Top 5 Apps For Health and Fitness

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  • 21 Aug 2012
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  • We mostly have our smartphone with us all the time. Why shouldn’t we use it to maintain our health by exercising or getting useful information about possible problems and treatment. There are plenty of apps on the Store to take advantage of if you decide to stay in shape. Let’s take a look at some of the best.

    WebMD

    WebMD. Possible health issues and treatment are a first step before deciding to push forward with exercises. The popular WebMD app available on most mobile platforms can help you discover the source for your problems and find possible a treatment. WebMD does not replace the need for a real doctor but it can be considered the best thing to have on your smartphone. Give it a try. It’s offered for free.

    Runtastic

    Runtastic. This uses GPS to map your fitness activities (running, biking, walking) and track your progress (distance, speed, calories, and more). Runtastic is was able to display your route on the map and at the beginning of each it will give you a countdown so you can prepare for anything that you may need before you start. Workouts are displayed in 3D, including mountains, monuments and buildings (Google Earth required) and you get your personal workout diary and metrics. Some of the other features include: performance analysis with lap times, goals for time and distance, accurate calculation of elevation gain and loss, social networks integration. Available are both a free version and Pro version you can buy.

    Endomondo_Sports_Tracker

    Endomondo Sports Tracker is another GPS-assisted smartphone app designed to track your running, cycling, or hiking workouts. You can actually use it for any type of outdoor workout as it has all the useful options. Compared to some other running apps it manages to offer a very intuitive and you can customize what is shown in which area of the screen (duration, distance, speed, and average speed). You can also customize audio feedback, including setting voice alerts for time and distance, lap time, and goal. Both a free version is available on the Play Store and you can purchase the Pro version for more features.

    Sports_Tracker

    Sports Tracker is one of the popular training apps for the Nokia platform, now available for Android. Like the other similar apps, Sports Tracker uses the GPS signal to determine distance and speed traveled while doing activities like cycling, running, swimming or rowing. One of the special features it offers is the ability to measure your heart rate, allowing you to journal your progress across a number of days, further supported by the optional Bluetooth heart rate belt that’s on sale from their website. The UI looks great and is very intuitive. You can share your workouts online through the Sports Tracker community, or on Facebook if you decide to link it. Download the app for free from the Play Store.

    Jefit

    Jefit helps you select any target muscle you want to work out and gives you a particular exercise along with suggested reps and sets under an interval timer. The app offers a simple interfaces for inputting a workout routine or designing one from scratch. Once you choose a body part from the diagram, list of all exercises in the database which list that body part or muscle group is displayed for you to choose. Details for an exercise, including animations and details on how to perform it will help you along the way. You can track and view your current stats and also see a graph of all your data points for that particular stat. The app acts as a personal trainer, tracking your reps and sets, telling you which exercises to do, timing your rest periods, and pushing you to beat your personal best on each exercise. Jetfit can be downloaded for free or purchased from the Play Store.

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