You always want to be in the best shape possible; feeling fit and healthy increases confidence and decreases stress – and of course keeping yourself healthy is important for avoiding nasty diseases and physical pain. However, it can be hard to achieve this without the right support.
Today I’ll be looking at 50 applications that will help you to get fitter. Each of these apps can easily fit into your everyday life, and their assistance in small amounts over a period of time can be a great boost!
Please note: We are not medical professionals, so don’t take any of this as medical advice! Consult your doctor or physician before making major health changes.
We all need something to track our progress, whether its a physical chart or digital, Endomondo Sports Tracker will be an efficient replacement. Becoming your own personal trainer and fitness partner, the app is expertly designed to help you to experience a range of different sports. The interface is easy to use, offering features you actually need!
With over 9 million users already you won’t go wrong with this application. It’s a step above others on Android, by providing you with high quality techniques and a range of capabilities. I recommend it for anyone who aims to be in better shape.
I bet we’ve all wondered, “what do I sound like when I’m asleep?” An app which can help you do this is SnoreControl, by recording you throughout your sleeping period and tracking the noise throughout, converting the noise levels to graphs to display changes over time.
This app is for anyone who has trouble sleeping or just has a keen interest in the sound they make. With many extra features such as airplane mode and easy navigation tools, this little app has a lot to offer. Hopefully, this application can help you!
Have you ever wanted to try a unique workout which has been designed specifically to improve your fitness? Tabata Training is a series of interval Cardio workouts designed in Toyko to keep you fit and healthy. This companion app comes with a simple layout which will instantly help you to customize the workout to your specific fitness level.
Throw away your massive recipe books because this application gives you more than you’ll ever need. With a humongous database of over 170,000 recipes the wealth of choice is brilliant, and I love that you have a built in shopping list too. This allows you to digitally recognise your desired products, a helpful ability for any budding chef.
Overall, this a great app which can surely help you start eating healthier with a richer variety of food.
Homemade recipes are always the best and the most special, you can specialise them to your own liking, and perfecting them as you go. The app gives you traditional home-cooked recipes from Tamil in Southern India, famous for its wide variety of flavours and food. In my opinion, experiencing food from other cultures is one of the most thrilling experiences; not only do you enjoy great food you learn more about other people’s cultures!
Well designed and easy to follow, this will greatly increase your variety of food.
Tying in nicely with the previous app, this one entices you to experience the wide range of Chinese cuisine. One aspect that caught my eye was the detail which had been put into each recipe, making it easier to make food you would never dream of making otherwise.
The range of different features is great, this app will allow you to experience Chinese culture more as well as to use the healthier options to create a balanced diet.
Did you know that your phone can release a high amount of radiation? Tawkon allows you to track the radiation levels using your phone, alerting you when you when you are in a high radiation zone is the main concept of the app. So, if you’re worried about cellphone radiation, this app can help you stay aware of it.
Price: Free Requires: Android 2.1 or above Google Play Link:tawkon Developer:tawkon
Everyone wants good complexion, they always say first impressions count and many people believe this intensely. Skin Care Recipes is an app which aims to give you flawless skin, using helpful tips, tricks and methods. I’m sure there’s a recipe for you.
The concept of the application is to reduce the amount of dangerous and toxic ingredients on your skin, a problem which can lead to damaging effects later in life. All the methods allow you to improve your skin’s moisture and repair damaged skin. Simply designed with a healthy approach, this app will help your skins condition and make you feel generally better about yourself.
Have you ever tried to stimulate your brain, allowing it to relax and experience different effects? Brainwave Tuner allows you to do this through the power of sound. The application changes your brain frequency towards your a desired state, choosing from a list of preset sound patterns.
A highly developed and extremely helpful app, allowing you to indulge in a range of different states easily. With a clever interface which is no hassle at all, this app will allow you to instantly go into your own little world!
The next four applications are from the same developer, but focus on different exercises.
The concept of Push Ups is simple: to encourage you to perform a continuous set of push ups. The app acts as your personal trainer, building up your strength over time to the point where you able to do 50 push ups in a row.
This app is the definition of a trainer, by adjusting the workout based on the feedback you give it, allowing you to perform at your own pace.
Sit ups are a hard workout to perfect; everyone has tried them and they easily tire you out. However, the rewards can be magnificent if done right! Acting as your personal trainer, the app allows you to experience an easy routine that increases the number of sit ups you can do consecutively.
