Everyone’s talking of health and fitness these days. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, walk more steps in a day, or train like an athlete, fitness apps can help. They keep track of your activity level, collect a wealth of data and help you set your own goals. Sudhir Chowdhary takes a look at some of the free apps that make fitness fun and help you stay motivated.
Want to lose weight? Train like an athlete? Digifit iCardio will transform your workout experience. Whether running, walking, hiking or cycling, this fitness app (available on iOS and Android) is your thing. Digifit iCardio will help you stay active and focused by tracking your weight, duration, distance, pace, speed, beats per minute (BPM), calories and calories per minute (CPM). This app collects a wealth of data and the best part is, it is very accurate. You can even pair it with any supported heart rate monitor to track your runs, bicycle rides, and other workouts.
Available on Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows devices, Endomondo tracks your runs, bike rides, and other outdoor activities with a fair bit of accuracy. This app has a simple user interface and it is designed not only to track your workouts, it even provides audio feedback along the way and offers guidance on how to reach your goal. It’s literally a free personal trainer in your pocket which syncs with Endomondo.com, where you can access a full training log and analyse your fitness activity.
FitStar Personal Trainer
FitStar makes it easy to get and stay in shape with engaging programmes that continually adjust to your feedback, goals, and capabilities—just like a personal trainer! Its HD videos show you the moves and provide step-by-step coaching, motivation, and tips. The app, available on Google Play and iOS, ensures that you never do the same routine twice; it has a number of exercises dedicated to your core. It even connects with popular devices and weight management apps, such as Google Fit, Fitbit, to automatically sync your weight and consolidate your fitness activity.
This fitness app will do real-time tracking of your fitness activity. As you walk, run or cycle, your phone or Android Wear watch will log them with Google Fit. This app will record your speed, pace, route, elevation, and you can stay motivated and on track. You can even set goals based on steps, time, distance, calories burned. A user will receive personalised recommendations and coaching for activity goals. It aggregates information from other apps and you can track your progress from your phone, tablet, the web (fit.google.com) and even your Android Wear watch.
A free app available on Android and iOS, Jefit Workout creates personalised workout programmes tailored to your needs to keep you motivated. This app gives you simple tools for crafting weight-lifting workouts and keeping track. Put simply, it is a one-click to record your training logs, track your rest time and complete your workout. You can even log sets and reps, as well as how much you lifted. A calendar then helps you plan your workout days and rest days. Looking for extra motivation? You can connect with your friends to receive feedback and compare stats to stay focused on your goals.
A free Android app which is your own personal yoga instructor wherever you are! The app contains a 20, 40 and 60 minute yoga routine that step you through each pose. Each pose is demonstrated by a certified personal trainer, so simply choose your workout length and follow along in the comfort of your own home. There are audio instructions and the app features around 30 poses. This app is great for both men and women. Its user interface is easy to navigate and video demos will get you hooked on to this fitness app. Highly recommended for yoga enthusiasts.
Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, a widely popular health and fitness app. It is available on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone, even the Web. The app gives you a wealth of tools for tracking what and how much you eat, and how many calories you burn through activity. With a large food database (over 6,000,000 foods), this amazingly fast and easy to use calorie counter helps you take those extra pounds off! It even connects with over 50 devices and apps including Fitbit, Jawbone UP, Garmin, among others. Most important, it is fairly easy of use.