Nutrition and calorie counters
Whether you’re trying to count calories, buy healthier groceries, or figure out how much fat was in that Big Mac you just inhaled, these apps will get the job done.
Lose it! (free)
Lose it! tracks your food intake and fitness activities in a similar fashion to budget-planning apps such as Level and Mint. You simply enter your height, weight, age, and how much weight you’re attempting to lose, before the app constructs a recommended calorie budget based on your diet and exercise. Its robust wearable integration is an added plus.
Fooducate is a great source for learning exactly what is in your food. Simply scan the barcode of any item you want to research, and the app will pull up nutritional facts and an overall grade, with a list of healthy alternatives to match. The app also helps you avoid the hard-to-notice trans fat and high sugar content in products — which is never a bad thing in today’s world.
Lifesum is a weight-loss app and diet planner, giving you an accurate assessment of your daily calorie intake so you can strive toward your established goals. There are lots of healthy eating tips, recipes, a macro calculator, meal planner, and more. The app even features a built-in barcode scanner designed to pull up nutritional data on millions of items.
MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter (free)
Looking to manage the number of calories you take in versus the number you actually use? MyFitnessPal takes things such as your height and weight into consideration, allowing you to see how many calories you actually need. You can search from the app’s huge database of foods (more than six million listed), scan barcodes, and add recipes or restaurant dishes to get valuable insights into your nutritional intake.
If part of the reason you never work out is simply because you don’t think exercise is fun, consider trying out the following apps.
Zombies, Run! (free)
If you don’t want become zombie food, then you better get moving. This clever running game is set against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse, and the shambling undead are everywhere. Each mission is an audio adventure, which you can mix with your own music, challenging you to walk, jog, or run to secure the survival of the human race. The first four missions are free, but you can unlock more than 300 for $4 per month or $25 per year.
Billed as a fitness space adventure, Walkr challenges you to power your spaceship by walking. Take enough steps and you can discover new worlds and take on missions. There are loads of planets to explore and strange creatures to meet along the way. This is a good way to encourage the whole family to be a bit more active, although you do have to leave the game running in the background to track your steps.
Pokémon Go (free)
It’s not going to whip you into amazing shape, but this addictive game will get you walking around all over the place in pursuit of those pesky Pokémon and it’s fun. Check out our Pokémon Go tips and tricks for help getting started. There are also events and you will need to walk certain distances to hatch eggs.
Fitness apps can be the start or the end of your fitness regime. If you’re also looking for accessories to help boost your fitness, our list of the best fitness trackers is for you. Most smartwatches have fitness tracking built in too, so why not get all the benefits of a smartwatch and a fitness tracker with our guide on the best smartwatches? Or take a break from your fitness routine with our favorite Android apps and Android games.