Price: Free Requires: Android 1.6 or above Google Play Link:Sit Ups Developer:Rittr Labs
Squats are an easy but highly active workout which exercises many different parts of the body. Squats, if done continuously, can improve your fitness and help you to perform better in sports. This application gives you a helpful routine allowing you to improve the amount of squats you can achieve. Again, the app acts as a personal trainer which will track progress and build on feedback.
Price: Free Requires: Android 1.6 or above Google Play Link:Squats Developer:Rittr Labs
Pull ups are a hard exercise to perfect; having strong upper body strength is the key to achieving continuous reps. They’re also a popular exercise, as they can be performed in most gyms or in the comfort of your own home, with equipment. The application allows you to improve your performance gradually, reaching your target fitness quickly and efficiently.
We all know that fruits can improve our health, but finding out the detail to why they help is often hard. Immunity Boosters lets you find out which kinds of fruits you need to increase the power of your immune system. With its helpful tips, you can easily help your immune system better defend you.
The app is well designed for its purpose and will easily allow you to find its information; however, it could be improved by adding recipes to implement these into dishes.
NPT BOOM is an application developed by Nike, allowing you to sync your music to workouts to help motivate you while you exercise. Nike works with some of the best coaches and athletes in the world, its easily apparent that this has been implemented. Encouraging you to exercise harder and more effectively.
Features I love are the ability to alert Facebook friends through the app, allowing them to see your progress and pass on encouragement. There is also a campaign called LIVESTRONG which aims to fight against cancer, helping to raise awareness and support.
The app claims that 40% of people haven’t had their eyes tested in the last two years. Through a series of different tests and questions it can instantly judge your eyesight, giving you a percentage indicating whether your eyesight is actually good.
The app is simple and carries out its key purpose brilliantly, accompanied with an easy to use layout and a variety of different tests. However, one negative I found was that the “questions” are the same every time – meaning that you will only be able to get an accurate score from it once.
To stop smoking is a difficult task. There are many different methods to complete the process, some of which are sadly ineffective. QuitNow is an application which gives you motivation to help you stop, providing helpful information with stats such as days without smoking, money saved, time saved and health improvement indicators.
Overall, this is a great app which will hopefully allow you to quit the habit. Information is the key to success, but there is also a community ability for this app which allows you to chat with other ex-smokers and receive support.
Price: Free Requires: Android 2.1 or above Google Play Link:QuitNow! Developer:Fewlaps
This application doesn’t make you do exercise or put you on an intense diet. This app is for people who want to lose weight naturally, without putting in too much effort. It does this by offering helpful tips to improve how you eat.
This makes it helpful addition for anyone that doesn’t have time to join a gym or that doesn’t want to make a huge change to their diet. These small but helpful tips are effective in doing the same job, just more slowly.
iTriage has been designed by doctors to improve the decisions you take concerning your health care. With easy navigation options this app allows you to find out what condition you have by looking at the symptoms, and suggest medications you should be taking and hotlines you may need to ring.
Guiding you through everything, as well as helping you go to the right places, this is one of the best health checkers I have ever found. That it’s free is the icing on the cake.
Yoga is a popular exercise all over the world which relaxes the body while providing a workout at the same time. Yoga Exercises gives you a huge amount of different strategies, with step by step guides. You can also add your own yoga exercises, and share them with your friends by Email and SMS. Yoga helps your body feel much better by using slow but effective stretches to increase fitness.
A pedometer is an easy way to record how far you walk in a day; Walkroid removes the need to buy a separate device for this, recording steps taken and distance travelled. It can also measure the distance between two different points, and has a simple interface which will allow you to start recording quickly.
Maintaining a low stress level is a key in stopping depression in later life. Stress Check will allow you find out your stress levels and control them, observing your progress as time goes on. It’s a handy app which may be helpful in achieving a positive mental attitude.
Adidas is involved in every big sport in the world; and their app, miCoach, turns your Android into a coach with features such as GPS and audible advice. This allows you to build a workout around your abilities, improving them as you progress.
Drinking plenty of water is definitely important in maintaining good health, Water Your Body reminds you to drink water every day and tracks your drinking habits. After setting up the application with your current weight the app will work out how much water you need to drink every day, helping you stay hydrated!
