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My Top 5 Favorite, Free, Health and Fitness Android Apps

Posted Jan 15 2011 12:37pm
I have waited and waited and waited for Verizon to carry the iPhone. And finally! It's here! And guess what? I'm totally not getting it. Because I love the Android OS and my HTC Droid Incredible. I know that the Android Market only offers a fraction of what's available in iTunes in terms of quantity but thus far I've found that 200,000+ choices and growing is plenty for me.

In addition to my most used faves: google voice search, gmail, twitter, Kindle and google maps I also love these health and fitness apps and use many of them daily
1. RunKeeper Pro
I love runkeeper and recently had the chance to download the Pro version of the app for free. It uses GPS to track your fitness activities, including distance, time, pace, calories, heart rate, and path traveled on a map. The pro version also provides audio cues and coaching, customized interval workouts, manual entry for treadmill and other cardio equipment and integrates with RunKeeper FitnessClasses. I use it for all my outdoor runs and now I can use it for all my treadmill runs, elliptical sessions, spin classes, etc.

2. Calorie Counter by FatSecret 
This is a simple tool to find all the Calorie and Nutrition Facts for the foods you eat. More than that, it lets you input foods manually if you can't find them in the gigantic database AND it has a barcode scanner so you can just scan the barcode of, say, your Lara bar and it will add the info. Super easy and comprehensive way to track your daily intake.

3. Interval Training Timer
I don't have one of those awesome Gymboss interval timers. If Gymboss would like to send me one I will totally use it and write about it, but in the meantime I use this app on my phone. It allows you to set your own training schedule with number of rounds, ready, round, rest, and relax times. You can also import, export, download and upload your training plans but I just use it for basic intervals. It doesn't have a nice loud beep between intervals, but I wear the phone on my forearm and it does the job.

4. Restaurant Nutrition
I don't use this one daily, but I'm definitely the type of person who likes to check the online menu of a restaurant and decide precisely what I'm going to order long before I even agree to go there. The Restaurant Nutrition app shows nutritional information of restaurant foods. - Over 100 restaurants, 15,000 food items - with weekly updates and a map feature to find nearby restaurant locations.

5. Amazon MP3
Ok, maybe it seems like a stretch to call this a "health and fitness app", but I seriously use this the most at the gym. If I leave Spin class and want a song that totally kept me pumped during a cycle spring, I just hit this app. You can download music from Amazon MP3 right from your phone and then immediately add them to a playlist. There are also other Android apps that integrate with it such as iMeem and Shazam. The best part is the music is DRM-Free music downloads so you can listen to them on any device without restrictions or extra cost like Apple’s iTunes Store.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to do some interval work at the gym!
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