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Best Android health and fitness apps: 9 to keep you on track

Update: Two new apps added

Thanks to improvements in the sensors built into our smartphones, fitness apps have never been so popular. They allow us to log various statistics, from the distance of a morning jog to the time spent lifting weights in the evening. If you're in the market for an app to help you record and make sense of all this data, there are plenty to choose from. Here are the best apps for tracking your health and fitness on Android.

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Let us show you the best health and fitness apps. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. Best heart rate monitor: Instant Heart Rate

It's important to track your heart rate during the different stages of your fitness regimen. Whether this is before, during or after your workout, you should keep an eye on it. Instant Heart Rate gives you accurate heart rates when you need them so you can reach your fitness goals. 

There are plenty of heart rate monitoring apps out there that track through a camera system but Instant Heart Rate has some features that sets it apart. When you're working out, you can see what your heart rate is and check if it's moving towards the goal you want it to. For instance, you should have a different heart rate for weight loss and cardio and the app measures that. 

Instant Heart Rate's tracking system gives you a timeline of your heart rate so you can track whether you've been hitting your cardio or fat-burning goals. You can also track your resting heart rate to look at the unhealthy stress put on your heart under normal conditions. 

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Track your heart rate over time with the Instant Heart Rate app. / © ANDROIDPIT
Instant Heart Rate Install on Google Play

2. Best for measuring your body fat: BMI Calculator

If you ever wondered how you're doing with your goals of eliminating excess body fat, then you should try BMI Calculator. The app is really simple, which sets it apart from other body fat measuring apps. All you need to do is plug in your height and weight and it will give you a percentage estimate of your body fat. 

Once the app has calculated your body fat it will give you a recommendation about your exercise regimen. It tells you the category your body fat is at. There are eight classes of body fat on the app and they range from 'Very Severely Underweight' to 'Obese Class III.' It will give you a target weight so you know what your target goal is. 

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BMI Calculator gives a target weight for your height and age. / © ANDROIDPIT
BMI Calculator Install on Google Play

3. Best for busy people: 7 Minute Workout 

This is a brilliant app for those who are just getting started with fitness, and might be intimidated by the scope of other apps or routines. The 7 Minute Workout app is exactly as it sounds – it shows you the steps to complete a 7-minute workout routine that can aid weight loss and strengthen muscles. 

7 Minute Workout doesn't have many tracking or social features, its focus is on delivering a simple set of exercises and ensuring you know how to perform them. The major strength of this app is its ability to provide a non-threatening entry point to a more healthy lifestyle.

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7 Minute workout is a proven way to improve your fitness, fast. / © ANDROIDPIT
7 Minute Workout Install on Google Play

4.  Best for simplicity: Google Fit

Google's own health and fitness app is pretty sparse in the features department, but it is tightly integrated with Android and Android Wear, so it's a convenient option at least. A web interface is also available at

Weight, heart rate, steps and activity time can all be logged automatically, and if you have the time to tell Google exactly what you're up to, you can choose from a long list of activities, from snowboarding to horse riding. You can set simple daily goals as well and get an alert when you've reached them.

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Google Fit is Android's default fitness app. / © ANDROIDPIT
Google Fit - Fitness Tracking Install on Google Play

5. Best all-rounder: RunKeeper 

RunKeeper has a good reputation, not just for the number of features in its own app but also the number of third-party services it plugs into (it works with both Google Fit and Apple Health). If you're a keen runner, there aren't many better options than this one.

You can plot your runs on a map, monitor distance covered and calories burned, set personal goals, integrate your indoor activities and more. Despite the app's name it can handle bike rides and gym workouts as well as running, so it's a comprehensive monitoring app.

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RunKeeper offers maps and statistics. / © ANDROIDPIT
Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk Install on Google Play

6. Best for cyclists: Strava

Another well-known app with a strong reputation, Strava comes with a host of handy features, both in the core of the app and via separate add-ons. By tracking your running and bike riding via GPS, Strava can help you beat your own personal bests and challenge your friends as well.

Strava lets you track distance, pace, speed, elevation and other statistics as you go, and thanks to the data that's been collected from all of Strava's users, you can check out some of the routes that are popular with other people – even if you're a long way from home.

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Strava covers both running and cycling. / © ANDROIDPIT
Strava Running and Cycling GPS Install on Google Play

7. Best for runners: Runtastic 

If comprehensive running and cycling statistics are what you're after then Runtastic has you covered: once you get back home you can see where you've been on a map, as well as analyze statistics for distance, elevation, speed heart rate and more. You can even view your activities in 3D.

