Our smartphones are much more than just mere electronic devices to help us make calls and send text messages. They pack in speedy processors and super crisp displays to allow us watch movies and play console level games.
Their high-end camera sensors make it possible to capture detailed pictures, shoot slow-motion and time-lapse videos, which were only possible with high end DSLRs.
Besides, they also have built-in smart sensors such as accelerometer, gyroscope and some low-power movement sensors that can track how you're moving, identify how many steps you're taking, stairs you climb and how far you walk or run.
These sensors make them work as fitness trackers that also performs the same functions but have to be bought separately. You just need to install the apps that utilize your smartphone's sensor technology to track your physical activity.
Here we have compiled a list of top 5 smartphone apps that can easily replace those pricey fitness trackers. So without wasting any time, download these top fitness applications to achieve your fitness goals.
First in our list is Google Fit, which is one of the most simplified health app in the Play store. The app can track activities like running, walking, cycling, etc. and offers instant insights of how much calories did you burn throughout your physical routine.
And if you still want to rely on a fitness tracker, you would be happy to know that Google Fit is compatible with a list of fitness trackers, smartwatches as well as other fitness apps such as Nike+, MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper, etc.
Google Fit also gives personalized recommendations and coaching for reaching your defined activity goals.
One of the recent addition to Fitness apps, Fitso combines a GPS, an activity tracker, social feed integration and even offers personal trainer guidance to make you live a healthy lifestyle.
The inbuilt GPS tracker takes care of physical activity and the calorie counter offers you important insights. You can also create workout plans, watch how to videos and can indulge yourself in challenges to compete with other fitness freaks around the globe.
The app also allows you to share your fitness stories and hire a personalized coach starting from Rs 500.
What if you don't have a Fitbit band. You can download the Fitbit app that can count calories you burn, log your weight, and can also record other important health information, such as your glucose levels and blood pressure.
Map my fitness
This app is specially designed for users who indulge themselves in a number of physical activities. The app has an inbuilt GPS and tracks your physical activity while running, cycling, cross training, yoga, walking, gym workouts and a number of others. Besides, you can also sign up for a premium membership that makes app completely ad-free and adds new features such as heart rate analysis, audio coaching with personal training plans, and Live Tracking.
My Fitness Pal
It is said that you become what you eat. If you believe in the saying, then this is the app you should install on your smartphone. My Fitness pal has a huge repository of foods and drinks, over 5,000,000 foods around the world. You can easily track down the major nutrients such as calories, fat, protein, carbs, sugar, fiber, cholesterol, and more by logging in what you eat.
If you are lazy enough to log the details manually then you can utilize the built in Barcode scanner that can track a package food's nutrients just by scanning its barcode.
The application also has an inbuilt calorie counter to track the calories you burn throughout the day.