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Five new and improved diet and fitness apps for 2016

Apps like Earthmiles help users stick to healthy New Year's resolutions.

Apps like Earthmiles help users stick to healthy New Year’s resolutions.

Phone it in to get thin.

These five new and improved diet and fitness apps put nutritionists and personal trainers in your hand.

A healthier, happier you is just a tap or a swipe away.

Ipiit scans food labels to determine whether that item meets your nutritional needs.

Ipiit scans food labels to determine whether that item meets your nutritional needs.

IPIIT

Watch what you eat. This screening app reads food labels so that you don’t have to. Select from a list of allergens, preservatives and additives, such as almonds, eggs, gluten, lactose and artificial sweeteners, and the app scans an item’s barcode and flashes plus or a minus sign to indicate whether the food meets your health standards. Come January, users will also be able to scan products for sugar content. The app can compare two products and pick the healthier option, as well. Free for iOS and Android. See ipiit.com.

Oprah Winfrey is pushing the new Weight Watchers SmartPoints plan and updated app.Weight Watchers UK via Youtube

Oprah Winfrey is pushing the new Weight Watchers SmartPoints plan and updated app.

WEIGHT WATCHERS

Go “Beyond the Scale” with Oprah. The diet brand’s new spokeswoman has lost 20 pounds on the recently-launched SmartPoints plan, which takes calories, protein, sugar and saturated fat into account – not just carbs, fiber, protein and fat, like the old system. The updated app includes more fitness tracking. Search thousands of foods, restaurants and recipes, and use the barcode scanner to read nutrition labels. Free for iOS and Android with a Weight Watchers Online subscription, which starts at $ 4.61 a week at weightwatchers.com.

Earthmiles lets you earn rewards for doing physical activity.

Earthmiles lets you earn rewards for doing physical activity.

EARTHMILES

Make every move count. This U.K. app coming to the U.S. in mid-January links with your favorite activity tracker to count runs, walks, bike rides and yoga sessions toward earning “Earthmiles.” These rewards points can be redeemed for deals from wellness and sports brands like Reebok Spartan Races and Raw Chocolate Co., similar to frequent flyer miles. Free for iOS and Android. See earthmiles.co.uk.

Handstand brings the gym class to you.

Handstand brings the gym class to you.

HANDSTAND

It’s the Uber of personal trainers. Bring the fitness instructor to you, whether you want to do Pilates in your living room or go kickboxing in Central Park. The app comes to NYC in late January. Browse available coaches, pick a location and book a 60-minute sweat sesh. A single session runs $ 69, or save by ordering bundles of four for $ 209 ($ 52 a class) and eight for $ 399 ($ 50 a class). The new Rebook feature lets you reschedule with the trainers you love. Free for iOS and Android. See handstandapp.com.

Sworkit app features 170 and counting workout routines.

Sworkit app features 170 and counting workout routines.

SWORKIT

Squeezing in exercise is no sweat. Tap a growing library of 170 different exercises ranging from 7-minute stretches to hour-long cardio blasts. The new Sworkit Premium subscription service launching Wednesday for $ 2.99 a month adds an “Ask a Trainer” feature, the ability to set exercise intervals and ad-free workouts. And the new Sworkit Kids tailors the training videos to the younger set, with children leading physical challenges such crawling for 30 seconds or hopping from one foot to the other. The basic app also includes video demos to perform exercises perfectly. Free for iOS and Android. See sworkit.com.

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