The app allows you to play a variety of different noises from nature, such as birds or the sea, calming you down and increasing concentration.
You may think this is stupid, listening to the sounds of nature. Honestly this is one of the most helpful applications on this list. I used to only sleep for six hours a night; this app has helped me increase this massively. I find it increases my productivity through the day and makes me more positive – so even when I’m just sitting at my desk I play this in the background.
Noom is a weight loss coach which creates plans specifically for you, by giving you daily tasks which allow you to gradually lose weight. The coach also has detailed tutorials on how to use each of the workouts.
It’s a basic app with three key features: tracking, recording and sharing. The execution, however, is fantastic!
Your Body Mass Index is a number based on your weight and height; you can use it to estimate what your ideal weight should be. After entering these values the app will be able to tell you if you are underweight or overweight, so you can get an idea of how to change your diet.
(However, the BMI system does have its problems. By not measuring body fat, you have the problem that if you are particularly muscular the app may say you’re overweight, since muscle is heavier than fat.) Price: Free Requires: Android 1.6 or above Google Play Link:BMI Calculator – Ideal Weight Developer:smayer.net
Secret of Happiness gives you a 30 day challenge which helps you to become generally happier. The main concept of the app is to make you focus on the positive things in your life, asking you questions when you wake up and go to sleep. It doesn’t take much time out of your day, and might just make you feel a bit better!
Another recipe app similar to “170,000+ Recipes” is Recipe Search, providing you with a mass amount of guides. In my opinion, this application’s interface is superior to the former, and far easier to navigate.
Workout Trainer allows you to be led by expert coaches through thousands of different workouts, helping you reach your goals quick and easy. The app has step-by-step audio guides and picture and videos to help you advance.
A feature which I particularly like is the ability to design your workout around one part of the body. For example if I wanted to work on a six pack I could make the app give me exercises to achieve that.
This app genuinely measures your heart rate! It’s far more accurate at doing this than its competitors, in my experience.
All you need to do is place your index finger over the camera lens on your device and wait a few seconds. This is great if you are involved in a dedicated exercise regime, as tracking what’s happening to your average heart rate can help you monitor your progress. A fantastic application!
Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit is an application which allows you to set meal plans, workouts and grocery lists. Controlling your intake of food and the amount of exercise you do. The whole process is based on a guy called Drew Manning, who went from fit to fat to fit again.
The app has a very simple design, so don’t expect a superb interface. However, the app does perform well and does what it sets out to do.
Weigh-In De Luxe is another application which tracks your BMI and helps you improve upon it. However, you also have the option to calculate BFI, which is a body fat index. One feature I love is the ability to track measurements on specific parts of the body, such as the hips or the thighs.
I have used this application many times now and it never lets me down; easy tracking systems allow me to always see my progress.
Only Paleo is an app which allows you to check if the foods you eat are similar to the Paleo diet – mimicking that of the hunter-gatherers and cave men. It’s described by some as an ideal diet for human health and well-being.
The application attempts to encourage you to eat more of this diet. It’s a well built app which is a joy to use and play with. Maybe this week you could adopt the Paleo diet? See how it feels!
SleepWidget is a widget for the app Sleep as Android, which allows you to track your sleeping patterns to a basic level. The widget will track your sleeping cycles and wake you up gently in the morning. It sits on your home screen showing you graphs of your sleep and your alarm times.
Helpful added features I found were reminders for going to bed, brushing teeth and eating dinner. This application might help you have better sleep for longer, making you more prepared for the day ahead!
This application is probably the most capable, based solely on its number of features. Containing many apps’ abilities and putting them all into one helpful package, it’s well worth the three dollar payment. Features include: diet plans, shopping lists, and a personal dietitian – but this is only a sample of what this application has to offer.
A feature which caught my eye were the diets available; there is a choice of six different plans, giving you a wide variety.
B.iCycle allows you to pick cycle routes and paths, and use GPS to view yourself travelling along them. You can also view your current speed, maximum speed, distance, altitude, and calories burned – important figures for setting targets and improving your fitness.
Coming with a friendly and clean interface which is superbly easy to use, this is a great app for any cyclist that replaces the average bike computer and improves on it.
