It's a new year, and for many, it's also a time for a new you. If you're looking to shed those holiday pounds and follow healthy New Year's resolutions, why not get some help with a good fitness app or two? Fitness apps such as running trackers, weightlifting journals, and workout guides, turn your smartphone into a portable exercise companion, helping you stay in shape and live a healthy, active lifestyle. From exercise tutorials to fitness trackers and games, check out 20 of our favorite fitness apps for iOS and Android devices.
Jawbone's Up fitness app (Android, iOS) is a neat piece of work, regardless of whether or not you've got a Jawbone fitness tracker. (Having trouble deciding on a tracker for yourself? Check out our favorite fitness trackers). The Up app connects with your tracker or your smartphone's built-in sensors to help you track and interpret a variety of metrics such as steps taken, calories burned and activity intensity. It also allows for manual entry of food and drink tracking, as well as sleep quantity.
The Fitbit app (Android, iOS) is primarily designed to work with the Fitbit wearable activity tracker, but it's also turned into a solid standalone fitness tracker app. In addition to syncing with Fitbit's line of exercise trackers, the app can also use your smartphone's sensors as a pedometer to record your steps taken daily, use GPS to track walking and running routes. The app also includes a food log for tracking nutrition, with a barcode scanner or a caloric estimator. Social features such as leaderboards and challenges round out the features. And, if you're in the market, here's our guide to Which Fitbit is Right For You.
Beginners and veterans alike will appreciate the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App (Android, iOS). The app guides users through the original 7-minute workout, as well as more advanced routines of varying duration and intensity, complete with short videos. A Smart Workout feature can function as your personal trainer. We also like that users can create their own custom workout routines.
FitStar (Android, iOS) functions as your personalized digital training coach, adapting its exercise routines to match your physical capability, carefully calibrating workouts to be challenging without being too difficult. Users can configure their ideal exercise duration and workout goals, and the app will whip up a workout session for you. Once done, you can rate the difficulty of the workout, allowing the app to slowly learn and adapt to your workout capacity, challenging you without breaking your body.
FitNow’s Lose It! (Android, iOS) aims to help users set and achieve exercise, nutrition, and other wellness goals. Users start by logging food and exercise, using the Lose It! calorie counter, along with the recipe builder and exercise planner, to stay within their daily calorie budget. Users can join existing peer support groups or challenges, which run the gamut from eating more vegetables to logging more exercise. While the app uses the phone’s built-in pedometer for step tracking, Lose It! also integrates with several health and fitness platforms, including Fitbit, MapMyFitness, Nike+ and Strava.
Skimble's Workout Trainer (Android, iOS) offers users thousands of free workouts with timed step-by-step audio and video instructions. Users can access the app's library to build their own custom routines and share them online, as well as try out routines posted by other members of the Workout Trainer community. A premium subscription unlocks more features such as HD workout videos and more exercise routines; it also removes ads.
JEFIT.com's apps (Android, iOS) serve as an incredible resource for users looking to do strength training and bodybuilding. Loaded with an exercise database of thousands of routines sorted by targeted body part, the apps come with detailed instructions, a workout planner, exercise log, progress tracker, numerous timers and options and synchronization with your JEFIT profile. The free version is ad-supported, while a pro version offers more features and removes advertising.