Best health & fitness apps of 2020

Which are the best health & fitness apps of 2020?

Best health & fitness apps of 2020 (1 - 5)
health and fitness app comparison
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health and fitness app comparison
Comparison winner
Garmin Connect Mobile
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Huawei Health
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Samsung S Health
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MapMyFitness
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Mi Fit
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Polar Flow
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MyKronoz
Comparison winner
Runtastic Pro
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Runtastic Road Bike
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Fitbit
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Garmin Connect Mobile
100points
Huawei Health
80points
Samsung S Health
80points
MapMyFitness
74points
Mi Fit
73points
Polar Flow
65points
MyKronoz
64points
Runtastic Pro
64points
Runtastic Road Bike
62points
Fitbit
60points
Summary
Summary
  • General info (96)
  • Activity tracking (100)
  • Activity reports (100)
  • Nutrition tracking (50)
  • Social features (75)
  • Features (55)
  • General info (100)
  • Activity tracking (90)
  • Activity reports (100)
  • Nutrition tracking (33)
  • Social features (50)
  • Features (36)
  • General info (61)
  • Activity tracking (70)
  • Activity reports (100)
  • Nutrition tracking (100)
  • Social features (75)
  • Features (55)
  • General info (72)
  • Activity tracking (80)
  • Activity reports (80)
  • Nutrition tracking (67)
  • Social features (50)
  • Features (64)
  • General info (78)
  • Activity tracking (80)
  • Activity reports (100)
  • Nutrition tracking (33)
  • Social features (25)
  • Features (36)
  • General info (61)
  • Activity tracking (85)
  • Activity reports (80)
  • Nutrition tracking (0)
  • Social features (50)
  • Features (27)
  • General info (90)
  • Activity tracking (70)
  • Activity reports (80)
  • Nutrition tracking (0)
  • Social features (25)
  • Features (27)
  • General info (65)
  • Activity tracking (70)
  • Activity reports (60)
  • Nutrition tracking (0)
  • Social features (75)
  • Features (55)
  • General info (64)
  • Activity tracking (70)
  • Activity reports (60)
  • Nutrition tracking (0)
  • Social features (75)
  • Features (36)
  • General info (67)
  • Activity tracking (60)
  • Activity reports (100)
  • Nutrition tracking (77)
  • Social features (50)
  • Features (55)
Pros
Pros
  • Elevation tracking
  • Support for widgets
  • Weight tracking
  • App personalization
  • Body mass index (BMI) tracking
  • Voice feedback
  • Support for widgets
  • App personalization
  • Body mass index (BMI) tracking
  • Support for widgets
  • Weight tracking
  • Body mass index (BMI) tracking
  • Voice feedback
  • Water intake tracking
  • Photo capture
  • Elevation tracking
  • Weight tracking
  • Voice feedback
  • Barcode scanner
  • Support for widgets
  • Weight tracking
  • App personalization
  • Body mass index (BMI) tracking
  • Elevation tracking
  • Support for widgets
  • App personalization
  • Elevation tracking
  • Voice feedback
  • Live tracking
  • Elevation tracking
  • Voice feedback
  • Live tracking
  • Weight tracking
  • Water intake tracking
  • Barcode scanner
Cons
Cons
      • Favorite routes
      • Ad-free
      • Exercise tagging
      • Coaching
      • Sleep reports
      • Favorite routes
      • Measures pace
      • Social network integration
      • Music playback
      • Achievements
      • Favorite routes
      • Coaching
      • Achievements
      • Social features
      • Free app
      • Exercise tagging
      • Sleep reports
      • Online portal
      • Exercise tagging
      • Coaching
      • Sleep reports
      • Online portal
      • Favorite routes
      • Measures pace
      • Coaching
      General info
      Ad-freeAdverts can be distracting and obtrusive. Apps and blogs without ads are more aesthetically pleasing, nicer to use, and make the content stand out.
      Ad-freeAdverts can be distracting and obtrusive. Apps and blogs without ads are more aesthetically pleasing, nicer to use, and make the content stand out.
      App personalizationYou can personalize the appearance of the app - for example, choosing a different theme or colors.
      App personalizationYou can personalize the appearance of the app - for example, choosing a different theme or colors.
      Compatible with AndroidIt is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.
      Compatible with AndroidIt is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.
      Free appYou can download the app for free, from platforms such as Google Play or the App Store.
      Free appYou can download the app for free, from platforms such as Google Play or the App Store.
      Support for widgetsYou can add widgets to the home screen. This allows you to have more flexibility and to see information at a glance, without going into the app.
      Support for widgetsYou can add widgets to the home screen. This allows you to have more flexibility and to see information at a glance, without going into the app.
      Total score for "General info"
      Total score for "General info"
      Activity tracking
      Counter for calories burnedThis is useful if you are on a strict training diet or if you are trying to lose weight. It can also help to boost your motivation.
      Counter for calories burnedThis is useful if you are on a strict training diet or if you are trying to lose weight. It can also help to boost your motivation.
      Distance trackingIt tracks how far you travel.
      Distance trackingIt tracks how far you travel.
      Elevation trackingIt can detect changes in elevation, such as when you are climbing stairs.
      Elevation trackingIt can detect changes in elevation, such as when you are climbing stairs.
      Exercise taggingAfter exercising, you can add details about your workout (e.g., jogging, swimming, cycling). This enables the device to provide more accurate information, such as the number of calories burnt.
      Exercise taggingAfter exercising, you can add details about your workout (e.g., jogging, swimming, cycling). This enables the device to provide more accurate information, such as the number of calories burnt.
      Measures paceMeasuring pace shows how much time it takes to travel one kilometer or one mile. For example, in running, a 4 minute kilometer would be a very good pace.
      Measures paceMeasuring pace shows how much time it takes to travel one kilometer or one mile. For example, in running, a 4 minute kilometer would be a very good pace.
