Busy lifestyles lead to elevated stress levels. As awareness spreads about the positive impact of physical exercise in reducing stress and promoting health benefits, more and more people are allocating time to it. And to guide them in their pursuit of good health is not just fitness centers, but mobile apps as well. These health & fitness apps have become hugely popular in recent times, allowing users to plan, track, organize, and share their chosen exercise regimen. Let’s take a look at some of the best health & fitness apps currently available on iTunes (iOS) and Google Play (Android).
Map My Run (MyFitnessPal) – This app lets you log more than 600 different types of workouts. It has GPS based mileage tracking for running, jogging and walking. It is compatible with more than 400 devices, allowing you to import and analyze all your data from a single interface. The premium version costs USD 5.99 per month whereas the annual subscription is available at USD 29.99.
Calorie Counter (MyFitnessPal) - This app is specially designed to help you lose weight. It has the largest database of more than 5,000,000 food items, so you can easily calculate the calories of any food that you may eat. Based on your profile, the app automatically creates a personalized diet and exercise program. After this, you just need to follow this program and see the pounds coming off. This app is entirely free; there is no premium version.
Fitbit (Fitbit, Inc.) – This app is designed to work with Fitbit activity trackers and smart scales such as Fitbit Surge, Charge HR, Charge, Flex, One or Zip tracker. It is designed to help you get active, eat better, manage your weight and sleep better. You can track your activities, heart rate, measure calories burned, and calculate distances while running, jogging, and walking. The app also lets you compete with your friends and compare stats. This app is entirely free.
Weight Watchers Mobile (Weight Watchers International, Inc.) - This app has it all and does it all, allowing you to live a healthier, more active life. The app offers two programs, ‘OnlinePlus’and‘Meetings’, which are subscription based. You can track your food, weight and activity as well as talk anytime to a Weight Watchers Coach using the new 24/7 Expert Chat feature. It also has a Barcode Scanner that lets you track nutrition info of any food product that you put in your grocery cart.
Runkeeper (FitnessKeeper, Inc.) – This app lets you measure workout distance, track weight loss, and achieve training goals. This app utilizes the GPS on your mobile device to track and measure various activities such as walking, jogging, running, bike rides, training workouts and several other types of fitness activities. Basic version of this app is free, whereas the premium version with enhanced functionalities is available for USD 9.99 per month and USD 39.99 per year.