Do you need some motivation to get you to move around and exercise? There are plenty of benefits to exercising including stress relief, weight loss and you can reduce serious medical conditions. If these reasons don’t motivate you to exercise, then maybe you need to check out our favorite health & fitness apps for Android.
1. Runtastic Pedometer
Did you know every person needs to walk 10,000 steps per day? Do you know how many steps you’re walking? The Runtastic Pedometer app will keep track of every step you take and will let you know if you reached the recommended daily steps. The app works great whether you keep your phone in your pants, jacket, bag or purse. You can share your activity on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. You can download Runtastic Pedometer from the Google Play Store here.
2. Calories Counter - MyFitnessPal
Developed by MyFitnessPal LLC, this app is one of the popular calorie counting apps in the App Store. MyFitnessPal app is linked to the MyFitnessPal website, so users can take advantage of community message boards, and other calorie tracking devices like Fitbit. It's user friendly and easy to use. When you first sign up it asks users to enter in basic information like name, date of birth, weight, height, etc. If you're looking to lose weight, you will need to put in how much you weigh, weight goal, and how many pounds per week you want to lose. It also asks how many times per week you exercise, and for how many minutes. Once the registration process is over, the app opens a summary page that will show the calories that have been consumed (carb, protein, fat), and the number of calories left for the day in graph form. Food entries can be done by entering text or by scanning the barcode. You can also add multiple types of exercise including cardiovascular and strength training.You can download Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal from the Google Play Store here.
3. Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO
Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO is a health and fitness app developed by Endomondo.com. Endomondo is one of highest rated apps for running, cycling, walking and any other distance-based activity. Set goals and let the audio coach guide you. View graphs with heart rate, lap tames, and speed throughout the workout. The step counter will track workouts if you don't have GPS coverage. You can purchase Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO from the Google Play Store here.
4. Lose It!
Lose It! is a health and fitness app developed by FitNow, Inc. Lose It! will help you track your food and exercise, and stay motivated to make healthy choices. The easy to use calorie counter will help you stay within your daily calories. Join a public challenge or create your own. Compete with friends or work together to achieve a common goal. You can download Lose It! from the Google Play Store here.
5. Instant Heart Rate - Azumio
Whether you want to track your heart rate for health or exercise, but don’t feel like spending the money on a heart rate monitor, the Azumio Instant Heart Rate app, will be your best solution. Before you get started, you will need to enter your age and gender so the app can calculate your heart rate zones. Place your finger over the camera on your smartphone, and it will detect your pulse within ten seconds. You can download Instant Heart Rate from the Google Play Store here.
6. Nike+ Running
Nike+ is a health and fitness app developed by Nike, Inc. Nike+ Running accurately records distance, pace, and time. Tag the friends you run with and share a map of your route on Facebook. Need extra motivation? Get in-ear cheers from your friends and set up your favorite song to give yourself a boost. You can download Nike+ Running from the Google Play Store here.
7. RunKeeper - GPS Track Run Walk
Once you download RunKeeper on your Android device, you’ll be able to train like a pro, even if you're just starting out. RunKeeper has a built-in GPS so it can track your route, your pace and speed. It will estimate how many calories you burned during your workout. If you register for a free account on RunKeeper.com you can sync all your activities and routes along with being able to show activities to other RunKeeper users. You can share progress and publish activities to Facebook and Twitter to let your friends know how well you're doing. RunKeeper can also be used for outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, mountain biking and swimming. You can download RunKeeper from the Google Play Store here.
8. MapMyRun GPS
If you’re serious about running or jogging, MapMyRun lets you track all of your workouts and will help motivate you to get in shape. Getting started with MapMyRun is easy: All you need to do is sign up for a free account, and you on your way. You will have plenty of options to plan and track workouts and nutrition. The Home Screen allows you to see recent activity, workouts you've completed and food you logged into the system. If you click on the "Routes" tab it takes you to MapMyRun section, where you can create new runs or see existing routes by other MapMyRun users. The app lets you search by workout distance, running, biking, dog walking, hiking, and more. MapMyRun is a great tool to use if you're looking for something to map your workouts. You can download MapMyRun GPS from the Google Play Store here.
9. Zombies, Run!
Zombies, Run! is a running game developed by Six to Start. Players must pick a mission and walk, jog, or run where you want. Pop in your headphones and listen to your music along with the story. You will need to speed up if you're being chased by zombies. Pick up items as you run, and use supplies to build a big base. Runners can also create a free ZombieLink account and share runs on the website. You can purchase Zombies, Run! from the Google Play Store here.
10. WebMD for Android
WebMD for Android is a health & fitness app developed by WebMD, LLC. Users can access health information 24/7. WebMD provides decision-support tools including WebMD's Sumptom Checker, Drug & Treatments, and First Aid Information. Just select the part of your body that is bothering you, and choose your symptoms to learn more information. Find the nearest physician, hospital, and pharmacy based on your current location. You can download WebMD from the Google Play Store here.