Top App-Based Fitness Trackers

If you’ve got a smartphone in your pocket or your bag, you’re likely aware of how useful it can be. It’s not just a device for texting or calling – you can use it to record voice notes, play games, write to-do lists and more, all thanks to apps. But these days, app designer attention is turning from flashy puzzle games to something a little more health-focused: fitness trackers. With so many options to choose from, anyone with access to apps can quickly and easily begin tracking their physical progress – not to mention the fact that having fitness tracker apps installed means you can save money by not having to purchase wearable tech.

Now for the big question: which app-based fitness tracker program do you choose? Depending on your device, there may already be fitness monitoring apps installed (for example, the current iPhone operating system has the Health Kit app as a default program, and Android has Google Fit). But if you’re just beginning your cardio-tracking journey, you’re going to want to start by choosing some of the best apps.

Take a look at our picks for the top app-based fitness trackers out there:

7 MapMyFitness

6 Strava

5 Endomondo

4 Fitbit

3 Runkeeper

2 Nike+

1 MyFitnessPal

If keeping your calories under control is a higher priority than hitting the gym, you can get the best of both worlds with MyFitnessPal. The app puts a spotlight on tracking what you eat and drink throughout the day, and has an extensive library of food that can be used to calculate the total caloric load of your meals. However, it also serves as a fitness tracker, albeit one with a focus on burning off those calories that you’ve logged. “Users can also record exercises, done during the day, and the app will record the number of calories burned. Wondering if your run worked off that breakfast burrito? MyFinessPal will let you know,” says Greatist. MyFitnessPal may be a bare bones app, but it’s free to download and does double duty as a food log and exercise tracker.

If you’ve got a smartphone in hand and you’re looking for ways to up your physical activity, give one of the above fitness-tracking apps a try – you don’t need to strap on a costly wearable wristband, and in many cases you only have to tap a few buttons to start tracking your movements. It could be the exercise jumpstart you need to try something new and different.

Are you using any apps to record your fitness? Which ones?

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