Here’s to Your Health
In 2014,personal health and wellness, and the companies have been enhancing those apps ever since. Apple Health and Google Fit include essential tools like a pedometer, which uses the phone’s motion sensor to track your steps, but fitness and food apps can provide more detailed information. The and iOS operating systems. (It can also import health data from Wear OS, , and third-party apps.) In collaboration with the American Heart Association, Google Fit helps users set activity goals to earn “Heart Points” for better cardiovascular health. This year, Google announced that the app could also use the phone’s camera to measure heart and respiratory rates for informational purposes (but not as a medical diagnosis); phones were the first to get this function.
Get a New (Exercise) Routine
You have many options if you’re looking for a workout app for an exercise plan that goes beyond step-counting. Most of the popular programs are available for both Android and iOS. These include the Jefit Workout Planner and Skimble’s Workout Trainer; both offer guides to specific exercises and routines for small subscription fees. The Peloton app ($13 a month) offers video-driven workouts, and Google Fit has a curated list of free exercise videos on YouTube. The Apple Fitness+ service is $10 a month for those planted in the Apple ecosystem and requires an Apple Watch with your iPhone to monitor your vital signs.
Runners and cyclists wanting to measure their progress have a variety of apps to consider. For people on a budget or preferring to exercise at home, apps like Skimble’s Workout Trainer, far left, offer fitness routines and syncFit. Google Fit, near left, has a collection of free YouTube workout videos. For beginners, the $3 Couch to 5K app for stationary newbies to work up to a solid running routine. Runkeeper and MapMyRun use the phone’s location services to log and trace routes; both are free with in-app purchases. Cyclemeter and Strava are inexpensive apps tracking running, cycling, and more.
Keep a Food Diary
If you want to focus on dietary adjustments — eating more protein, consuming less sodium, shedding a few pandemic pounds — and don’t want to log food labels, consider a dedicated nutrition app manually. Many are free to download but offer keep a food diary of your day so you can see just how many calories you’re consuming. MyFitnessPal, near left, works similarly and has its nutritional information database. Lose It! focuses on calorie-counting and among the apps in this category and can share its data with Apple Health, Google Fit, and others. Lose It! has a vast nutritional information database for millions of items and can scan package labels to add new foods. MyFitnessPal is a similar program with a database of 11 million foods, a vast online community, and the ability to sync up and with 50 other fitness apps and devices.for personalized diet planning, community support, and other features. The Lose It! app, far left, prompts you to
Map Your Way
Your phone’s maps app can help you get more active in general. For example, enter “gyms near me” to see where you can get a workout or “hiking” to find nearby trails. Last year, both Apple Maps andfor urban cyclists, including biking routes in certain cities, the location of bike-sharing docks around town, and elevation information. In for Android and iOS, you can also tap the Layers button to see Cycling routes and the Terrain — so you can be prepared for any non-metaphorical uphill climbs on your journey.