      Total score for "Activity tracking"
      Total score for "Activity tracking"
      Activity reports
      AchievementsYou are awarded achievements for reaching goals, helping to encourage you and keep you motivated.
      AchievementsYou are awarded achievements for reaching goals, helping to encourage you and keep you motivated.
      Activity reportsYour activity data is analysed to give you reports, available to view through the app or website. This allows you to see how active you have been and to help you make improvements.
      Activity reportsYour activity data is analysed to give you reports, available to view through the app or website. This allows you to see how active you have been and to help you make improvements.
      Goal settingAllows you to set your own goals, such as reaching 15,000 steps in a single day.
      Goal settingAllows you to set your own goals, such as reaching 15,000 steps in a single day.
      Online portalYour tracking data is uploaded via your smartphone or computer, and is available to view on the manufacturer’s online portal in the form of reports and graphs.
      Online portalYour tracking data is uploaded via your smartphone or computer, and is available to view on the manufacturer’s online portal in the form of reports and graphs.
      Sleep reportsYour sleep data is analysed to give you a report, available to view through the app or website. This allows you to see the quality of your sleep and to help you make improvements.
      Sleep reportsYour sleep data is analysed to give you a report, available to view through the app or website. This allows you to see the quality of your sleep and to help you make improvements.
      Total score for "Activity reports"
      Total score for "Activity reports"
      Nutrition tracking
      Barcode scannerThe app supports scanning food barcodes using the camera. It checks a food database and adds the item based on its barcode, allowing you to quickly and easily track your calorie intake.
      Barcode scannerThe app supports scanning food barcodes using the camera. It checks a food database and adds the item based on its barcode, allowing you to quickly and easily track your calorie intake.
      Body mass index (BMI) trackingBMI (body mass index) is a measurement of body shape determined by the person’s height and weight. Being able to track your BMI is useful as you can track your progress in achieving the ideal weight for your height.
      Body mass index (BMI) trackingBMI (body mass index) is a measurement of body shape determined by the person’s height and weight. Being able to track your BMI is useful as you can track your progress in achieving the ideal weight for your height.
      Recipe ideasIt will suggest recipes to you, making it easier to eat healthily.
      Recipe ideasIt will suggest recipes to you, making it easier to eat healthily.
      Water intake trackingYou can use it to log the water you drink throughout the day. Drinking enough water is essential to your well-being, with the European Food Safety Authority recommending that women drink about 1.6l per day and men drink 2l per day.
      Water intake trackingYou can use it to log the water you drink throughout the day. Drinking enough water is essential to your well-being, with the European Food Safety Authority recommending that women drink about 1.6l per day and men drink 2l per day.
      Weight trackingYou can input your weight data, making it easier to track changes.
      Weight trackingYou can input your weight data, making it easier to track changes.
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      Total score for "Nutrition tracking"
      Social features
      GeotaggingYou can tag your photos/videos at the specific location where you took them. This gives you another way to organise them, and also makes them more discoverable by other people.
      GeotaggingYou can tag your photos/videos at the specific location where you took them. This gives you another way to organise them, and also makes them more discoverable by other people.
      Photo captureYou can take photos during your workouts. Photos can be saved to your route maps and viewed later.
      Photo captureYou can take photos during your workouts. Photos can be saved to your route maps and viewed later.
      Live trackingYou can share your workout progress live, for example allowing your friends to see where you are on your running route.
      Live trackingYou can share your workout progress live, for example allowing your friends to see where you are on your running route.
      Social featuresFriends using the same app can be integrated with your account, allowing you to compete with them. This increases your motivation and makes it more enjoyable.
      Social featuresFriends using the same app can be integrated with your account, allowing you to compete with them. This increases your motivation and makes it more enjoyable.
      Social network integrationIt allows you to share information to popular social networks.
      Social network integrationIt allows you to share information to popular social networks.
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      Total score for "Social features"
      Features
      Cloud syncingYour data is synced to the cloud, making it easier to access across different devices and making sure it is always backed up in case you lose your device.
      Cloud syncingYour data is synced to the cloud, making it easier to access across different devices and making sure it is always backed up in case you lose your device.
      CoachingThe app can determine the best way for you to progress in your exercise, and offers coaching advice.
      CoachingThe app can determine the best way for you to progress in your exercise, and offers coaching advice.
      Favorite routesYou can create or find existing routes to sync to the app.
      Favorite routesYou can create or find existing routes to sync to the app.
      Voice feedbackIt has voice feedback during your workouts, helping you stay up-to-date on your progress and encouraging you as you exercise.
      Voice feedbackIt has voice feedback during your workouts, helping you stay up-to-date on your progress and encouraging you as you exercise.
      Music playbackYou can listen to your own music when working out. This can make exercising more enjoyable and motivate you to push yourself further.
      Music playbackYou can listen to your own music when working out. This can make exercising more enjoyable and motivate you to push yourself further.
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      Total score for "Features"

