Like we’ve said before, with all the amazing apps that are being created for our phones, buying a fitness tracker is pretty much unnecessary for the average fitness goals. However, for meaningful gains, you gotta track what you eat and how you’re working out and see if you’re making any progress. Below we’ve gathered the best fitness apps that can help you with both.
For Weight Loss: MyFitnessPal
MyFitnessPal is considered miraculous by some people, and its fan base is the reason why it has been the number one fitness app on the App Store for four consecutive years. This accomplishment doesn’t come easily, and for an app to maintain its importance in the fitness community for so many years, it has to make an impact on people, and that is exactly what MyFitnessPal does: it changes people’s lives.
This app counts calories, the ones that you consume, and the ones that you burn. What makes MyFitnessPal so special is how the fitness community has shaped it into the largest food database on any App Store, with the nutritional information for over 5,000,000 different foods. Since almost every food is available on the app, you only have to search what you eat by either typing the name, or scanning the bar code on the container. After you add what you eat, the app counts every food’s calories and shows them on a journal, that way you can know how many calories you can consume for the rest of the day.
Exercise is also an section on MyFitnessPal, and with thousands of exercises on its database, you only have to choose which one you did, for how long, and the app will subtract the calories that you burned from your calorie count.
If used correctly, MyFitnessPal has the potential to change anyone’s life. If you want to lose, gain, or maintain your weight, this app will be the perfect companion for your daily life.
MyFitnessPal for iPhone
MyFitnessPal for Android
For Gym Enthusiasts: Strong
Strong is a simple app that will make your training sessions at the gym much easier. It works for weightlifting, bodybuilding, cardio, and strength routines. The app makes tracking and recording your workouts, calculating weights, counting sets, and analyzing your history records an easy task.
When you go to the gym you want to train without having to worry about numbers, you don’t want to get bored by analyzing every little detail while working out, you just want listen to your favorite playlist, and do your routine without thinking too much. This app makes it possible, it reminds you how many sets have been completed, and how many are left. Seeing graphs showing your progress over time will also make you understand in a better way what works for you and what doesn’t. That’s the smart way to train.
Most apps specialize on one type of exercise, Strong does them all. If you want a trainer on your phone, this is the app for you.
Unfortunately Strong is only available on the iPhone, but we have added a similar option for android users.
Strong for iPhone
StrongLifts 5×5 for Android
For Runners: Nike+ Running
If you are starting to run, or have been running without tracking your sessions, Nike+ Running might a great app to consider using. It is the easiest way to track your runs, record them, share your progress and stay motivated.
Nike+ Running has been for years one of the best apps for runners, if not the best. It uses your phone’s GPS to count with precision how many miles you have run; it also lets you know when you have reached certain distance, which can be extremely useful since operating your phone while running might be uncomfortable.
This apps also lets you share your runs on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The app will upload a picture of a map with that path that you run, with the distance, and the time that it took you to complete the run.
Running+ Running for iPhone
Running+ Running for Android
For a Better Diet: Fooducate
Last but not least on this list is Fooducate, which is an extremely useful tool for healthier eating. This app doesn’t just show you calories (we all know that food is much more complicated than that), as its name suggests, it allows you to know exactly what you put in your body.
Foodducate not only shows the nutritional values for almost any existing food, it gives them ratings based on how healthy they are for us. Fooducate tells us what food companies don’t want us to know, like which chemicals are used on the food we buy at the grocery store, which hidden ingredients are being used, which ones have controversial food coloring or high fructose corn syrup, and much more.
This app is excellent for people who want to live a healthier life, and specially for those who want to lose some weight. Fooducate might become a dieters’ best friend.
Fooducate for iPhone
Fooducate for Android