20 Sites to Get You in Shape

By Josh Catone
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If you’ve been watching the Olympics over the last week and a half, you may have felt the urge to try getting in shape. I know the thought crossed my mind — and was quickly dismissed. Watching swimmers break world record after world record or gymnasts bounce around with impossible balance is inspiring, but getting started with an exercise or healthy eating regimen can be daunting. The sites below can help whip you into shape the Web 2.0 way. (Presented in no particular order.)

  • Traineo – Graph fitness and weight loss goals and get motivation from family and friends who receive updates on your progress.
  • Gimme20 – Find or build a workout that works for you, and then track your progress.
  • PEERtrainer – Weight loss and fitness community where members help each other stick to their goals.
  • My Food Diary – Food diary and exercise log tracks your calorie and fat intake and how much you’re burning.
  • Gyminee – Workout and diet tracking in a community environment. Users also share workout programs and challenge one another to fitness challenges.
  • FitLink – Fitness community that matches people to workout together and keep track of their progress.
  • DietTV.com – Build a free personalized diet and exercise program using advice from experts.
  • Skinnyr – A simple app that tracks your weight loss on a graph.
  • SparkPeople – A healthy lifestyle social network where people share recipes, create diet plans, track calories and fitness goals, share exercises, and health information.
  • FatSecret – Compare diets, share recipes, ask questions, track your progress, and keep an online journal at this site.
  • FitDay – Diet and weight loss journal that has long term analysis tools to figuring out how successful your diet and fitness efforts are.
  • WeightLossWars – Compete against others to lose weight. Feel like you’re on one of those weight loss game shows and let that be motivation to keep trying to shed pounds.
  • TheDailyPlate – Nutrition information for over 100,000 food items. Keep track of what you eat and how good (or bad) it is for you.
  • Inpower – Rate your overall well-being, set goals, create a plan, track your progress, and share your experiences with the community. (Not just limited to weight loss, but to all health issues — such as smoking cessation.)
  • RunFatBoy – Simple site that creates a customized workout plan you can print and bring to the gym. Also food tracking and a journal.
  • iTrainHarder – Track fitness and nutrition goals. Tools not only for individuals, but also for personal trainers and gyms.
  • Wellsphere – An online “healthy living community” that encourages people to be more active and eat healthier.
  • DailyStrength – Online support groups for all sorts of things, including weight loss and dieting. (Not limited to just those topics, though. This site has support groups for everything from depression to parenting to cancer.)
  • Project Weight Loss – Create a diet and weight loss plan, then track your progress. Menu planning, calorie counting, and body mass index figuring are all part of the package.
  • TweetWhatYouEat.com – One of the most simple food diaries on the web. Just tweet (or IM or enter via the web) what you’ve eaten, and TweetWhatYouEat.com will keep track of your weight and calorie intake. Unfortunately, not as good at automatically knowing how many calories food items have as other calorie counters, such as a Calorie Counter.

Have you tried any of the sites above? Let us know in the comments. Also let us know about other sites that we didn’t include on the list.

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  • Post Anonymously

    Good sites!!

  • heggaton

    I’m sorry, this is getting annoying. First of all, Josh wrote a post about soccer, and now, a post about fitness websites?!

    This has nothing to do with developing websites what-so-ever. If I wanted to read this trash, I’d read Elle or some other girly magazine.

    Is there any way I can use Google Reader to filter out any posts made by Josh?

    I really like some of the posts that come out of Site Point but not this (non-web development) rubbish.

  • Andrew

    This is a very good list.

    Thank you

  • redg

    co-sign with heggaton…
    rubbish i say.. not worthy of sitepoint

  • George

    It does seem like there are a lot of fitness related posts coming through my reader recently, but unlike heggaton, I love it! It is refreshing to see a little different flavor from some of your favorite blogs.

    I personally use Gyminee and absolutely love it. I did a comparison between Gyminee and Traineo on my blog and found Gyminee to be much more useful and feature-rich.

