Apps for Fitness

Sarah Woods
June 12, 2012
Filed under Health & Wellness

Need some help keeping track of workouts, losing weight, or just maintaining general health?  There’s an app for that.

In the iPhone App Store, the top five apps in the health and fitness category are:

  • Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker from MyFitnessPal.com,
  • MapMyRun from MapMyFitness,
  • iTriage from Healthagen LLC,
  • Weight Watchers Mobile from Weight Watchers International, Inc., and
  • Lose It! from FitNow.  

In Google Play, the top five health and fitness apps are:

  • Recipe Search from AllTheCooks.com,
  • Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker from MyFitnessPal.com,
  • MotoActv from Motorola Mobility, Inc.,
  • OvuView Period Tracker from SleekBit, and
  • Period Tracker from GP International LLC.

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker from MyFitnessPal.com is much more than just a calorie counter app, and is well-deserving of the first place position on the App Store List as well as a place in the top five Google Play apps.  One of the most popular features of the app is the ability to scan food labels to enter their nutritional data into the food log.  In addition to simply serving as a calorie log, this app can calculate the amount of calories needed each day in order to lose, maintain, or gain weight.  Calorie Counter also determines how much of each nutritional category is needed each day, and how much each food logged contributes to those nutrition recommendations.  Exercise can also be logged into the app, which adjusts the caloric intake for the day.   All of the data logged in the app can also be synched with the website MyFitnessPal.com, where users can participate in forums pertaining to fitness.

MapMyRun and its corresponding website, MapMyRun.com, allows users to utilize the GPS in their Smartphone to map and save running routes as well as follow routes that other users have tracked.  The app also has features that track duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, and calories burned.  MapMyRun is a fantastic choice for runners who are getting bored with their current routes or new runners who don’t know where they want to run.

iTriage is an app created by two ER doctors to help the general public gain a better understanding about what symptoms may indicate, locations of the closest medical facilities, and directions to those facilities.  The app even stores personal health records.  iTriage can be a life saving tool in certain situations such as food poisoning, car accidents, and other health emergencies.  It can also be helpful in non-life threatening situations like bee stings or poison ivy rashes.

Weight Watchers Mobile is the official app for Weight Watchers Members to track their points and use other members-only features.  The Weight Watchers mobile app is one of the easiest ways to track Weight Watchers points during the day.

Lose It! is primarily an app designed for weight loss.  According to the website loseit.com, Lose It! users lose 12.3 pounds with the app.  Like Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker, Lose It! provides users with a place to track calories, nutrients, and exercise.  The Lose It! app also includes an option to scan the barcode on foods to enter them into the food diary.  Lose It! boasts a user community where members can find support for weight loss.

Recipe Search, the number one health and fitness app in the Google Play store, gives users access to over 40,000 recipes and online forums.  Recipes can be bookmarked, sent to friends via email and Facebook, and added to shopping lists from within the app.

MotoActv is a fitness app designed to track workouts while paired with a MotoActv device.  MotoActive is designed to work with the Android operating system to track workouts and also has a GPS features to track running or cycling routes.  Unlike many other fitness apps available, MotoActv does not neglect golfing athletes because it includes a golf tracker.  MotoActive sets itself apart from the crowd by integrating itself with MotoActv devices.

OvuView and Period Tracker are the final two apps in the top five Google Play store health and fitness section.  Both apps serve an obvious purpose by tracking menstrual cycles.  Both apps track symptoms and estimate fertility during the cycle.  The main difference between these two apps is the user interface.  OvuView has been said by some users to have a “mature appearance,” while Period Tracker seems to appeal more to younger women in high school and college.

These apps can help with weight loss, emergencies, cooking, workouts, running routes, and thousands of other elements of fitness.  Try one that will best suit your fitness and health goals.

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