My smartphone is always with me – so does that mean obsessed with it as most? Probably; I take it with me most everywhere I go – including when I exercise. I have two fitness trackers that I use regularly and in researching the different apps available for tracking fitness and exercise I found the top five used in the fitness community. Check them out!
1) C25K – FREE
Couch to 5K from Zen Labs. With this free app, you alternate between walking and running until you build strength and endurance. It takes you through an 8-week long plan; a scheduled workout is 3-times a week, with breaks between days. Each session is 30 to 40 minutes long with 5 minute warm-up and 5 minute cool down. It is perfect for people who are just taking up running. I have this app on my phone and I use it regularly!
2) RunKeeper/Running DJ - FREE
The reason I downloaded? It’s pretty simple to use and it's free! It tracks your GPS, allowing you to create workouts, create routes, make your own music mixes -- just about anything else you'd want from a running app. Another nice feature is if you decide to move from an iPhone to a Windows phone (or vice versa!) the data you collect will transfer right along with you!
Runtastic Pedometer is for both Android and the iPhone. It keeps track of all your daily steps, compiles that data into pretty graphs, and still manages to keep things simple.
Moves works in the background on your Android or your iPhone so it's always on. This app tracks your steps as well as if you run or ride a bicycle anywhere. It automatically” knows the difference if you’re in a car (not moving) and if you’re on a bike charging up a steep hill. You don’t have to do anything special to make Moves work. An added feature - it also tracks your location everywhere, so you can look back and see where you went, how you got there, and how long it took. The downside is that Moves doesn't give you a lot of data to work with. Yes it keeps tracks everything you do – but you can't see things like speed, heart rate, etc.
Strava works on both Android and the iPhone. It's also super simple GPS tracking app to use so you thumb open the app and start using it right away. From there, you can go on a bike trip and Strava will log that data. When you're done, you can look at where you've been, your average speed, and lots more data.
So there you have it! My five app picks for tracking your exercise and fitness progress. Now download and hit the trail to fitness!