      How to choose the best health and fitness app

      Wearable devices have become more and more popular recently, making it easy to monitor your activity and health using fitness and activity trackers. From watching your daily steps, your calories, to tracking your intensive workouts, having a healthy lifestyle is the new trend. Since we already have our phone with us 24/7, the best way to become a healthier you is with the help of a fitness and health app. Whether you want to track your daily steps, or your calories, lose weight, have a better sleep and work out, health and fitness apps can help you. But how to choose from this big variety of fitness apps and which are actually the best fitness apps for Android or iOS? There is Fitbit vs. MyFitnessPal and many others that focus on different features. The right health and fitness app for you, mostly depends on what you need it for. We have compiled a list of important features that will inform and help you find your ideal assistant.

      1. Types of apps

      There are basically two major kinds of fitness apps. The ones that are generally more focused on tracking your fitness activity and the apps which focus more on monitoring your health. Continue here, if your focus is on fitness and workouts, or jump over the fitness part and continue with health monitoring features.

      1.1 Fitness Apps
      Fitness apps are mainly focused on activity tracking, so basically every app tracks the number of steps and the distance you walk every day. More advanced apps track activities, like cycling and swimming, as well as a big quantity of data, which is very important for your activity reports. Endomondo or Cyclemeter for iOS are good examples. Cyclemeter is not only for cycling enthusiasts but also tracks with high accuracy, a big amount of data when running and walking. For running and cycling enthusiasts, Strava might also be interesting, monitoring data like: distance, speed, heart rate, power, cadence, elevation and calories burned, with very simple graphics. Of course, the more activities the app can track, the more variety you will have. Now:
      Some apps offer special kind of workouts, depending on how fit you are and how much time you have. There are for example longer workouts, in case you have more time, and the 5 or 7 minute workouts for a quick everyday exercise, like 7 Minute Workout is focused on. Some apps, like the J&J Official 7 Minute Workout, adjust their level of difficulty, based on how fit you are, after having asked you a few question on your health and reason to work out. Apps like FitStar, Nike+Training Club and Sworkit have customizable fitness programmes, with various types of workouts for different goals and time spans, as well as workouts without equipment. The Couch to 5K offers, for example, an 8 weeks program, with three workouts per week to boost your fitness.

