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fitness appsOct, 13 2015

5 fitness apps responsible of clearing crowd from gyms

With the advancement in the Internet of Things and machine-to-machine technology, it is no surprise that the mobile health market has experienced a healthy boost in value.

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With the overflow of fitness apps in the market, it is extremely difficult to select the apt one to take forward a workout regime. To resolve the issue of selecting the right apps to kick a healthy routine, research arm MindShift Metrics has analaysed these Top 5 Android Fitness apps which may encourage and help the users to make their own fitness routine.

1. Myfitnesspal is a fitness application that tracks users’ diet and helps keep a count of ones’ exercise pattern and calorie intake. The app tracks calorie intake and exercise pattern of the user and provides information with regards to a food item and its calorie content.  Over 5,000,000 food database, barcode scanner to track food, automatic sync-up of Web and mobile versions to keep an updated personal diary for users are the few highlight points of the apps.

Downloaded by about 10 million fitness enthusiasts so far, the app has bagged 4.6 rating out of 5.

User Interface: Easy to access menus, high resolution images, easy sign up

Compatibility: iOS, Android, Blackberry & Windows

Social Media Presence: Twitter, Facebook & Google+

Version: Only free version available

2. Runtastic provides sports tracking and management solution for all, regardless of age and workout experience. Designed to simple facilitate fitness freaks, the app maps workouts with GPS and monitors exercise progress. It has a personal workout diary which provides advanced statistics and graphs. The app showcases the users’ live workouts in 3D with the help of Google earth. Individual can set calorie, distance or pace goal to optimize training and can listen to music via the app from music library or other services like Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud within the app. The app may also control with android wear and provides post-exercise summary.

The app is downloaded by about 10 million fitness enthusiasts so far and has bagged 4.5 rating out of 5.

User Interface: Simple Navigation, Easy access of menus

Compatibility: Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS & Windows

Social Media Presence: Facebook and Twitter

Version: Free and PRO versions available

3. Workout Trainer has a large selection of workout techniques, be it getting off the couch or cross-training for the next fitness competition. It keeps a track of the users’ calorie intake and workouts, shares detailed information on relevant calorie intake and provides audio instructions and progress cues during workouts. It has instructional photos and videos that explain each move in detail. The free virtual fitness consultation wizard for a customized experience allows users to create and edit workouts. Home screen widget shares a new workout every day and has a strong community of exercisers (15 million). One can try new and recommended workouts from the community

The app is downloaded by about 10 million fitness enthusiasts so far and has bagged 4.2 rating out of 5.

User Interface: Simple instruction manuals, Easy to access workout tasks, Home screen widget to directly take to new workout tasks everyday

Compatibility: iOS and Android

Social Media Presence: Facebook and Twitter

Version: Free and PRO versions available

4. Google Fit is a health-tracking platform developed by Google. Google Fit uses sensors in a user's mobile device or activity tracker to record physical fitness activities like walking or cycling, which are measured against the user's fitness goals to provide a comprehensive view of their fitness. The calorie and exercise tracker also sets goals based on calories distance or duration. It connects third party devices and apps to Fit and every fitness data will be stored in Google Fit.

The app is downloaded by about 5 million fitness enthusiasts and has bagged 4 rating out of 5.

User Interface: Easy to use and to navigate, Sign up using existing Google Account

Compatibility: Android

Social Media Presence: Facebook and Twitter

Version: Only free version available

5. Virtuagym Fitness-Home & Gym is equipped with over 2500 exercises and many pre-made workouts which can be done at home or in the gym. It contains a 3D—animated personal trainer and a continuously growing exercise database. It also helps in tracking workouts and calories and shares information on ideal intake of calories. The app consists of written exercise instructions and provides workout reminders. The users of the app may earn rewards for exercising, tracks users progress and set personal goals.

The app is downloaded by 5 million users and has bagged 4.1 rating out of 5.

User Interface: Lag free while switching to videos, 3D animated videos makes the app more interactive

Compatibility: iOS and Android

Social media presence: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Version: Free and PRO versions available

MindShift Recommendations: Myfitnesspal and Runtastic are the most consumer preferred apps due to their easy user interface and unique features. Myfitnesspal and Google Fit are the most preferred apps for marketers due to the multiple advertising options they provide along with the fact that they do not provide Paid versions (which restrict ads). Integration with other apps is a nice way to retain the attention of the users on the app for a long time. Eg. ‘Runtastic’ allows users to play other services like Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud within the app. Also music adds the entertainment value to the entire user experience.

Syncing app with Google helps users to get a back-up of the entire data they would have stored on the app. Runtastic has this feature embedded

Having an option for Social Sharing would be a win-win situation for both apps and consumers. While fitness freaks can share their exercise related experiences/benchmarks with their friends on Social Media, app achieve the required recognition

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