‘Thin is surely in,’ and it's not just devices that have been striving to strike a slim pose. There are some of us who’ve been struggling to cut off those extra kilos, while also those who prefer to stay fit, and certainly take some lessons from their phone. Yes, just like about everything else (almost), there is an app for shedding weight and staying fit, be it in the form of keeping a tab on what you eat, how much you exercise and even how much you would need to exercise. We’ve picked 10 fitness apps for smartphones that could keep you hooked and motivated in your weight losing goal.
Endomondo – Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone
Irrespective of the operating system running on your handset, be it Android, BlackBerry, iOS or Windows Phone, this app can securely fit into your smartphone, as a workout companion. It tracks all the outdoor activity, be it duration, distance, speed and even calories. For every mile, the app gives an audio feedback. Peptalks from friends could keep you motivated, while you can also race against a friend’s time, as the audio coach guides you to do better. It helps setting targets as well as achieving them. While Android, iPhone and Windows Phone users can customize the screens to show only what is desired, BlackBerry users can invite and share workouts on BBM.
Fitness through yoga
Cardio Trainer – Android
Cardio Trainer could be a reliable companion in your weight loss and fitness activity. It tracks all your indoor and outdoor activities and comes integrated with voice output and music player. You can set workout schedule reminders and take advantage of free weight loss trainer and calorific diet add-ons. This mobile health partner also offers a heart rate monitor to view and record heartrate. Those looking to go beyond the free version and ready to shell out some moolah, can go ahead and pick the Cardio Trainer Pro with interval training, weight loss trainer, racing, and more.
Pocket Yoga – Android, iOS
Those who prefer the serene yogic way towards staying fit can look forward to this handy yoga app. It makes it simpler to carry your Yoga instructer through your phone and so it is rightly named – Pocket Yoga. The Pocket Yoga by Rainfrog lets one choose from three different practices, three difficulty levels and 3 durations, which eventually offer a rejuvenating workout time. It provides detailed visual and voice instruction guides, dictionary of poses, more than 145 illustrated pose images for correct posture and positioning. The user can also play music from their music library, instead of the default music. iPhone users can take advantage of AirPlay and TV out support, too.
Runkeeper - Android, iOS , Windows
This fitness comes with an intuitive and simple interface. The app keeps a complete tab on your running regime - how far you went?, how long it took and the pace/speed. It calculates how many calories you lost during the fitness activity. The app also shows the path you traversed on a map. Besides tracking activity, the app stores them on the RunKeeper website for later analysis. With social network integration, the app lets you post the activity and your progress on Facebook and Twitter.
adidas miCoach – Android, BlackBerry, iOS
Do you need that push while workouts and a coach to keep you on your toes all the time? The adidas miCoach app ensures that your phone transforms into a coach with GPS and real time audible guidance. Choose a training program customized for your sport and the app tracks the workout and show the progress. The details can also be synced with the miCoach website. The free app lets you measure distance, pace, calories burned and the elapsed time and accommodates both modes - indoor and outdoor. Shoe Usage can be tracked with wear alerts and it also equips motivational and customized audible alerts.
Instant Heart Rate Pro - Android, iOS
This app has its Lite and paid versions on both Android and iOS platforms. It needs one to place their index finger on the phone’s camera and the heart rate is displayed in a couple of seconds. A real time chart displays every heart beat. Besides the heart rate measurements, it shows real time PPG graph and helps with cardio workout monitoring with efficiency. This app can be used for optimizing your exercises and tracking progress without the need for any other external hardware. It claims to be tested by medical professionals as well. For iPhone users, it touts to work best with iPhone 4 and 4S, owing to the better camera functionality.
Heart Rate Count
Total Fitness – BlackBerry
This BlackBerry app ensures you stick to the fitness regime by managing your daily nutrition, exercise and health. It tracks daily nutrition, by keeping a tab on calories, protein, carbohydrate, fat, fiber, sugar, cholesterol, and saturated fat. Offers a weekly and monthly graphical representation of the intake and provides exercise animations and instructions. It has workout goals for various routines and lets you keep a tab on workout information, like distance, duration and so on. Tracking healthy data for each day like body mass, fat, blood pressure and pulse has been included as well.
Tap & Track - Calorie Counter - iOS
As the name suggests, the calorie counter is capable of offering a gigantic food database with over 500,000 foods. Moreover, the food database is offline. It includes various food brands, restaurants, full screen graphs, tracks exercises, BMI calculator, weight tracking and free sync with backup and restore ability. It can track burned calories, daily weight, set diet plan, pick and edit predefined exercise list and comes with passcode lock. However, it is a premium app and one needs to pay for it.
How to lose it!
Lose It – Android, iOS
As the name suggests, the app aims at losing those extra kilos quickly and efficiently. The simple and fun to use app comes with an attractive and streamlined interface. With a comprehensive database of foods and activities, it lets one setup recipes for complicated foods, quickly add exercises and foods, and works with or without connection. Users can log in their food and exercise regime on LoseIt’s website and the app also automatically takes a backup. Adding friends for extra support, export data to excel sheet and sharing progress on social sites is possible. The app keeps you motivated by offering badges on each success.
Calorie Counter Pro my Netdiary - Android, BlackBerry, iOS
MyNetDiary is one of the good options to consider while you start your weight loss expedition. It has it all, food tracking, planning weight loss, tracking exercises and so on. It equips tools to track your water and food intake everyday. This barcode scanner enabled app has a vast food database allowing you to search for food and also enter your own food items. On the exercising front, more than 500 activities have been made available on the fingertips, calculating from the distance and duration covered to keep a tab on calories burnt. Weight loss progress charts, tab on body measurements, and ability to share data with dietician, family and more is offered by the app.
Staying fit or losing weight eventually depends upon an individual’s determination and will, but these handy apps could sure help accelerate the process and motivate. Have you been using any of these or other apps?
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Published Date: Feb 17, 2012 01:31 pm | Updated Date: Feb 17, 2012 01:31 pm