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Top 8 Fitness Apps Effective For iOS & Android

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PHOTOGRAPH: Vimeo | Whether you own iOS device or Android, there is no excuse to stay unfit.

The market is flooding with fitness apps these days in wake of the rising health awareness. There are a plethora of fitness apps out there to suit every requirement and device. While iPhone comes fully equipped with Health, Apple’s own stab at the market, there are plenty of other apps that you can get from the store.

There are even ways of tracking reproductive health and granular looks into nutrition. Whether you use iOS device or Android, there are apps for every need. Here are eight best fitness apps for iOS and Android to help you stay fit and active.

Best Fitness Apps For iOS

  1. MyFitnessPal

    This app is touted as one of the most popular fitness apps in the world, and it truly deserves the stardom. It has a database of millions of branded and non-branded foods and drinks. So, you can manually log what you’ve consumed as it can guide you regarding specific foods’ health information.

    You can even sync the app with a few specific fitness trackers. However, if you don’t have one it syncs just as well with MapMyRun. This is a companion app that auto-updates all your runs and workouts. If you carry your phone all day then it will record your exact calorie-count for the day.

  2. 7 Minute Workout

    Free
    Get it from the App Store

7 Minute Workout Training Challenge offers workouts that does not require too much time. You don’t even need any workout equipment. This nicely designed app provides plenty of workouts and also has a good tracking system with fun badges and awards when you meet your goal. Though it’s a free app, but watch out for the in-app purchases for additional workouts and routines.

3. Fitbit companion app

Free
Get it from the App Store

Though it’s a Fitbit comapnion app yet it can work without a fitbit band. So you can use it even if you don’t own one. But it’s a lot better if you do and they’re paired up. This combo of tracker and app creates a small fitness space for you to work from and achieve your personal goals. You can track runs and monitor your heart rate.

It can even track your sleep when paired up, and while fitness trackers aren’t 100% accurate, the pairing of band and app can positively affect both your physical and mental well-being. You can even buy a smart scale to track your weight and body fat.

4. Couch to 5K

RRP £2.99
Get it from the App StoreThis affordable app is part of a larger Couch to 5K campaign. The objective of this is to help people ease into the routine of regular running. It trains you up over nine weeks to be ready for a 5-kilometre race.

Wonder why buy one when you can get free apps? It has a clever coaching feature that interacts with during your workouts. The app can record your runs using iPhone’s on-board GPS capabilities, plus pipe in your chosen music while you’re out. Besides, it is compatible with Apple Watch to provide ultimate running companion info. It’s totally worth it!

Best Fitness Apps For Android

1. Endomondo

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Endomondo allows you to track your fitness and performance.

Free with in app purchases

Get it here

Endomondo is considered one of the best of the best fitness apps. It allows you to track your fitness and performance. Besides, you can also record pep talks for your friends, and there is a large list of other things to do and access. The in app purchases is actually a $2.50/month subscription service. You can create a personal training plan, analyze heart rate, get rid of ads, and enjoy several more features.

2. FitNotes Gym Workout Log

Free

Get it here.

FitNotes by James Gay allows is a free app that features no advertising. It includes an exercise database so that you can properly categorize your workouts. Besides, there is a workout log so you can keep track of what you’re doing. You can create custom routines and workouts tailored to yourself.

3. Google Fit

Free

Get it here.

Google Fit has been around for a while now and has been quietly updated over the last year to give it better functionality. Its best feature is its complete and total integration with Android Wear which makes this a must-try option for those who own a smartwatch. On top of that, you’ll get goals to conquer, stats to analyze, and various types of tracking.

4. Ingress

Free

Get it here.

Ingress can actually be a very effective for those who are trying hard to get back into shape. Ingress turns the act of going outside and taking a walk into a video game. You can play the game where you must roam around and “hack portals” for your allegiance. The Missions feature lets you go on missions which are essentially complex scavenger hunts. No matter which way you play, it actually involves going out of the house and walking/biking around and eventually it’ll help you get into better shape!

These were the eight best fitness apps for iOS and Android to help you stay fit and shed those extra kilos. Have you tried any of these apps? Share your experiences through comments and keep reading this space for more information.

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