Staying fit and healthy and losing weight were the two most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2015, and doubtless the same is true for 2016. If your idea of a new you for the new year includes ramping up your fitness and slimming down your waist, you’ll want some fitness apps on your phone to help keep you on track. Here are my picks for the best fitness apps; 2016 edition.
These apps allow you to log workouts, count calories eaten, and collect stats about all your runs to see overtime how you’re improving.
This is my personal favorite. This free app lets you count calories that you consume as well as tally up the calories burn each day. It’s even compatible with my FitBit- as well as a number of other fitness trackers.
Designed for counting calories and logging exercise, Lose It! can help you lose weight, especially if you tend to eat name-brand American foods. The app is compatible with a long list of other fitness devices and apps, including Nike+ FuelBand, Fitbit devices, Runkeeper, MapMyFitness, and Jawbone UP, so you can import your calorie intake and balance it effortlessly against your calorie expenditure.
One of the oldest but best running apps out there, RunKeeper will track your pace, distance, elevation and calorie burn, whether you’re running, walking or cycling. With its integration with Apple Watch, Bluetooth heart rate monitors, and other fitness trackers, it’ll always know what’s going on during your workout.
Strava Running and Cycling
Strava makes it simple to track your mileage. Whether you’re cycling, walking or running, Strava offers up distance, pace, speed, elevation and more, before making it easy to share and compete with your friends.
When you hit the gym, do you still carry a notebook or crumpled sheet of paper to all the stations and machines? Don’t. With mobile apps for the gym, there are better ways to keep track of your sets and reps.
Pear Personal Coach
The Pear Personal Coach app talks you through runs, at-home workouts, yoga routines, and even training programs for running races. Real human voices make the audio part of the experience excellent.
Former NFL player Tony Gonzalez aims to inspire you to get fit in the iOS-only workout app FitStar. The free app contains “Basic” workouts designed to inspire you to move more, whereas a Premium subscription gives you more program options, such as “Get Strong” and “Get Lean.” No equipment is required for these workouts, so you can complete them at home, at the gym, or on the road.
Workout Music Apps
Not everyone in the market for a great fitness app wants to count calories or get coached through a quick workout. Some are just looking for a little music to motivate them.
Music streaming app Spotify now packs playlists and special features designed for working out. The Running feature, which debuted in 2015, finds your running tempo and plays songs that have a beat that matches it.
FIT Radio is a music-streaming app that specializes in DJ-created mixes that maintain a consistent beat. You can browse mixes by genre, DJ, or even type of workout.
RockMyRun changes the tempo of your running music based on your footfalls or heart rate. It also lets you set the tempo of a playlist, if you’d rather try to make your feet keep up with the music. With a wide variety of genres, including classical, RockMyRun has plenty of music to explore.
No matter what kind of motivation or daily prodding you need to meet your fitness goals, there’s an app that can push you in the right direction.