The Best Workout / Exercise Apps of the Year
A Pocketful of Health
A Pocketful of Health
Whether you are looking to find inspiration for your workout routine or track the food you eat, there’s an app for that. Now, the tricky part: how do you choose one?
To simplify the decision making process, we’ve narrowed down the best health and fitness apps of 2014 to help you find the right app for you.
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 1,857 ratings – Free
Android – 4.5 stars with 30,121 ratings – Free
If you like personal training, but don’t like the cost of it, this app is for you! Search JEFIT’s detailed exercise database of 1,300+ exercises before you hit the gym to create routines customized to your fitness goals.
Short on time? Download community-created routines instead. The app tracks your workouts and allows you to see your progress through your online account. Connect with friends to share your progress and stay motivated!
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 54 ratings – Free
Android – 4.5 stars with 1,638 ratings – $3.99
Interval training is a very effective exercise method, and a great option for both shorter and longer workouts. Sworkit Pro makes interval training easier by customizing workouts based on your body weight and goals, which you can save for later reference.
Because weights and additional equipment aren’t required, this app is great if you want to get your workouts in while you travel or vacation.
iPhone – 5 stars with 1,288 ratings – Free
Android – 4.5 stars with 28,113 ratings – Free
A great way to approach weight loss is to look at it as a numbers game. Lose It! is a calorie-counting app that helps you create a plan based on your goals. The app calculates the daily allowance of calories needed to attain your goal.
Enter your meals and snacks as well as the exercise you do in order to track your daily calorie balance. Lose It! has an extensive food database, and is compatible with a number of fitness devices like Jawbone UP, which makes logging food and exercise easy. It also has a barcode scanner that makes it super easy to add your own foods.
Runtastic Six Pack
Runtastic Six Pack
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 517 ratings - Free
Android – 4 stars with 54,315 ratings – Free
Crunches alone can be not only boring, but can strain muscles if you’re not doing them properly. Runtastic Six Pack offers a variety of exercises that focus on strengthening the abdominal muscles.
Male and female avatars coach you through your workout, teaching you how to perform the exercise safely and effectively.
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 157 ratings – $2.99
Android – 4 stars with 671 ratings – $2.99
Go to a yoga class in your living room with Pocket Yoga! This app was designed by experienced yoga instructors, and helps you learn poses and practice at your own pace.
The app includes over 200 illustrated images of poses, so you can be sure you have correct posture and alignment. Choose the type of practice, difficulty level, and duration. A detailed vocal and visual instruction will guide you through your session.
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 816 ratings – $4.99
Android – 4 stars with 500 ratings – $4.99
Although the price tag of this app is a bit higher than other exercise apps, it is well worth it. Zumba Dance makes cardio fun with a variety of dance styles and popular, upbeat music. Choose from pre-programmed classes or customize your own 20- to 60-minute sessions.
The app will also track your progress and create fitness goals. For a fun social element, create group challenges on Facebook for you and your friends!
iPhone – 5 stars with 138 ratings – $0.99
Staying adequately hydrated is a vital part of staying healthy. But if you’re like many people, remembering to drink enough water is easier said than done.
This easy to use app reminds you to drink water throughout the day and shows you how much water you’ve had visually.
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 10, 317 ratings – Free
Android – 4 stars with 7,604 ratings – Free
Fooducate is a great tool that can help you make better food choices. Scan the barcode of a packaged food, and Foodcucate will give the product a grade by analyzing the nutritional information and ingredients. The app will suggest a healthier alternative if your current choice doesn’t get a good grade.
Personalize the app by entering your age, gender, weight, height, and activity level. You can also enter health conditions and allergies as well as dietary and weight loss goals.
We selected these apps based on their potential to aid people in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, format, functionality, and relevance to leading a healthy and physically fit lifestyle. Together, this collection represents a gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make keeping fit easier and more fun.