Thanks to the increase in wearable devices and improvements in the sensors built into our smartphones, fitness apps have never been so popular. They allow us to log various statistics, from the distance of a morning jog to the time spent lifting weights in the evening. Here are the best apps for tracking your health and fitness on Android and Android Wear.
If you're in the market for an app to help you record and make sense of all this data, there are plenty to choose from on Google Play. Several stand out though – in terms of presentation, comprehensiveness and features – so we've listed our current favorites below.
This is a brilliant app for those who are just getting started with fitness, and might be intimidated by the scope of other apps or routines. The 7 Minute Workout app is exactly as it sounds – it shows you the steps to complete a 7-minute workout routine that can aid weight loss and strengthen muscles.
7 Minute Workout doesn't have many tracking or social features, its focus is on delivering a simple set of exercises and ensuring you know how to perform them. The major strength of this app is its ability to provide a non-threatening entry point to a more healthy lifestyle.
Google's own health and fitness app is pretty sparse in the features department, but it is tightly integrated with Android and Android Wear, so it's a convenient option at least. A web interface is also available at https://fit.google.com.
Weight, heart rate, steps and activity time can all be logged automatically, and if you have the time to tell Google exactly what you're up to, you can choose from a long list of activities, from snowboarding to horse riding. You can set simple daily goals as well and get an alert when you've reached them.
RunKeeper has a good reputation, not just for the number of features in its own app but also the number of third-party services it plugs into (it works with both Google Fit and Apple Health). If you're a keen runner, there aren't many better options than this one.
You can plot your runs on a map, monitor distance covered and calories burned, set personal goals, integrate your indoor activities and more. Despite the app's name it can handle bike rides and gym workouts as well as running, so it's a comprehensive monitoring app.
Another well-known app with a strong reputation, Strava comes with a host of handy features, both in the core of the app and via separate add-ons. By tracking your running and bike riding via GPS, Strava can help you beat your own personal bests and challenge your friends as well.
Strava lets you track distance, pace, speed, elevation and other statistics as you go, and thanks to the data that's been collected from all of Strava's users, you can check out some of the routes that are popular with other people – even if you're a long way from home.
If comprehensive running and cycling statistics are what you're after then Runtastic has you covered: once you get back home you can see where you've been on a map, as well as analyze statistics for distance, elevation, speed heart rate and more. You can even view your activities in 3D.
Other features include a personalized workout diary and an automated voice coach to encourage you around your route. Treadmill, spinning and weightlifting activities can all be added manually to give you a more comprehensive picture of your overall fitness.
6. Map My Fitness Workout Trainer – best for multiple activities
Map My Fitness develops a whole host of different apps devoted to different types of activities, but this is the one to go for if you want to get an overall picture of your health. My Map Fitness Workout Trainer lets you pull data from your running, cycling, walking and other types of workout.
One area where the app excels is pulling together all of your statistics across a particular day, week, month or year for you to analyze. With more than 600 types of workout activity to choose from, you can keep a close eye on your progress and monitor how it changes over time.
Endomondo Running Cycling Walk is one of the best looking fitness apps out there. Like a lot of the other apps here, it enables you to pull together data from a wide range of activities, and you can set customized goals, routes and intervals based on your own program. There's also a prominent social element for sharing achievements with friends.
With separate sections covering training plans, challenges and commitments, there are many different ways to set targets and work towards them, and if you're stuck for inspiration you can download plans created by others. With everything from calendars to maps, it's a feature-packed app.