At least 30% of the world’s current population does not get sufficient exercise. As we spend more and more time on your laptops and smartphones and cram ourselves with junk food, the more we push ourselves towards obesity and its life-threatening complications. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With enough motivation and a small amount of your time, it is easy to stay in shape and live a healthy life. To help you along the way, there are lots and lots of fitness apps out there for your Android device. In this article, we will mention the top 5 fitness apps to track health activities. These apps work quite well on their own, but you can also tag your heart rate monitor to get better results.
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Some of the best things in life are free. That’s probably why you don’t have to shell out a single penny to try out this simple, lightweight yet fantastic fitness app by Google. In the home screen itself, you can track your daily goals and access your timeline. Adding new goals and activities is also a breeze, just tap on the plus icon at the bottom right.
You can also keep a log of your weight to access your progress over the months. It is also possible to link Google Fit to your heart rate monitor as well as other fitness apps to add more functionalities like calorie counts, weight loss regimens and more. Like other apps by Google, you can expect top-notch app designing and end user experience.
Endomondo- Running & Walking
With over 10 million downloads, Endomondo is one of the most popular fitness apps in Play Store. The app name is rather deceptive, as Endomondo has an extensive list of sports to choose from. You can set daily workout plans, set weekly commitments or accept challenges to push yourself to new heights.
To keep yourself motivated, listen to audio messages from your fitness pals, and you can cheer them in turn as well. It is also possible to connect to your MyFitnessPal account to seamlessly integrate your diet with your workouts. A subscription-based premium service will give access to more personalized training plans and statistics, along with other features.
Progression Fitness Tracker
Progression is specially targeted towards more serious users, those aspiring to not only lose flab but also get a chiseled body. There are tons of customizable workout schedules to choose from, accessible through the overlay menu. You can always add more days, add or remove exercises from your schedule by tapping at the three vertical dots in the top right corner.
There are hundreds of activities which can be viewed together from the ‘Exercises’ tab in the overlay menu. A pro version is available through an in-app purchase of around 6 US Dollars, which unlocks even more schedules, workout stats, and a few more perks. If you are serious about bodybuilding, this app is worth a try.
Calorie Counter -MyFitnessPal
No amount of exercise will get you back in shape if you don’t keep an eye on your diet as well. That’s where Calorie Counter steps in. You will need to create an account or log in with Facebook, which will help you access their services across platforms.
The app will help you attain your goal (lose weight, gain weight or maintain weight) by asking a few basic questions in the beginning. Then it will calculate an estimated daily calorie intake limit. The app keeps a regular track of your meals, and with a massive database of various food items, it can be very accurate. The premium version (accessible on a subscription basis via in-app purchase) has a few more useful features for better and faster results.
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You might beg to differ, but for many people out there, money is the biggest motivation for doing anything. Pact utilizes this idea and challenges you to meet your own self-set goals. Once you commit to a wager to eat healthy or get more exercise, the app will use location tracking for workouts (and link with your Calorie Counter account for eating habits) to verify whether you meet your daily goals. If you do, you get paid! If not, you have to pay up the same amount.
In case you are wondering where the money comes from, it’s from other users who couldn’t keep up their end of the bargain. The prospect of earning money is quite lucrative, but it is very important, to be honest with yourself. After all, your primary goal is to stay in shape, right?