6 Fitness apps for your smartphone that actually work!


Fitness apps on smartphones can be clubbed into two categories. The first includes apps which require users to buy separate wearables from Fitbit or Xiaomi. Then there are standalone apps which work directly on the smartphone. These fitness apps can help users find healthy recipes, track their weight loss progress, avail customized weight management solutions through mobile app and dedicated nutritionists, and help them achieve their fitness goals in a healthy manner.

 

 

 

According to a recent study by Journal of Medical Internet Research, participants who used fitness apps were much more active compared to nonusers and—get this—even had a lower body mass index.

The study’s authors believe apps help people overcome barriers like a lack of understanding or organization, which leads to better exercise habits. Over time, these improved habits can mean big changes.

 

Here are some health and fitness apps which you can use to lose weight and stay fit.

1. HealthifyMe

 
Cost: Free + Premium
 
Compatibility: Android, iOS
 
 

 

Awarded among the Best Apps on Google Play for 2 years in a row, HealthifyMe gives you access to India’s Largest Calorie Counter with a large database of over 100,000 Indian foods to help you track your meals along with your nutrition intake on a daily basis. The app also equips you with your very own fitness, nutrition and yoga coaches who will give you a personalized workout and diet plan to suit your fitness needs. Whether your goal is weight loss, weight gain or to stay fit, HealthifyMe is your complete fitness app. It is developed by mobile health and fitness company HealthifyMe.
 
On the HealthifyMe app, users can set individual weight goals based on their height, age, and gender. Specially adapted to Indian cuisines and measurements, common restaurant dishes, and packaged foods, and with a database of over 25,000 Indian food items, the app allows users to track their daily food and calories, and provides a detailed nutritional breakdown of their meals along with personalized recommendations and feedback through their Premium services.
 
iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/healthifyme-weight-loss-coach/id943712366?mt=8
 
Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.healthifyme.basic&hl=en
 
To avail HealthifyMe subscription plans, click here.
 
2. TheWeightMonitor 
 
Cost: Free + Premium
 
Compatibility: Android, iOS

TheWeightMonitor app is designed to provide users services of a Personal Nutritionist and highly tailored weight loss solutions. It is developed by Delhi based online portal TheWeightMonitor.com and published by IDK Heathcare. Free users can maintain a food diary and can connect it with a Fitbit tracker, if they are already using one, so they can integrate details such as steps walked, calories burned and exercises in it. Premium users get more benefits such as unlimited online support, customized diet plans and real time access to a personal nutritionist. The basic plan which lasts 3 months cost Rs 4,750.

During the entire duration of the program, the customer engages with their Personal Nutritionist on a daily basis via effective mechanisms, including Phone calls, Skype Meetings, In-App Chats, Daily Food Diary & Score Reviews by the Personal Nutritionist, Weekly Weigh-ins (Weight check-ins), and Medical Report Analysis, among others.
 
Theweightmonitor app simplifies the process of sustainable weight management and breaks it down to a scoring mechanism easily understood by the general audience. It moves away from the traditionally accepted ‘one size fits all’ calorie counter.
 
 
 
3. Aaptiv: #1 Audio Fitness App
 
Cost: Free + Premium
 
Compatibility: Android, iOS
 
This is an audio based fitness app which offers workout programs for users who don’t want to go to a gym or hire a personal trainer. So if you have treadmill at home, it can guide you like a real trainer. It also offers programs for users interested in ab workouts, elliptical training, outdoor running and yoga. There are special programs for pregnant women as well. 
 
The length of the programs depend the type of exercise you are interested in. Classes for beginners are 7 minutes long while the more complex ones take up to an hour. Premium users can download and listen to them in offline mode. The app provides free access to all features for 7 days, after which users have to pay Rs 650 per month to enjoy the full benefits.
 
iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aaptiv-1-audio-fitness-app/id869058995?mt=8
 
Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aaptiv.android&hl=en
 
 
4. RunTasty-Healthy Recipe Book
 
Cost: Free 
 
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Popular fitness app Runtastic is enabling users discover a huge variety of free healthy recipes and kitchen hacks approved by professional dietitians. The app offers over 40 different recipes divided into categories such as fish & seafood, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegan, and gluten-free. Users can read up the recipes in the traditional text format or they can watch the step by step video version of the same. Users can rate a recipe if they liked it and also save it in their favourite recipes list so they won’t have to look for it again. 
 
Inside Runtasty app are several tools that will help you like easy-to-prepare recipes in 23 categories, video instructions, how-to videos, and nutritional facts that you really need to know.
 
iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/runtasty-healthy-recipes/id1183746476?mt=8
 
Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.runtastic.android.runtasty.lite&hl=en
 
5. Breethe- Guided Meditation and Mindfulness
 
Cost: Free 
 
Compatibility: Android, iOS
 
Breethe can help users relax, sleep better and combat anxiety and tiredness through simple meditation based exercises. It offers over 100 different types of exercises. For example, Morning meditation offers refreshing musical track with simple breathing exercise. For professionals with hectic lifestyle, there are two minute meditations which are done with eyes open. It is free and doesn’t require a paid subscription. It is published by OMG I can mediate.
 
This meditation app includes hundreds of daily meditations, and a wide variety of other guided meditations to help you deal with specific issues such as weight loss, insomnia, anxiety, work performance, trouble sleeping, etc. It even has a mindfulness program for kids.
 
 iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/omg.-i-can-meditate!-meditation/id920161006?ls=1&mt=8

 

Android App:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Meditation.app&utm_source=Landing&pcampaignid=MKT-Other-global-all-co-prtnr-py-PartBadge-Mar2515-1


6. Hot5
 
Cost: Free + Premium
 
Compatibility: iOS
 
Fitness App Hot5 is a most popular fitness app which provides a subscription model enabling customers to pay monthly and receive access to a wide range of short fitness videos they can use from the app. From abs and core to yoga and flexibility and everything in between, Hot5 contains pages and pages of 5-minute video workouts that are super easy to follow. In 2015, it has been acquired by Weight loss company Weight Watchers. 
 
Hot5 combines various fitness methods with professionals who will motivate, inspire and lead you through a variety of exercises from beginner to expert, Yoga to Cardio. There’s a workout for everyone. You can do 5 minutes at the end of a jog to work your core, 25 minutes of yoga flow in your hotel room, or 45 minutes of full body workouts and feel the burn!
 
The interface is also beautifully designed and user friendly. Moreover, this app can be used as an add-on to your fitness routine or as your entire workout.

 

iOS app:https://itunes.apple.com/app/id611775542?mt=8&referrer=click%3Dccbd0861-37c2-4c2a-a3bb-87667cb0b612

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