The best activity tracker apps for iPhone that help you count steps, track calories, and get in shape. No accessories required!
Activity tracker apps for iPhone are a great way to help us get in shape and stay that way. For people who don't want to buy expensive accessories and monitors, there are lots of App Store apps available that simply use the GPS in your iPhone to monitor and track steps, calories burned, and more. These are currently my favorite standalone activity tracker apps for iPhone...
Moves can track your steps, calories, distance, and lots of other things with very little information from you. All you have to do in order to use Moves is launch it and give is access to your location and if you're an iPhone 5s owner, the M7 co-processor. Moves will then track all your steps by default and is even smart enough to create a virtual map of your day. It can pull locations in from Foursquare so you can name locations you're at which Moves will then use in the future when you're at those locations.
If you want a general purpose tracker that knows exactly what you're doing whenever you have your iPhone on you, Moves is a perfect option.
RunKeeper is mainly for tracking workouts, not general steps and distance. Workouts can be anything from walking to running to cycling to even mountain climbing. It's a perfect app for runners that are training for marathons since it can track your pace. The paid Broadcast feature even lets others view live maps of your workouts as they happen. RunKeeper also ties in with many other sensors, accessories, and apps.
If you don't much care about general purpose tracking and strictly want to log workouts and training sessions, RunKeeper is what you want
Argus is a combination of both a daily step counter and a workout monitor. Not only can you log workouts, but Argus logs your daily steps and lets you set goals for yourself. You can also configure the icon badge to show your current number of steps. If you have an iPhone 5s, Argus supports the M7 processor so very little battery life is used, much like Moves. There's also a sleep tracker built right in so you can monitor your sleep cycles, no wristband or accessory needed.
If you want versatility combined with general purpose activity monitoring, get Argus.
Pedometer++ is one of the most basic step counters you'll find available in the App Store and is built around the M7 motion co-processor of the iPhone 5s. That means this one is for 5s users only. There are no frills or add-ons. It's literally a pedometer and no more. You get an overview of how many steps you've taken in the past seven days, a look at your progress for today, and a list view of past days. Like Argus, you can also set the badge icon to show your current step count.
If you have an iPhone 5s and want a simple, no frills step counter, Pedometer++ is your best bet.
Runtastic PRO is very similar to RunKeeper but has some key differences that make it a little different. Custom workout mixes are available with Runtastic PRO that are specifically designed to keep your motivation up. The voice coach also motivates you at each mile or km you manage to tackle. As for measurements, Runtastic PRO measures elevation, pace, speed, heart rate, and other metrics. There's also a unique story mode that lets you listen to motivational stories as you run for an additional in-app purchase.
If you need some help getting and staying motivated during your workouts, check out Runtastic PRO.
Endomondo Pro is similar to RunKeeper in some aspects since it also lets you create your own runs on a map. From there, Endomondo decides to take more of a social approach in order to motivate you. There are also sponsored challenges available by many companies and partners. Aside from tracking workouts, Endomondo also doubles as a standard pedometer for times when GPS service may not be that great.
If you're looking for a workout and run tracker combined with a general purpose pedometer, make sure you take a look at Endomondo Pro.
There is a huge amount of activity tracking apps out there, many of which may be hidden gems. If you've found one or use something different than what we consider the best, be sure to let us know in the comments!