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App Wrap: 'Wii Fit U,' 'Runtastic Pro'

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

If, like me, you absolutely despise going for a jog, here are two new high-tech creations for making exercise seems less like a chore by making it seem more like a game.

Wii Fit U

The first one is from Nintendo, which helped start this whole play-a-game-while-you-get-a-workout thing with Wii Fit. Now, Wii Fit U is here for the WiiU console, and one of the big differences is that you can get a $20 Fit Meter that counts steps, can factor in intensity and can tell when you're going up or down stairs or hills in order to help calculate calories burned right on the device. Then, with one button push, you can sync your meter's data with your Wii Fit U profile on the console to get more details on how you're doing.

If it turns out you need a bit more burning to do, Wii Fit U has now more than 70 in-home workouts for you to do, most of which are wrapped up in fun games and most of which will require the balance board.

Wii Fit U is right now being offered as a free one-month trial download on the Wii U eShop. Sync that $20 Fit Meter to the title, though, to make it a permanent part of your collection.

Runtastic Pro

Runtastic Pro has loads of features you'd expect from any one of the loads of apps that track a cardio workout - calories, distance, see your route, etc. For the not-so-hardcore sweater, through, the Story Running mode makes the app worth a look.

There are four stories told via professional voice actors that are mixed in with music and sound effects to help set the mood. That mood is one designed to inspire you to run. For example, if the lead character in the story is being chased, the music will reflect that in an effort to make you want to run really fast, as if you're the main character being chased.

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