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Best Android apps for staying healthy

May 2, 2012

If you’re looking to lose some weight or stay in shape, and you don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. Staying healthy is absolutely important because getting sick nowadays is not cheap. But, with how fast-paced our lives are becoming, finding time to workout and burn some fat has become difficult.

Thanks to technology though, we can now workout with our mobile devices. With a whole slew of fitness and health apps in the Google Play Store, we’ve put together a list of some of the best ways to keeping healthy. We didn’t just limit this list to workout apps; we included ways to keep healthy, either through keeping yourself hydrated, eating right and having easy access to medical assistance.

My Fitness Pal

With how delicious food is, it can get easy to forget how many calories one bar of chocolate can pack. With My Fitness Pal, you can choose your food wisely and stay away from snacks that might slow you down on your road to fitness.

My Fitness Pal has a wide database of over 1,100,000 foods. Type in that burger you’re considering on ordering and find out just how many calories it’s got. Customize your goals based on your specific diet profile; enter your age, gender, and activity level to get the ideal goal for you. Because no diet is effective without a workout, My Fitness Pal also contains over 350 exercises for you to try out.

My Fitness Pal also allows you to track both cardio and strength training, including reps, sets, and weight/rep. You can create an unlimited amount of custom exercises as well. To be able to safely store your exercise data, you’ll need an account at and you can make an account for free from within the app.


If you’re a fan of running, you’ll love RunKeeper. RunKeeper is an app for your Android device that specifically caters to runners, walkers, and hikers. Utilizing the GPS features of your device, this app tracks, measures, and improves your fitness by using your Android device’s GPS to track your activities. It measures distance, time, pace, calories you’re burning, heart race and the path you travel on a map. You can literally see your progress and use that to analyze your pace.

If you feel a little lost, RunKeeper can let you know where exactly you are. RunKeeper also provides audio cues and customized interval workout. Unfortunately, for people who workout with kayakking, RunKeeper has yet to include that on its list of activities. There also seems to be some issues with GPS accuracy and inability to post to Facebook. If those little issues don’t deter you, download RunKeeper for free from the Google Play Store to start running.

Daily Ab Workout FREE

You don’t have to hit the gym to stay trim. If you dedicate 5 to 10 minutes of your day to exercise, you’ll find yourself losing more weight than spending hours lifting weights, not to mention saving on expensive gym memberships. Download Daily Ab Workout FREE for your Android mobile device and steadily but surely work your way to that flat stomach you’ve always wanted.

Daily Ab Workout FREE packs 10 of the best ab-sculpting exercises that have been approved of by a certified personal trainer. These exercises target all your major abdominal muscles and it’ll only take a few minutes out of your busy day. Select an exercise and watch a video of a personal trainer demonstrating the exercise for you, in addition to instructions at the bottom of the screen. A voice prompt will inform you when it’s time to switch exercises to make sure that you’re working out all the important abdominal areas.

Daily Ab Workout FREE is, you guessed it, available for free and is ad-supported. If you want to remove those ads and get an additional workout that’s more challenging than the one’s you’re getting in the free version, you can purchase Daily Ab Workout from the Google Play Store.

One of the leading problems today is not having enough time to cook. People give in to the temptation of instant dinner by picking up an unhealthy dinner from a fast food place. With Recipe Search, having hundreds of recipes at the tips of your fingers is sure to motivate you to start cooking at home. You can find recipes by entering the ingredients you have, so you’ll never be tempted to eat out.

If you come across a recipe you’re interested in but can’t make yet, bookmark the recipe and if you  think your friends will like it too, Recipe Search makes it easy for you to share those recipes on Facebook, Twitter, over SMS and and even e-mail.

When scanning recipes, did you come across an unfamiliar ingredient? Tap on the ingredient and you can look up its meaning on Google. Check out the whole list of ingredients to make it easier on you when you do groceries. If you’ve got a question about a recipe, tap the Question tab and ask your question. Members of the website will answer your question and your phone will beep to notify you that you’ve got a response.

Listening to music and just moving can disorient our sense of time, but we don’t want to have to slow down just so we can check on our device just how far we’ve gone. Endomodo Sports Tracker doesn’t require you to actually touch it; instead it gives you audio feedback of the distance you’ve covered, in miles or in kilometers. If you’re feeling demotivated, any friend following you live can give you pep talks. That’ll be sure to get you back running.