    As for other sites I use:
    The Office Diet
    Geek Fit

    And a quick plug for my own geeky fitness site:
    Geek Into Shape

  • Mike

    Another great, free, food and exercise journal is NutriMirror.com.

    And a site that’s not 2.0, but will get you out of your chair, is one hundred push ups.

  • stevewebdev2005

    Love this one:

    Calculates how far your jogging route is overlaid over google maps, and estimates a time. You can see other peoples routes too.

    Heggaton, here’s a tip: of you don’t like a topic , don’t click. Nobody is forcing you to do so.

  • Dan

    A great site that I’ve used for years with all my personal training clients is http://www.fitsync.com. They have a version for individuals that allows you to choose workouts from a huge library or create your own, and then download them to a PDA or phone or iPhone. It’s definitely much easier to have your workouts with you in the gym or wherever and you can watch videos if you need a reminder.

  • heggaton


    if you don’t like a topic, don’t click. Nobody is forcing you to do so.

    Whilst that is usually what I’d do, since this is a site about developing websites, I find myself getting at least 1/2 the way through the article before I realise it’s got nothing to do with the development of websites.

    After all, how am I to know I don’t like a topic until I grasp what it’s about?

    This article was an exception but still, this isn’t even an article, it’s a bunch of links to other websites that have absolutely nothing to do with web-development.

    Here’s an idea, maybe SP should create another blog about articles that have nothing to do with web-development.

  • @heggaton and redg: SitePoint hired me to expand the focus beyond just web development and to write about web tech news, commentary, analysis and the occasional list post highlighting interesting “Web 2.0” sites. In short: the type of thing large web tech blogs like TechCrunch, Mashable, and ReadWriteWeb (where I was previously employed) write about.

    Here’s an idea, maybe SP should create another blog about articles that have nothing to do with web-development.

    This actually is a separate blog. I write almost exclusively in the “News and Trends” blog. Check out SitePoint’s Blogs page and you’ll see that there are a number of other blogs for specific web dev topics, including blanket categories for Tech, Business, and Design. You can subscribe to those separately.

  • This is a good list. Thank you i looking http://www.walkjogrun.net/ i like it

  • Andrew

    Another good fitness community: http://www.fitnessandlifestyle.co.uk

  • Isn’t one of the best ways to learn by looking at what’s out there? I enjoy these posts.

    Have to give a shout out to my favorite fitness site: http://www.bodybuilding.com

    They have an extensive list of exercises and a massive store of supplements at very low prices – all with detailed information.

  • Mary

    I recommend thinjoy.com. Its a newer verson of the calorie counter type websites. Its a lot easier and faster and allows you to create your own food group plan (it tracks your servings per food group automatically). It pretty different you actually go into a flash application.

  • FGJ1241

    I’ll lob in a vote for introPLAY. Great site. Lets you track workouts in any sport and activity and have workout competitions with buddies.

  • Josh – Keep up he good work. There are those of us in the SP community who find it refreshing to have an added focus that you provide (in addition to the programming articles that traditionally come out of here). I look forward to seeing more posts from you.

  • Henry

    I stumbled across this site – http://www.dailymile.com . It looks really cool. It’s a social training log where you can post workouts, compete with friends, get answers to running questions, and find training partners.

    They have a blog too that explains some of their features. http://blog.dailymile.com

    I thought some of you guys might find this useful for your fitness goals. So far their community has been very helpful to a beginner like me.

  • Greg


    A really cool food diary with some very nice features:
    – Saved meals
    – Shared foods
    – Recipes with scaling feature
    – Food import feature
    – Slick user interface

  • Sally Sue

    This is a wonderful list! Also checkout http://www.healthehuman.com.

    It is an “all-in-one” health site so you don’t have to go to 10 different sites.

  • joe maresca

    This is a very good list of sites. I also use:

    You can also find so very good articles on buzzle and goarticles.