Run. Bike. Route. allows you to calculate calories and elevation whether you’re running, walking or riding. The feature I use the most is the ability to set routes. I am a keen runner myself and always love to run around fields nearby. However, the problem is that when people ask me how far I’ve run, I never know. This application allows me to set my route from the onset, helping me to know my distances!
It’s a very helpful application, which can be utilised for a variety of different activities. From a first hand account this app is really amazing and well worth a look.
iFitness is a database of 300 exercises and over twenty different routines. Tracking all of your abilities and progress is wonderfully easy. The app provides helpful pictures and video instructions so that you know you are performing the exercise right. It’s been available on iOS for a while now, and if you have used that version before you can quickly import your data across.
Do you want a whole gym in the palm of your hand? Gym Exercise Guide could be the answer! First of all this app is very similar to iFitness, providing a variety of different exercises for different parts of the body. The app allows you to save your favourite exercises too, for the ability to quickly look up exercises.
Gymrat is the most efficient gym helper I have found on the Play Store. The number of features it offers at only $1.99 is brilliant! I particularly like the ability to record workouts and the utilities such as a stopwatch and a countdown timer.
Garmin, the well known GPS brand, brings Garmin Fit to Android, turning your phone into an exercise helper like no other. The main unique feature is that with ANT+ enabled you can see data from Garmin sensors to monitor key statistics.
There are also extra basic statistics shown, such as distance, route, and calories burnt. One thing that particularly impressed me was the obvious effort that had been put into creating the interface, which is highly advanced with a technological feel and stylish buttons.
Price: $0.99 Requires: Android 2.1 or above Google Play Link:Garmin Fit™ Developer:Garmin
MyNetDiary is an easy way to record and plan out your diets. It allows you to access a database of over 416,000 different foods, and offers calorie counters, a mass database, and 500+ exercises. The calorie counter in particular is a brilliant feature: it allows you to scan everything you eat and will then show all of the details for the foods, create a list of your day’s intake.
The range of features is colossal and the interface is clean. I would happily pay $10 for this application so $4 dollars seems like a steal. An all round brilliant app!
Sleep Stats is another add-on for Sleep as Android. This application allows you to view advanced graphs and stats for your sleeping records, with the choice to view graphs from different time frames, all the way back through the past year. It’s a clever app that summarises all of your data into easily-readable charts.
WW Points is very similar to MyNetDiary, although without quite as many features. However, if you are looking for a dedicated food database and barcode scanner then this is the app for you. The app also has the ability to look up restaurants which are nearby, turning the app into a tool to help with all your meals. Its Meal Builder is another great feature, allowing you to record everything you eat in a database.
Every runner loves to make running playlists, but a big problem is that the tempo is normally messed up. Run Tempo is an interesting application which lets you change this so that your songs play at the same speed, keeping you at the same pace for the whole run.
This app is built for one sole purpose and it does that very well. No other features are needed. You make your playlist and you are done, ready to perform any kind of exercise at a regular rate!
Price: $2.00 Requires: Android 2.1 or above Google Play Link:RunTempo Developer:Rabulous
Have you ever eaten a certain type of food and felt as if you may be allergic? Food Diary allows you to record information about everything you eat, as well as symptoms which may occur. As your diary is continually built up you can see what causes certain reactions, noting which foods to avoid.
The best feature of this application is its ability to export your data in CSV or XLS format. This means you can take your findings to a doctor so they can take a look too, perhaps finding something you may have missed. A good app which tries to solve a big problem experienced by many people.
Total 90 is a 90 day course which will efficiently allow you to improve your fitness and health. The app tracks your food and water intake every day, giving you set workouts to improve fitness and keep a journal of changes. A good idea is to attach photographs so you have a visual representation of your development.
Total 90 isn’t the most aesthetically appealing of applications, however, its role is to encourage extreme fitness – not to look good. This is the only negative I can find with this app!
Price: $2.99 Requires: Android 1.6 or above Google Play Link:Total90 Developer:Ryan Novak
Relax with Andrew Johnson will help you to calm down and cool off after busy days. The app takes you into a state of deep relaxation using a variety of different methods. I love that you can differentiate between different levels of relaxation.
If you’re looking for a basic, free application for the gym, Workout Journal is a good option. Though it may not be the most visually appealing app, it easily achieves its key purpose. The app allows you to enter the strength and name of the equipment you are using, then creates a workout based around this piece of equipment.