So many apps, so little time. We’ve done some research to help you find the right app for your needs. There’s a lot of choices so the first task is to think about what you want to get out of your tracking. Are you just curious and want to keep a general eye on calories burned, heart rate and steps walked? Or do you want to track your fitness activity over the longer term?
Knowing first what you’re looking to get out of your fitness tracking app is the first step. Then, it’s time to go find those apps on your smartphone. We’ve listed five for iPhone and five for Android phones. Most of these apps will connect to a smartwatch or fitness tracker. Check to make sure the app works with your device first (if that’s what you’re looking for).
*Some of these apps are available on iPhones and Android phones.
Five iPhone fitness apps
1. Argus Calorie Counter & Steps: Great for tracking your calorie intake and measuring the burn. You can scan food labels too for more precise data.
2. MyFitnessPal: This app has a database of over 5 million foods for great calorie tracking. The step tracker works with iOS Health, Apple’s native health app.
3. Fitocracy: It’s like a fitness trainer in your phone. From squats to barbells, you can set yourself challenges and track your fitness over the long haul.
4 FitBit Coach: Already have a FitBit? This one is perfect! You can set goals and create your own workout plans. It can also work with the Apple Watch, but that does require a subscription. This is a highly customizable app.
5. Pocket Yoga: This app has over 200 illustrated poses and a voice guide. It costs $3 but is very well designed and you can play your own music!
Five Android fitness apps
1. Strava Running & Cycling: This one is also available on iPhone. Great functionality and easy to use. It has GPS included and ties in maps.
2. FitnessBuilder: This app has a great catalogue of workouts. You can convert your workouts to PDF and print them off.
3. Workout Trainer: A neat thing about this app is that you go through a little coaching session in the app before selecting your workout. Well designed and easy to use.
4. JeFit: Originally this app was for bodybuilders, but it can work for any gym enthusiast and help you track just about everything with lots of customization.
5. 100% Army Fit: Feel like having a British Army instructor motivate you? Then this app is for you! It’s fun and rewards you with medals for hitting achievements. It’s free too!
Ultimately, it’s best to try more than one of these apps to find the one that works best for you. It’s good to try different ones and many people use multiple apps depending on their activity whether it’s the gym, paddling, cycling or yoga. There’s an app for everyone!