When it comes to living a healthy life, building muscle, burning fat, and eating healthy, it may come as no surprise that your smartphone can double as both your nutritionist and your fitness trainer. Whether youâ€™re an Android aficionado or an iPhone fanatic, your smartphone can help you get in shape and put the exciting back into exercise. Here are ten essential smartphone health apps for the faithful fitness fan.
Instant Heart Rate Pro (Android)
With as simple an act as covering the lens of your smartphoneâ€™s camera with your finger, you can use this app to measure your heart rate and calculate exactly how much fat you are zapping. This app can display both a history graph of your past heart rates and an instant graph of what your heart is doing in real-time.
This free app is one of the best jogging companions available. It can use your smartphoneâ€™s GPS to keep track of your exact jogging route, give you real-time updates on the distance youâ€™ve traveled, and calculate both your average speed for the entire run and your current speed. If you decide to run on a treadmill, the distance and speed of your run can be added to the data manually.
BMI Calculator (Android)
If you are interested in the precise specifics of your Body Mass Index, this calculator does a fine job of working out your exact numbers to as many as two decimal points. You simply enter your current weight and height, click the Calculate button, and the app will spit out your precise BMI along with a comparison chart to help you determine whether you are underweight, normal, or obese.
Lose It! (iPhone)
Whether you are a calorie-counting guru or only a casual calorie counter, this app can help you keep track of what foods you eat and how many total calories you have consumed over a specific time period as well as how many you have burned in an exercise period. Lose It! even allows you to set goals and will keep you informed of your progress toward those goals.
Pocket Yoga (Android)
Yoga is a great way to keep your stress levels down and your fitness levels up. Unfortunately, however, remembering all those poses is sometimes easier said than done. Pocket Yoga is an app that comes with nearly 150 essential Yoga poses from three separate difficulty levels and numerous practice styles. Each pose is part of a session and there are 27 sessions in total.
Fooducate is an essential app for any food shopping trip. It will provide you with in-depth information about any product with a barcode. Once a productâ€™s barcode is scanned by Fooducate, the app will search its database and display for you accurate nutrition information, a calorie count, and any warnings or extra information about the product that may be available. There is also a comparison feature that can help you decide between two similar products. This app works best with high-speed internet.
JEFIT Pro (Android)
JEFIT Pro is an app for hardcore and determined bodybuilders who want to make serious progress in their exercise routines. It features a variety of progress charts for different aspects of the body including weight and body fat as well as specific measurements of shoulders, arms, calves, and other essential body parts. You can also log your lifting stats for different exercises in order to determine how much you have progressed.
Whole Foods Market Recipes (iPhone)
This app will provide you with an incredible variety of Whole Foods recipes. These can be sorted by a number of different criteria including fat content, fiber content, allergen content, or even vegetarian or vegan content. You can also input the ingredients you have available and the app will suggest a great recipe that you can make using only those.
Nike BOOM (Android)
For those of us who are motivated to move by our music, Nike BOOM can coordinate the tempos of the songs it plays to the speed of your workout. It will also insert motivational clips from virtual coaches at random intervals to keep you inspired.
Nike Training Club (iPhone)
This app acts as a personal trainer that will teach you the right way to do a large number of exercises and help you customize your workout to your body and its specific needs and goals. Each exercise comes with a detailed description as well as photos from various angles and a video demonstration. The video files are quite large so make sure you have high-speed internet.
Have you tried any of the above smartphone apps?Â Which other health and fitness apps do you use?
Blake Sanders is a tech writer at US broadband comparison site Broadband Expert. Blake specializes in writing on internet providers, cell phones, as well as the latest in high speed internet news and information.