Why fork over your hard earned cash on some newfangled wearable exercise gizmo when you’ve already got a smartphone? That little computer in your pocket has plenty of sensors, and, with the right selection of apps, it can be a powerful workout companion. No matter if you’re looking to track your miles, get motivated, eat healthier, sleep better, or simply make exercise fun, there’s an app for that. We’ve taken the time to dig through Google Play and bring you a comprehensive roundup of the best fitness apps for Android.
More of an iPhone person? Head over to our curated list of the best fitness apps for iPhone.
Just looking to keep track of your runs and day-to-day activities to get some feedback on your progress? Check out these apps.
Runkeeper makes use of your phone’s GPS transceiver to map your running routes and provide detailed info about your speed and distance along the way. Users can set a goal pace and the app will coach your through your headphones to help keep you get your tempo right and stay on track. Our favorite feature is Runkeeper’s music integration that allows you to listen to your tunes and skip tracks without leaving the app.
Exercise tracker apps are a dime a dozen these days, but even in such a saturated market, Runtastic manages to stand out with an incredibly simple interface that doesn’t sacrifice advanced features. Like most other apps in this category, it uses your phone’s sensors to track things like distance, speed, calories burned, and heart rate, but comes with a few extra features like 3D mapping and colored traces that make it super slick.
Not only can Endomondo provide you with detailed info on your speed, distance, and a dozen other metrics; it can also act as a virtual coach to give you a bit of extra motivation. It’s got all the bells and whistles you’ll get with other activity tracker apps, and a few unique ones you won’t find anywhere else – stuff like the ability to race against your own virtual ghost, or get live pep talks from your friends as you work out.