A mobile phone is a convenient way to help you get and stay in shape. It's almost always at your fingertips, providing a plethora of fitness and weight loss mobile apps at your fingertips.
Here, we list 10 most popular apps to help you stay fit and lose weight on the go.
iPrescribe Exercise app is aimed at sedentary patients and patients with chronic diseases with a goal to help them improve their health through exercising. The app provides exercises in its 12-week personalized plan that gives users the freedom to choose the most convenient option for them.
iPrescribe Exercise app also provides useful medical information regarding various conditions, emphasizing how exercising can actually help improving that condition.
The app is well-designed and easy-to-use, and it is also medically endorsed, providing evidence-based exercise recommendations for a patient with the chronic disease and people who want to get back into shape. Currently, only iPhone owners can use the app, because it's not available for Android yet.
Our score: 93%
Withings – a company owned by Nokia – is a well-known name in health and fitness industry. They developed Health Mate app, a free multi-functional health and activity tracker designed to work with Withings gadgets. The app can also be used as a stand-alone tracker that utilizes iPhone and Android smartphone's sensors.
Health Mate app features a range of tools helping users measure and track various health stats such as their weight, activity levels, heart rate, sleep, nutrition and other important parameters in a simple and intuitive manner thanks to the smooth and visually appealing interface.
While the app is designed as a companion to UP fitness trackers, it can be used as a stand-alone app that uses your phone sensors, namely Apple Health. However, this would be possible only if you use iPhone. If you plan to use the app on Android, it will require that you have UP device installed and paired.
The app allows users to first set their goals, i.e. the number of steps, sleep amount and weight goals, before they can start adding activities they want to track, including activity, sleep, weight, nutrition, mood.
Besides not being available on Android without the actual tracker device paired, it also requires an Internet connection, so it can cost users money if they use mobile data instead of WiFi.
FitBit is probably one of the best-known companies in the fitness world. It currently sells 13 wristband and clip-on trackers that come with a USB dongle, helping users sync data to their accounts via Fitbit Connect. Fitbit also developed a free Android and iPhone mobile app to be used as a companion to one of the Fitbit Trackers they sell.
The app, however, can be also used as a stand-alone tracker allowing even those users who don't own FitBit device to log their activities, calories, and weight, as well as to track their progress over time, or set their daily and weekly goals, such as step count, distance walked, calories consumed and burned, and many more.
Although FitBit app can be used without one of the FitBit devices, it provides a better experience if used with one.
Fitstar Personal Trainer is another app made by FitBit made with a goal to motivate the users and help them get a great workout on the go. The app adjusts to users' feedback, goals, and capabilities, which means they could use its dynamic exercise programs in their own time to stay in shape.
Programs are delivered to users in a form of high-quality videos that also provide instructions and tips as the exercise goes on, mostly about proper posture, breathing, hydration and so on. Users can also add their music to the exercises if that helps them stay motivated.
Made by the Scandinavian company of the same name, Lifesum app helps users get fit, achieve their weight goals, and improve their overall health.
While the app can be used as a weight loss app, that isn't its primary role. The app rather tries to address eating imbalances and help people develop healthy habits that work for them and incorporate them in their lives.
Because of its somewhat casual approach, Lifesum app might be more suitable for people who are looking for the best diet plans that complement their habits and lifestyle and decide if crash diet or slow dietary change works better for them.
Tactio Health is a free all-rounder app for Android and iPhone with multi-functional purpose. It enables users to track their health as well as daily routine.
It's a perfect choice for people looking to lose weight, become more active, or manage particular health concern such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Tactio Health app includes various tracking systems to help users reach their goals and stay on top of their health.
The score we gave to this app would be more favorable if it actually worked on Android devices. Unfortunately, an error prevents users of connecting to Tactio Cloud.
MyFitnessPal is another popular name in the fitness industry, with an online community that gathers millions of users, which use the website to track their food intake, as well as exercise frequency in order to reach their weight loss goals.
MyFitnessPal also developed a mobile app named simply Calorie Counter that allows iPhone and Android users to track their food intake, exercise, and weight management on the go.
The app requires users to register and provide basic info about themselves and their habits that app then uses to estimate how many calories they burn on a typical day without exercise, thus customizing the app for each user.
While it's been highly functional and rich with features Calorie Counter app by MyFitnessPal suffers from poor design and confusing user experience.
Endomondo is another very popular fitness tracker app for both iOS and Android devices. It is easy to use and convenient way of tracking your outdoor activities, setting distance goals, monitoring your heart rate while exercising, and much more.
The app provides users with audio feedback for every mile they run or bike. If users prefer listening to music, they could add their own playlist.
Endomondo app also allows users to compete with their friends and families, as well as other users in different challenges, such as Race the Champion.
Users of one of the FitBit devices can link Endomondo to their FitBit and log their workouts and calorie count on the FitBit app.
Lose It! app is one of the most popular weight loss apps in both the App Store and Play Store and probably one of the best calorie-tracking apps out there.
Thanks to its intuitive and easy-to-use interface, huge food database, as well as its interesting feature called the 'daily calorie budget', it helps users quickly and easily make nutritional decisions and lose weight.