Your phone can do so much more than just call and text. I use my phone to control my diet, regulate my mood, track my nutrients intake, and keep my body toned. This is possible because of the efforts that skilled and top app developers put into it. So, here is a guide to the top 5 fitness apps that are currently on my Android phone.
What are the top 5 fitness apps on my phone?
I have to be honest here. MyFitnessPal tops the list because I have been using it since high school. The app helped me measure my daily calories intake and cut down on carbs. Eventually, I took the paid version of the app to access the more premium features and show my support to the creators.
Coming to the app itself, it has consistently topped the list of fitness apps in the Play Store. The app is highly versatile. You can enter your exercise routine and food consumption. You can also create goals in the app and use it to track your exercise habits. The paid version offers a list of unmatched customization in this segment. The app seamlessly integrates with more than 50 other fitness apps to give you an accurate reading about body goals.
If I went on to list all the different features and how to use them, this list would never end. But, the most impressive part about MyFitnessPal is the food database that hosts over 11 million items. It also offers an extraordinary restaurant menu logging feature to ensure that no single calorie is unaccounted for. In short, if you are a beginner and looking to control your diet and some home exercise, you should immediately download this app on your phone.
Next up, I have Fooducate on my phone to keep track of everything that enters my body. Apart from the calories input, you can also track the nutrients your body is absorbing through the food. Based on your recent entries, it can even highlight if your body lacks any particular nutrients. You can get personalized diet recommendations if you use the pro version of this app.
The stand-out feature of this app is its barcode scanner. This is especially helpful when you are going grocery shopping. Before putting a food item in your cart, you can scan the barcode to see the nutrients you will be receiving. Fooducate provides ratings for this food to always help you choose the healthier option.
The pro version of Fooducate can show you piecharts and graphs about the different types of carbs you are digesting and also the ratio between the macronutrients present in your body. You can also find delicious food recipes in the app. Fooducate also gives you access to their community, where you can get fresh recipes and diet ideas. This app works best when you regularly input every little detail about your meal in their interface.
I prefer doing yoga over going to the gym. It is more relaxing and calms my nerves. But, during the pandemic, I could not attend my yoga classes regularly. I tried doing yoga by watching online videos. But, there was no proper structure, and I was more stressed because of it. That’s when I found Glo.
Glo is an outstanding yoga app for novice practitioners and yoga gurus. During the initial walkthrough, you can select whether you are doing yoga to reduce stress, improve sleep, or general strength training. The app then prompts curated videos to help you meet your needs. Glo has an incredible roster of experienced yoga teachers. You can follow them on this platform and see their latest updates. If you are unsatisfied with their videos or suggestions, you also can rate them and leave a review.
Some other features of Glo include downloading the videos on your phone to use later. The customer service provided by the app is far superior to other similar apps in the market. The only downside to this app is that there is no definite nutrient tracking, and the user has to take a subscription after the trial period ends.
For me, mental health is as important as physical health. But, naturally, I had trouble meditating due to all the countless intrusive thoughts. This motivated me to search for mindfulness apps to help me with guided meditation. And what better than Headspace.
Once you sign-up for the app, Headspace takes you through a comprehensive meditation package and teaches you the basics of meditation. Meditating with Headspace is more than just breathing exercises. The soothing voice of the app guides your thoughts and helps you digest them before allowing other things to enter your mind. After the basic walkthrough is complete, you are free to explore the app and choose whatever pack suits your needs.
Headspace dedicates all its research and resources to bringing a positive change to its users. There are specific meditation techniques for depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. However, if you have any of these conditions, it is better to consult with a professional before committing to the programs in the app.
The subscription to the Headspace apps can be pretty expensive. The app then charges separately for packages. Before you download this app, you should know that it only contains videos and walkthroughs about guided meditation. There are no physical workouts or nutritional trackers built into this app.
The 7-minute Workout
I am not very fond of working out in gyms, as I mentioned earlier. But, sometimes, you need to work out your core and other muscles to keep them flexible and toned. That’s why I chose the 7-minute workout app.
This app is more convenient for people with inconsistent schedules. The app’s home screen offers 3 workouts to the user within 7 minutes. One is the basic workout for all the necessary muscles. Another contains a seven minutes workout focused on your abs. And the last one offers a high-intensity 7-minute workout.
A good fitness app can be precious as you save time and money. If you have a smartwatch, you can use it to connect with these apps to track your workout routines better. But, you are free to try other apps from the Playstore and find what is best for you. These are my top recommendations.