Google’s first attempt at a native Android fitness app is a sleak, quick and well animated download that tracks basic things like steps and calories, while giving you handy tips and setting personalised goals. It works across Android devices, including the Wear watches and, thanks to constant updates by Google, is getting better all the time.
Possibly the most well known fitness app and always a mainstay on any device we use, MyFitnessPal’s key selling point is its massive meal database that packs a whopping 5,000,000 foods. With such a large database, tracking what you eat is relatively simple and for each dish there’s a wide variety of nutritional info to go along with it. You can track what you eat, what calories you consume and keep a note of your goals with easy to read graphs, while the app builds up your own personalised diet and training regime.
Hoping to turn getting fit and healthy into something social, Fjuul gives you points for completing certain activities and lets you compete with friends. The interface is very ‘iOS 8’ the strong colours and your daily target is shown with a circular graph right in the middle. A handy notification widget gives you targets at a glance and it works well with Apple Health.
Free | Download Fjuul on iOS
Jammed full of videos covering everything from yoga and strength training to cardio and dancing, DailyBurn is a great way of joining gym classes without leaving your warm, cosy home. The HD videos look great, are performed for professionals and if you’re running iOS it builds directly into HealthKit. Streaming on your iPhone or iPad is obviously supported, but the sessions can be beamed to a Chromecast, Apple TV or Roku so you can get that big screen experience.
Apps that track your running steps are pretty common, but ones that monitor your lifestyle are a bit rarer. Lifesum does it well though, replacing your daily step goal with a calorie target. Once you’ve added in what you eat, it’ll break it down into protein, fat and carbs, letting you know if you’ve exceeded the recommended daily amount. It works with specific diets too and if you’re on iOS you can import all your data from Health.
7 Minute Workout Challenge
As the name suggests, this is a workout designed to fit in with those who barely have free time. Well, you need at least seven minutes, but we all have that, don’t we? 12 exercises are included that each can be performed for 30 seconds, with a 10 second rest in-between and they’re all meant to be great for helping your fitness and metabolism. The app itself is sleek and easy to use, with clear instructions and extra downloadable packs available through IAP.
Use this app to automatically sync information from your Fitbit Force, Flex, One,or Zip tracker to your phone. Track daily goals and see your progress over time with detailed stats and graphs, and log your calorie intake for extra detail. Perfect for those already using Fitbit products.
Free (iOS and Android) | Fitbit
Withings Health Mate
Withings has had a strong year, with its Activity Tracker and Pulse both impressing. This app allows you to automatically log data from these devices to help you track and improve your weight, exercise, or sleep pattern. You can log the data manually if you don’t own a Withings product.
Free (iPhone and Android) | Withings
As routes to well-being go, being fit enough to defend yourself from facial pounding whilst locked in a cage isn’t bad. Canadian beefcake Georges St-Pierre is as good a role model as you’ll find, and this app provides 500 video exercises, plus input from trainer Patrick Beauchamp and nutrition coach Dr John Berardi.
£4.99 (iOS only) | Touchfit
A fitness planner that allows you to create custom workout schedules. Tell it the time you can spare, along with the balance between walking, running, dance, yoga, and training you’d like, and the app will create a personal plan for you, synced to your phone’s calendar. Expert videos and a breakdown of your achievements add extra motivation. Very easy to use.
Free (iOS/Android) | Reebok
This app proves that gaming and fitness can mix perfectly. Fitocracy lets you track all your workouts with in-depth stats, gaining points and levelling up as you go. Gaming staples like quests and achievements add to the fun, and there’s a huge community for you to compete against in challenges or duels.
Free (iOS and Android) | Fitocracy
Gives you everything you need for an in-depth yoga session without having to fork out for an instructor. A full dictionary of poses forms the base for virtual yoga lessons, where an on-screen, computerised instructor will talk you through routines in a soothing voice, with soft music in the background. Just like the real thing.
£1.89 (Android) /£1.99 (iOS) | Pocket Sports
A pocket Mr Motivator, Lift picks you up and doesn’t put you down until you’ve reached your goal. Whether that goal is fitness, productivity, or a diet change, Lift uses positive psychology and step-by-step coaching to help you get there. Over 100,000 goals are available so whatever you want to achieve, Lift can help.
Free (iPhone and Android) | Lift
Jefit PRO bills itself as the ultimate workout tracker, and it’s not far off. You can plan complex workouts, set time limits for weight sets, track your body fat, and log your one-rep maximum over time: this might be pricier than its rivals, but its depth is unmatched.
£3.21 (Android)/£2.99 (iOS) | Jefit
A great gym companion. Tap an area of the on-screen muscleman to see a list of focussed exercises. Watch 3D animations to see how each exercise affects the muscle group you’ve selected, and add to your workout when you’re happy. With over 450 animations, you’ll never be short of ideas.
£1.99 (iOS only) | 3D4Medical
Money makes the world go round. It also, Gympact thinks, will get you down the gym: if you don’t fulfil a weekly pact, where you choose how many times you’ll exercise that week, you’ll have to pay a real money stake. Best of all, paid stakes will be spread among those who keep their promise. Get fit, earn money.
Free (iOS and Android) | Gym-Pact
A complete workout guide where a personal trainer will take you through a huge catalogue of workouts with audio, photo, and video instructions. As well as individual workouts, the app has specific instructions for areas of focus, such as getting a ripped six-pack, losing weight, or improving your running.
Free (iOS and Android) | Skimble
This app tracks your activity, so you can see your current speed, distance traveled, route traveled, and calories burned in real time, or later on the automatically updated Garmin Connect. It’s perfect if you own other Garmin products, as the app can receive information from sensors such as a Garmin heart rate monitor for added functionality.
69p (iOS and Android) | Garmin
GAIN Fitness Cross Trainer
Say bye-bye to that long list of excuses with workouts tailored specifically to your needs. Just select the kind of training you want, the area of the body you’d like to target, and your time allowances, and Gain Fitness guides you to improved fitness. Drop a couple of quid on specialist packages for an extra burn.
Free (iOS only) | GAIN fitness
Full Fitness: Exercise workout trainer
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing stretch or a hard session in the weights room, Full Fitness has you covered. It provides a huge database of clearly explained exercises sorted by target muscles, equipment available, or overall goal (to lose weight, for example). Track your progress to see your fitness gradually improve.
£1.49 (iOS only) | Healthxperts