Technological advancements have made our everyday lives, far more comfortable than ever. We spend less time and less effort on daily tasks than our predecessors before. This, however, has caused health risks to increase, resulting in various health problems – a direct result of our reduced activity.
However, technology has seemed to have solved that as well in the form of health, fitness and workout apps. These apps make use of the various sensors present on your smartphone to give you helpful insights into your fitness levels and encourage you to take a jog or a walk when they detect a lack of activity, as well as your regular workout regimes.
Thus they help and motivate you in your journey to stay healthier and fit every day. These are my top seven picks of workout apps for Android
Google Fit – from the creators of Android themselves is an easy-to-use, well laid out fitness app. It is free to download, has a modern UI, and tracks everything from running, walking, cycling and displays your stats in the form of calories burnt, steps taken and weight lost.
It also makes use of Heart Points and Move Minutes, to motivate you to achieve your day to day fitness targets. One of the best advantages of Google Fit is that it can integrate with a vast number of smartwatches, fitness trackers such as Mi bands and WearOS devices from companies like Fitbit or Samsung, and even other fitness apps making it the most versatile available today.
You can download Google Fit here.
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As the name suggests, Runtastic is a fitness app that tracks all the stats from your running activities, such as distance covered, calories burnt as well as heart rate. In addition to this, it also provides motivational audio feedback to help you achieve your fitness goals and helpful fitness insights from real trainers (only for Premium subscribers).
In addition to running bases stats, it also provides stats for individual exercises such as pushups, cycling, and pull-ups and it even has a sleep tracker. It also provides a lot of integration with smartwatches and fitness wearables.
Runtastic has both free (with in-app ads) and paid plans and can be downloaded here.
If you’re a very fitness conscious person, in other words, if the gym is your second home, then this is your all in one gym trainer. JEFIT is a workout trainer and tracker app that is built for the bodybuilding inclined folks. It keeps track of all your reps and sets and has a very sleek and well laid out UI.
It features cross-platform support between your phone and the web, and it has a database which includes a whopping 1300 workouts catered for different muscle groups, and that’s just the start. It is free to download, but if you want to extract the most out of it, you’re better off with the paid plan which is a tad pricey. However, you do get the most out of your money.
You can download JEFIT here.
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MyFitnessPal is your best bet when it comes to tracking calories. The app tracks everything from the food you’re eating and your water intake and takes your height and weight into consideration to provide information about your calorie count and how you can improve.
It also tracks your exercising routine and also has a workout timer and step tracking. The biggest talking point is it houses a six million-plus database of foods and supports a wide variety of diets, and gives you helpful insights into your nutritional intake.
MyFitnessPal can be downloaded here.
Map My Fitness
Map My Fitness is the official fitness app from a well-known sports and fitness brand, Under Armour. It has more than 600 different fitness activities and syncs with more than 400 devices to give users various insights into their athletic performance. It also features a large online community where users can join challenges and motivate each other to reach their goals.
Map My Fitness is also compatible with all WearOS devices, thus helping users to sync data seamlessly across their smartphones and fitness trackers. If one opts for the premium version, you get personalised training workouts and the ability to monitor heart rates as well.
Map My Fitness can be downloaded here.
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The idea behind Sworkit is simple. It provides gym-quality workouts without you having to go to the gym. The app allows you to create a wide variety of exercises, each grouped under strength, cardio, yoga, and stretching.
You can even select time duration based workouts ranging from super short five-minute sessions you can do in your office to proper hardcore sessions you can do at home. Most of the features of the app, however, are paid, so that might be something to keep in mind.
You can download Sworkit here.
Nike Training Club
This fitness app offers hundreds of 15-45 minute workouts based on your personal fitness goals that you’ve set. However, it differentiates itself from other traditional fitness apps by providing videos for every type of workout, demonstrating how to execute each exercise properly.
The icing on the cake is that all these videos are built into the app, which means that you don’t need an active internet connection to view them, allowing for added convenience to users. Users opting for the Premium plans can avail 4-6 week programs that offer nutrition and wellness guidance, specially catered for the user.
Nike Training Club can be downloaded here.