Have a New Year’s resolution to get in shape but abhor the gym? Fitness apps may be the solution.

Technology has advanced greatly, and current fitness apps provide people with much better access to information, said Jeana Anderson Cohen, a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor who founded and operates the fitness website asweatlife.com.

“These apps and programs, videos and tools allow them to be efficient with their time and their bodies,” she said.

And a gym membership isn’t needed, either. “If you have a body, you have a gym,” Cohen said.

While there aren’t as many new fitness apps being created because of the rise of wearable fitness devices like Fitbit, which create their own motivations and experiences for users, fitness trainers picked their favorite new and established apps to help anyone with a smartphone get exercising. By Debbie Carlson, Chicago Tribune