      If heart rate is important to you, or you have a fitness tracker that can monitor your heart rate, an app that accesses and shows you the information, might be interesting for you. One app that is focused on this feauture is the Wahoo Fitness App, that monitors distance, time, pace, tracks runs, cycling, and other workouts. If you want to keep track of your daily improvements, an exercise diary, where your exercises and results are saved in the app, can be helpful (StrongLifts 5x5, MapMyFitness)

      Workout and music
      If you are looking for something that can give you a little motivation boost every time you workout, the workout music feature might be interesting for you. There are fitness apps that allow you to play your own music while working out, like Runtastic ProAccupedo Pedometer and the Nike+Running and there are music apps with a fitness feature, helping you find your beat within the workout. For instance, the app Motion Traxx and RockMyRun can find and play you music that has the same beat or fits perfectly to your workout and RockmyRun can even adjust the speed of a song’s beat to your cadence level.

      Coaching
      Another way of motivation can also be a personal trainer or a coaching feature. Some apps have a coach or training plans that tell you, for example, how far you are in your workout (Endomondo) or show you the exercises you have to repeat (Daily Yoga, Sworkit, Blogilates). These features are not enough to motivate you? Then check out the social features below for more innovative and motivating fitness apps.

      1.2 Fitness apps with health monitoring features

      Fitness apps with health monitoring features count your calories, track your weight and track your sleep. Some even have a food diary that helps you keeping track of your diet.
      Apps that count calories you have eaten and are able to count the calories you burned, can exactly tell you how much you need to exercise to burn the calories you consumed. Especially if you want to lose weight, this is an ideal feature. One app that offers this is, for example, the iOS MyFitnessPal calorie counter app, which is according to an Application Resource Center report, the best rated nutrition app in the U.S. It is also compatible with a lot of fitness trackers, which makes the tracking easier. The Fitbit app also tracks your weight and calories, as well as data, like your blood pressure and glucose levels. Other apps that focus on eating habits, food, calorie count and losing weight are Lifesum, DietBet and Noom Coach, that feature challenges to lose weight, reminders and a stoplight technique which is used by Noom coach.

      Sleep tracking
      An important feature of health and fitness apps is the sleep tracking, whether because of sleeping problems, or simply, for getting to know your sleep better. According to scientist the best sleep trackers have to be in a hardware form, so that they are in contact with the body and even better, with the skin. In addition to a wristband or under-the-sheet sensor, you need an app for tracking and showing you your sleeping data. Good sleep tracking apps monitor the time it takes you to fall asleep, awakenings, snoring and the resting heart rate, often detected by movements caused by your heartbeat and respiration. The UP by Jawbone shows you the time needed to fall asleep, awakenings and light and deep sleep phases. The Withings Health Mate, which gets data from the Withings Pulse armband or the company’s Aura Sleep System, keeps track of heart rate and breathing cycles and shows you, what wakes you up and allows you to compare the different nights of sleep. It also contains a feature that can wake you up, when you are in your light sleep.

      1.3 Apps for women - period tracking apps

      There is also a special kind of apps that are just for women, keeping track of a woman's health and period. This can be a very useful tool if you are for example trying to have a baby or if you decided to have a natural kind of contraception. The best rated app in this field is the Period Calendar/Tracker by Abishkking, that is an iOS app. Other Apps are Glow and Clue, which, additional to periods patterns, monitor rate sex, birth control pills, pain, moods, ovulation, fertility and cervical fluid.

      2. Social features

      You are rarely motivated to go out and do sports? Don’t worry, because there are some apps with innovative ideas, which motivate you to stay fit, like the Charity Miles app (android & iOS), where money is donated for charity for every mile you run, cycle or walk, where a simple workout will make you feel good. Or the app “Zombies, run”, where you have to carry out a mission, save lives, collect materials for your camp and run for your life.
      Competitive apps like Strava could also be a fun motivation, since you can compete with your friends, who are using the app, in sports like cycling and running. The app would calculate the data and tell everyone who the winner is.
      Other apps with a social network integration is the Nike+Training Club app, where you can share your capabilities to compare your progress with other users and the Endomondo app, where you can challenge your friends.
      Endomondo and Pact, for example, are also apps, that have a live tracking feature.
      With this feature you can have your cycling and running tracked live and with a sensor, that transmits data, such as ANT+, Bluetooth, or Bluetooth Smart, you can share your workout progress live and for example allow your friends to see where you are on your running route. Other apps with live tracking are the Runkeeper, the MapMyFitness app and the Garmin Fit app, which tracks live the position and Power, Cadence, Heart Rate and Speed.

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