Apps and Accessories Help Hone Your Beach Body

Summer is in full swing and for many, August means one more trip to the beach before the routine of school and fall sports return.

Beach season also means bathing suit season, which prompts many to begin a new fitness regimen or opt for a healthier diet. Fortunately, help is only a click away with these health and fitness apps for your smartphone or tablet.

If you’re looking to start a healthier diet, recipe apps such as Easy Chef Recipes provide an array of meal options, and allow you to search by food or category so you can cook a quick meal with what’s already in your cabinet. When shopping, try Fooducate, which lets you scan a barcode to see what's really in your food and make healthy choices.

To track your progress, try apps like MyFitness Pal to monitor daily food intake and calories, or Better Body: Total Body Workout which offers easy-to-follow tips and exercises to tone targeted areas of the body.

For those looking for a little extra motivation, there are several smart health and fitness accessories, such as Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker or Withings Smart Body Scale, which wirelessly monitor diet, exercise, weight and even sleep. Fitbit Ultra tracks all of your activity, including distance walked, floors climbed and calories burned, while the Smart Body Scale tracks weight, BMI and more, and allows for remote monitoring so those helping you reach your goal can track your progress.

Tools to track weight, manage diet and maintain your fitness routine can help you reach your goals this summer.