Other features include a personalized workout diary and an automated voice coach to encourage you around your route. Treadmill, spinning and weightlifting activities can all be added manually to give you a more comprehensive picture of your overall fitness.

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Get detailed feedback via Runtastic. / © ANDROIDPIT
Runtastic Running & Fitness Install on Google Play

8. Best for multiple activities: Map My Fitness Workout Trainer

Map My Fitness develops a whole host of different apps devoted to different types of activities, but this is the one to go for if you want to get an overall picture of your health. My Map Fitness Workout Trainer lets you pull data from your running, cycling, walking and other types of workout.

One area where the app excels is pulling together all of your statistics across a particular day, week, month or year for you to analyze. With more than 600 types of workout activity to choose from, you can keep a close eye on your progress and monitor how it changes over time.

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Over 600 activity types are covered by Map My Fitness. / © ANDROIDPIT
Map My Fitness Workout Trainer Install on Google Play

9. Best interface: Endomondo Running Cycling Walk 

Endomondo Running Cycling Walk is one of the best looking fitness apps out there. Like a lot of the other apps here, it enables you to pull together data from a wide range of activities, and you can set customized goals, routes and intervals based on your own program. There's also a prominent social element for sharing achievements with friends.

With separate sections covering training plans, challenges and commitments, there are many different ways to set targets and work towards them, and if you're stuck for inspiration you can download plans created by others. With everything from calendars to maps, it's a feature-packed app.

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The Endomondo app makes great use of material design. / © ANDROIDPIT
Endomondo - Running & Walking Install on Google Play

What's your favorite fitness app? How often do you use it? Let us know in the comments. 


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  • Yona Sade 3 months ago Link to comment

    Bartal Sports Tracker app has a lot of free features. Free download on google play.

  • I would recommend Rem-Fit to anyone. I love because it allows me to track my activity and sleep, keeping me as healthy as possible.

  • tungquang 10 months ago Link to comment

    well, as I used to lose 3 weights within 1 month but still really healthy. I realised drinking water is really really important. But i don't like to drink ^^.
    My friend suggested me an app that I can both drink water and grow plant (like a pet) so it's much easier to me :). You can try if you want : Awesome Blossom (Available in Google Play and IOS App Store)

  • Google Fit is enough for me

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    anshul 10 months ago Link to comment

    To be fit app is not mandatory. Nicely compiled so many apps in one article.

  • I use mainly Runtastic, for Cycling, I am signed up to the above. I find EndoMondo thou you have to sign up to Premium or something.I use to use ALL of them at the same time. However that killed the barttery. I will try on my new NExus 9 thou. See how he faires

  • Albin Foro 10 months ago Link to comment

    I recently began using JEFIT which has a very large and well-illustrated catalogue of exercise routines from body weight to a wide variety of equipment. Not personally interested in online tracking or community but that seems to be there, too. It's just good to quickly dial up an alternative workout that's well presented.

  • Dean L. 10 months ago Link to comment

    Thanks for the list of apps. I think I only use two of them, but will have to check out some of the others.

  • Philip G. 11 months ago Link to comment

    My wife and I will typically load up the tandem with picnic lunch and dog, cycle somewhere, walk the dog, cycle somewhere else. Possibly use public transport for a stretch and then walk or cycle some more.

    I don't want to be motivated by an app. 

    I don't want to share with anybody. 

    I just want to track my trips and for the app to tell me how much we walked, how much we cycled and how much we rode in bus/car/train. This can be extrapolated from speeds: 0.01 to 6kph = walking, 6 to 30kph = cycling, >30kph = motorised.
    Any suggestions for an app that does this?

  • great article and great apps you can checkout this android app to find low carb recipes

  • I started using Heftr recently. It's a timer app for Android controllable by "accept call" button on the handsfree. It reports timer status with voice. You don't need to take it out of pocket to use it.

  • inonix n Jan 19, 2016 Link to comment

    One of the best app for tracking daily water intake for android is Drinking water reminder app by INONIXN.

  • Strava is great for cycling fans. I've used it for two years now and it's nice to have a record of every ride to compare fitness and performances. It doesn't need a lot of battery power even for long rides and is a breeze to get the most of it.

  • sylsau Jan 3, 2016 Link to comment

    Personnaly, I love ths simple Pedometer that works well on my Samsung Galaxy S4 since some months :

  • these are the same apps when we travel in car still showing how many steps we have walk.....shittttt

  • Which one can be used for bodybuilding ?

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