Google has just reported that Health and Fitness is the largest growing category of apps in the industry.
If you’re coming late to the party, mobile apps are small software applications that are can be installed on iPhones and phones that run Android operating systems. They can do everything from teaching your favorite toddler colors to identifying the constellation of stars you are currently standing under.
With a hundred thousand apps to choose from, how do you know what to install?
According to Google, diet tracking was the most popular type of app downloaded. A number of apps also guide you through workouts with video and instruction. Some apps provide daily inspiration or coaching. Since Android accounts for 81 percent of all smartphone shipments, we’ve focused on android apps, but you’ll want to explore Google Play for android apps or the App Store for iPhone.
Meanwhile, here are three free apps from Google that we think are worth the download:
1) Water Your Body:
What’s the number one health advice for almost every health issue? Drink more water!
According to the CDC, water is essential for keeping the body functioning:
- Water keeps our temperature normal.
- Water lubricates and cushions joints.
- Water protects the spinal cord and other sensitive tissues.
- Water gets rid of wastes.
The Water Your Body app reminds you to drink water every day and tracks your water drinking habits.
2) Instant Heart Rate:
This award-winning app helps you optimize your exercise and keep track of your heart rate. According to the creators, “Accuracy is constantly tested by fitness coaches, nurses, doctors, EMTs and 5 million users….” The app uses your phone’s camera to track color changes on the fingertip that are directly linked to your pulse.
3) Runtastic Pedometer
One of the best and most often recommended forms of exercise is simply walking. It is said that 10,000 steps a day is all that the human body needs to stay healthy without gaining weight. How close to you come to 10,000 steps? An app that uses the geo-sensors on your phone can tell you.
There are a number of pedometer apps that will help you track how many steps you’ve taken. Whether you use one to motivate yourself to take the stairs or park farther from the grocery store or to begin a full-fledged training program, having an accurate record can help you stay on track.
This is one of the most popular free ones. It automatically records steps when carried in a pocket or purse and can convert your steps into calories burned for use in diet tracking.