Want to lose those extra kgs or simply stay fit? Your smartphone can bring a reliable fitness trainer right to you. Android users will find heaps of apps on the Google Play store to help them eat smarter, get leaner and stronger and also connect with near and dear ones for motivation. Here’s a list of apps which will together work as a complete fitness guide as you plan to start a healthy lifestyle.
MyFitnessPal - Keep a tab on those calories
As you begin your fitness regime, keeping a tab on food consumed is of vital importance. MyFitnessPal not only jots every calorie you gulp down but also serves as a personal diary that calculates your food and water intake as well as tracks workout schedules. It has a large food database with more than 2 lakh foods, and you will find most Indian foods too. It sets your calorie intake depending upon the weight loss goal you’ve set and also considers factors like age, sex, height and so on. The app remembers foods that you frequently eat, lets you add multiple entries and syncs mobile entries with the web (allows accessing the data from web too). It lets you connect with other friends to track and support each other's progress. Users can create custom foods and the app will display a report tracking calories, fat, protein, carbs, sugar, fiber, cholesterol, and more. The app shows you daily, weekly and monthly progress. It does have some exercising features, but we think it is apt as a Calorie Counter. Android users can download it for free.
A perfect fitness companion
Indian Food calories - Traditional calorie counter
In case the calorie counter has missed certain traditional Indian food items, you can choose to manually enter the calories using this app. The free app has a long list of Indian foods from Thalipeeth to thepla, and displays the calories you consume by eating them. Though the UI looks gaudy in green, the app is extremely simple and convenient to use. It gives the list of Indian foods in alphabetical order. The app has almost all common Indian foods.
Nike+ Running - On the trail or treadmill
While your food intake is taken care of using the above apps, at least half an hour of daily exercise could be really helpful. Jogging or running is an easy and hassle-free way to sweat it out. Whether you plan to hit the roads or run on a treadmill, Nike+ Running proves to be quite handy. The app tracks your runs using your phone’s GPS and accelerometer; you don't need any additional products. It lets you listen to your favourite music and offers in-run audio feedback of metrics per mile so that you stay focused. The app comes with a social aspect too, that lets you keep your Facebook friends in the loop about your fitness regime. The app is capable of displaying the route of your run on a map, which can be conveniently shared with other friends. The app can be downloaded for free.
Endomondo - Apt for outdoor activities
Endomondo is a great app if you indulge in a lot of outdoor activities, be it cycling, skiing or other distance-based workouts. You can track your outdoor sport and related factors like distance, speed, duration and calories. Check out your route on maps, view your history of workouts, set distance goals, sync your workouts with other platforms (web entry, certain watches, file import - signup required) and keep a log of your favourite music. The app enables users to post workouts to Facebook Timeline, view your friends' latest workouts in real-time, race against a friend’s time and more. It comes with features which will pause the app as soon as you stop moving, and the built-in audio coach will help you perform better. You can later view and analyse all this data from the web via the Endomondo website. Though the free version of the app will suffice, you can also opt for the premium version for further benefits.
Daily Yoga - Physical and mental fitness
If you aren't an outdoor person and love yoga and spirituality, then Daily Yoga is an extremely helpful free coaching app. It provides dynamic yoga sessions with different durations and difficulty levels. Moreover, it offers Live voice instructions, HD videos, and background music. The content is from professionals with 10 years of teaching experience. It covers Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Pilates. You can take advantage of the library that has over 40 yoga sessions, more than 300 poses, 6 free background music tracks, three different workout intensities (Casual/Moderate/Intense) and choose the duration of exercise of your choice.
A trained yoga teacher
Nutrition Tip - Handy tips on the go
One of the most important aspects about being fit, is being well-informed. Small health and fitness tips can help make a big difference. Nutrition Tip serves as a personal nutrition guide and heath teacher so that you learn how to benefit from daily food habits and avoid rookie eating mistakes. The app has really interesting and useful nutrition tips about calories, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, fat and fatty acids, and more. It displays nutritional tips daily and you can choose to mark the ones you like as “Favourites”. You can go to the “Favourites” page to read all the tips any time. You can also share them via social sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Android users can download the app for free from the Google Play store.
Daily Abs workout - Tummy tuck
If you are struggling to lose weight from specific problem areas then you will find several apps crafted that serve your purpose. Those looking for perfect abs, can check out the Daily Abs workout app. It shows 5 to 10 minute daily ab routine for men as well as women that takes you through ten of the best ab-sculpting exercises. These exercises are demonstrated by a certified personal trainer, and targets all major abdominal muscles. The interface is simple with video and timer, that allows you to easily follow along and understand each exercise. In the “Daily” series, you can also find apps specifically crafted to help tone your arm, leg and butt. All these apps are available for free.
Shed that extra kilo
Besides, those who plan to start weight training can check out Workout Trainer. Another good option is LoseIt. These are really simple and basic apps to get even a novice started.
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Published Date: May 10, 2013 09:53 am | Updated Date: May 10, 2013 09:53 am