Your workout route is monitored on a map, and Endomodo also stores your history with lap times. Try to beat a friend’s personal best and brag about your progress on Facebook. If you’re the type of person who likes a little competition yet doesn’t have anyone to compete with, you can download a route from Endomodo’s servers and use that as your springboard to fitness.

Try the route out and try to beat the Champion. Start running and download Endomodo Sports Tracker today.

Water Your Body

We can easily forget that we need to constantly hydrate our bodies. After all, we need water more than we need food to survive. Water Your Body is an app that reminds you to drink water every day. Enter your current weight and the app will calculate how much water you need to drink daily.  To make sure that you’re not neglecting your water intake, Water Your Body tracks your water drinking habits. When you’ve finished drinking a cup of water, add a cup to the app and it’ll notify you when the next time you should drink water should be.

Drinking water has a number of benefits, such as helping you stay in shape as it keeps you from getting hungry and it clears up your skin. Since you’ll be regularly drinking water, Water Your Body will help you keep away from any sugary sodas and fattening drinks. Water Your Body is a must-have for people who are constantly busy. Download Water Your Body for your Android device today and keep hydrated.

iTriage Health

Created by two ER physicians, iTriage Health is an app that helps you make better healthcare decisions. Staying healthy isn’t all about working out and eating right; it’s also about getting the medical care that you deserve. iTriage Health allows you to save, easily access and share the healthcare information that’s most important to you.

The app provides you with thousands of informational pages on medical symptoms, diseases, procedures and medications. You can search medical symptoms to see what particular causes it might have and be directed to a healthcare facility or expert that can help you with it. If you’re unfamiliar with your area, iTriage helps you get to the closest medical facility in your area. iTriage Health can provide you maps, with turn-by-turn directions to health care facilities so you won’t get lost. iTriage also lets you save your personal numbers for your own doctors and physicians.

Though iTriage Health should not be a replacement for a doctor, it’s always better to be safe and informed than sorry. iTriage Health is available on the Google Play Store for free. Download it for your Android device today.

When you’re out doing outdoor activities, you can use My Tracks to literally track where you’re running, biking, or hiking, and to reflect these on a map. It will also gather useful statistics such as time, speed, distance, and elevation. It’ll come in handy for friends or family who want to take the same fitness route as you do.

My Tracks requires GPS to be enabled on your Android device so that it can function properly. You’ll need to wait until a GPS lock has been established, but once it’s ready, tap Menu and then tap Record Track. As you move, My Tracks displays your speed and elevation and shows your progress on a graph. When you’re done with your run, bike, or hike, you can save your track with some details like activity data, the type of activity and some descriptions about the track. Upload your tracks to a Google Docs spreadsheet to produce a data base of your training and to see your progress.

We’re all familiar with push ups and how they can produce killer muscles, especially in the arms and back. But, actually doing them, or doing several of them, can be difficult without endless motivation or a personal trainer. Thanks to Push Ups, you won’t need to get a personal trainer, but you will need the motivation.

Push Ups promises to get you doing 50, 75, 100 or 125 push ups in a row. Think of Push Ups as your personal trainer living on your Android device. Push Ups adjusts your exercise regimen based on your feedback of how taxing individual exercises are. That way, you won’t have to strain yourself and you can work towards your continuous push ups over the span of days or weeks.

The app asks you how many push ups you’d like to be able to do in a row; choose from 50, 75, 100 and 125. From there, Push Ups will calculate for you how many sets of push ups you should be doing in a day. You can also see a bar measuring how close, or how far, you are from your push up goal. In no time, you’ll be packing a great set of arms that you can proudly show off.

Cardio Trainer

The heart is one of the most important parts of our body. Not taking good care of it can easily lead to heart ailments or worse. Cardio Trainer is a free weight loss trainer that can seamlessly track your indoor and outdoor activities. For those of you who easily forget your workout routines because of how busy you are, Cardio Trainer also has a feature that reminds you of when your workout schedule is. Monitor how much weight you’ve lost, as well as how many calories you’re burning.

Cardio Trainer integrates a lot of athletic abilities and can backup your data to your phone and to the cloud to prevent data loss. If you want to brag a little to your friends, or motivate others to join you in getting fit, Cardio Trainer allows you to post your progress on Facebook or Twitter. If you’ve got Polar’s Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor, Cardio Trainer supports it so you can monitor your heart rate from the palm of your hand.

How does your Android device help you stay healthy and fit?  Do you use any of these apps?  What apps do you use for keeping yourself fit?