Get in shape with the 10 best Android fitness apps

Whatever your goals, skill level, or free time, these apps can help you get in better shape.

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Go mobile, get active

January may be the time that we set resolutions about working out and getting in better shape, but right about now—with spring in effect following a brutal winter for much of the country—is the time to actually keep them. And we’ve put together a starter kit of top Android fitness apps to help set you on the right track.

Whether you’re looking to pick up a new exercise routine, enhance the one you already have, or finally keep tabs on what’s going into your body, these apps should do the trick. They’ll motivate you in new ways, teach you fresh techniques, and show you what you’ve done so far—so you can go back out and crush your personal bests. Grab these apps and get started on a new and improved you.

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Google Fit

Think of Google Fit as the starting point for your fitness journey, whether you just want an easy way to keep track of steps and activity during the day, or if you need something that’ll play nice with more advanced trackers and third-party apps.

Fit is Google’s own platform, obviously, and it’ll automatically track your running, walking, and cycling activity via your phone’s accelerometer or an Android Wear watch. It also provides goals to hit, plus you can manually enter more than 100 different types of exercises and sports activities to properly track anything that gets you moving. And many other fitness apps can feed their data into Fit, letting you use it as a hub even if you prefer specialized apps for other needs. 

Google Fit (Free)

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RunKeeper

For more serious runners—or aspiring serious runners, even—RunKeeper provides a comprehensive package of tracking tools to help you meet your goals, follow your progress over time, and find workout plans best suited for your needs. It tracks your runs in real-time, letting you view your pace and progress while you move, as well as get audio updates via headphones.

And when you’re not running, you can view your routes and best times, see how far along you are in achieving your goals, and cheer on friends as you collectively better yourselves. An Elite subscription ($10/month or $40/year) is available for deeper stat tracking, advanced training plans, and personal goal coaching, but the free app will be plenty helpful enough for most users. 

RunKeeper (Free)

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Zombies, Run!

If you’re struggling to stick with a running plan, maybe you just need a different kind of motivation. How does the constant threat of ravenous, bloodthirsty zombies sound? For anyone who wants to role-play an extreme fitness scenario, Zombies, Run! serves up a piecemeal audio drama that plays while you run and might even make you go faster.

As Runner 5, a survivor amidst the zombie apocalypse, you’ll leave the home base in search of supplies and pick up essential items while the story unfolds. And if you’re up for some frantic scurrying, the optional zombie chases provide moments in which you’ll need to sprint to survive. The base app comes with 40 missions, with another 120+ available for purchase within.

Zombies, Run! ($3.99)

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MyFitnessPal

Exercising without also eating well can result in slow progress when it comes to losing weight and feeling better. You don’t necessarily need to be on a strict diet, but you should be aware of what you’re putting into your body and how much small changes can make a big difference. MyFitnessPal can help with that.

The app makes it easy to track the food and drinks you consume each day, with more than 5 million items listed in the database and optional bar code scanning for entry. Based on your weight, goals, and activity level, MyFitnessPal will tell you how many calories you should consume each day to lose a safe amount of weight, and offers charts and graphs that show the makeup of your diet.

Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal (Free)

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Seven

The seven-minute workout remains popular as a quick, reliable way to get an impactful daily sweat going no matter where you are, and there are numerous apps available to guide you through its motions. What makes Seven so especially useful, then? It’s gamified, turning the act of keeping up with the routine into its own addictive task.

If you’re the type to skip workouts without a second thought, Seven might set you right. You’ll start each month with three lives: skip a daily workout and you lose one. Blow all three before the month’s up and your digital progress is erased, keeping you from obtaining precious achievements for your hard work. They’re superficial benefits, but that extra layer could be huge motivation for some.

7 Minute Workout “Seven” (Free)

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YogaGlo

Are you a serious yogi who needs something more comprehensive than a visual guide of warm-ups? Conversely, are you still finding your way with yoga and feel intimidated by the prospect of a studio class? YogaGlo manages to appeal to both crowds, offering up more than 1700 video classes that span styles, lengths, and levels, so everyone can find exactly the kind of routine they need.

It comes at a price, however: YogaGlo is $18/month, which includes access via web and other devices, and there’s a free 15-day trial available. The Android app itself is actually quite basic, letting you view saved offline clips added to your library from web, but the quality of the content itself is unparalleled. And if you are new to yoga, it can be a helpful stepping-stone into regular studio practice.

YogaGlo Offline Viewing App (Free)

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C25K

If it’s been a long time since you’ve been out for a run—like, longer than just the winter—then the idea of running a 5K (just over three miles) may seem impossible. Shake off the doubts: you won’t get there immediately, but with the help of C25K (Couch to 5K), you should be able to work your way up to the distance in just eight weeks.

It’s an effective form of interval training that starts you slow—little spurts of jogging in between longer walking segments—and gradually increases the length and frequency of running segments over time. The audio alerts let you focus on the run without checking your phone, plus you can link in Spotify and other music apps to keep you moving. By the time you’re able to run a mile or more without stopping, finishing a full 5K won’t seem so tough. 

C25K – 5K Trainer Pro ($1.99)

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JEFIT Workout Tracker

For gym rats looking to track some heavy-duty lifting or serious strength training work, you’ll find a helpful ally with JEFIT Workout Tracker. It’s an ideal companion for strength-centric routines, automatically timing out your reps without requiring lots of mid-workout taps, plus it keeps track of everything and spits out detailed charts and benchmark-tracking graphs. 

And if you’re closer to the starting line of your strength-training journey, JEFIT is ready to welcome you into the fold by featuring more than 60 preset routines and another 2000+ provided by fellow community members. The app isn’t a looker, but you’ll probably forgive that once you start bench-pressing your body weight.

JEFIT Workout Tracker Gym Log (Free)

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Sworkit

It’s tough to stick to a workout plan amidst the rigors of life. Between work, family, and other obligations, you may wind up with mere minutes in a day to get moving. Don’t worry: Sworkit is ready to work with whatever you’ve got and provide just enough exercise to fill the amount of time you have.

Simply input your available time—from five to 60 minutes—and pick a style of exercise, and it’ll dynamically create a routine that you can jump into immediately. And what’s especially helpful is that it also has custom routines designed to work around specific injuries, focus on certain areas of your body, or deliver benefits for players of particular sports. That way, you can really make your time count.

Sworkit Lite – Workout Trainer (Free)

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7 Minute Superhero Workout

Yes, 7 Minute Superhero Workout is indeed another app focused on the titular, quick-hit routines, but it shares little in common with Seven beyond fundamental building blocks. Instead, this app is more akin to Zombies, Run!, which hails from the same developer: it’s designed to trick you into working out by entertaining and distracting you along the way. 

Instead of just doing crunches or punching air, you’re tasked with charging up a reactor or firing off laser blasts as an armor-clad superhero. Also, the app uses the front camera to recognize your reps along the way, saving you interruptions. While it uses the 7 Minute workout as inspiration, you’ll find a wider array of bodyweight exercises within, as well as optional longer routines. 

7 Minute Superhero Workout ($2.99)