites:

Sworkit: Can choose from strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching that range from 5 to 60 minutes long. These workouts are designed to be done anywhere, anytime as there is no equipment needed.

Seven: Using nothing more than a chair, a wall and your own body weight, the 7 minute workout provides the maximum benefit of working out regularly in the shortest time possible.

Kettlebell Trainer Pro: Start slow with a Kettlebell basics course and progress all the way up to more challenging workouts.

Daily Workout: Ten to 30 minute daily workout routine steps you through exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home.

Daily Cardio Workout: Five to 10 minute daily cardio routine developed by a certified personal trainer with on screen instructions and timer.

Some added benefits to using a fitness app is the ability to set and track progress toward goals, ability to track activity levels to increase time and reps as well as sync Fitbit, apple watches or Bluetooth scales.

Use caution whenever starting a new exercise program and always consult your physician before doing so.

Melissa Buscetta is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is currently working with Bariatric and Medical Weight Management patients. She is very enthusiastic about teaching others how to live a healthier life before and after bariatric surgery.