Fitness Apps – What’s on your phone?

April 10, 2013 in Health by Shannon Ellis

I stumbled into this article from the Daily News titled the Top 6 Smartphone Apps for Losing Weight. It made me curious, what apps do other people like that I am missing out on. I have a smartphone and I use it for fitness every day. So listed below are the ones I use. I should mention that I am using the free version of all the apps listed.

1. For tracking food – MyFitnessPal. I track 4 days a week on average and I’ve been doing it since October. Sometimes tracking food can be a pain but I am certain that is how I lost 10 pounds of post-baby weight this winter – including during the holiday season. I did not increase my activity; I got my eating under control and this app worked for me. I’ve convinced some friends to use it as well and it is fun to see what they are up to. I’m not active in their online community often, but that option is available.

2. For tracking runs/walks - RunKeeper. It is very user friendly so far. I’m not sharing my runs publicly so I’m not sure about the sharing functionality. I can say that my children and I walked 1.47 miles yesterday in about 40 minutes. Well, I pushed the stroller and they rode their bikes. That’s not bad for a three year old on a little tricycle.

3. For new workout ideas – Fitocracy. This app gives you points for what you do and presents you with challenges to complete so you can level up. I love the concept, but I haven’t started really using it yet. The social community is very welcoming and friendly.

4. For Interval workouts – I recently downloaded HIIT Interval Training Timer developed by Giorgio Regni. It is just what it needs to be – an easy to use timer for tabata style workouts. In the last month I have grown to love this.

5. Other – Not technically a “fitness” app, but related to wellness is an app called Conscious. Every day this app presents a new challenge which you can choose to accept before noon.  The challenges are things such as being aware of your body language or paying attention to your anxiety level and notice triggers. At night you complete the challenge by reporting your findings in a personal journal. It is a small but engaged community that follows regularly. I only accept the challenge once every couple weeks but it is fun to do.

So that is what I am currently using. What apps are on your phone? What would you recommend (or not)?