Fitness at finger touch! Shape up now with these 5 awesome health apps

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Health apps are all the rage now. While there are hundreds of health and fitness apps on the market, the major smartphone makers are also pushing their own exclusive health apps, Apple’s Health app and Samsung’s S Health, for example. Meanwhile, Google has also launched Fit, available for Android devices. With smart watches now in the spotlight, health apps appear to be getting hipper by the day, and a crucial part of our `smart’ lives.

To help narrow your selection down, here are five  health apps we’ve handpicked especially for you. Make sure to send us your feedback!

Google Fit

Google Fit
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Let’s start with Google’s own health app. This Android exclusive app first appeared on Android Wear smartwatches, and was later introduced for smartphones. A simple app with a beautiful interface, the Google Fit automatically tracks activities such as walking, running and biking. You can manually add a number of activities such as horse riding, skating, aerobics and games. The app keeps track of your fitness goals over a day, a week and a month, and provides the corresponding stats.

Cost: Free

Available for Android & web


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Workouts are always better in a group. So it makes good sense to take up fitness activities as part of an online health and fitness community. Keeping this in mind, Cody has made health related activities `social’ by building a community around its fitness platform.

With the Cody app, you can connect with people who like and comment on your daily workout. Moreover, they share workout particulars and vital tips, actually making it fun to track the progress of your health on your timeline.

Cost: Free (Offers in-app purchases)

Available for: iOS & Android

Noom Coach: Weight Loss Plan

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Apart from being a pedometer, Noom Coach acts as a nutrition guide. The app provides a daily weight loss plan, letting you log in your trainings and food intake. A colour-coded food database helps you understand your diet. In addition, this app offers informative articles on health and nutrition.

Cost: Free. (Offers in-app purchases)

Available for: iOS & Android

Runtastic Running & Fitness

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The Runtastic suite has several individual apps in its basket: Running & Fitness, Heart Rate, Six Pack Abs Workout, Push-Ups Trainer, Pedometer and many more that cater to different levels and needs. You can browse through Runtastic’s apps here.

Among them, the Running & Fitness app focuses on activities such as running, jogging, biking and walking, using the GPS to map and track your activities. Runtastic allows you to socialise your activities by becoming part of its community of health enthusiasts. Apart from selling health devices called Orbit, Runtastic also supports its apps on Android Wear.

Cost: Free (Offers in-app purchases)

Available for: iOS, Android, Windows Phone & BlackBerry

HealthifyMe Calorie Counter

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If you want an India-based fitness tracker, go for HealthifyMe. It features a calorie counter for hundreds of regional food items, supports regional languages, and allows in-app purchases. As a premium user, you get voice and photo tracking features. Moreover, the app lets you consult certified nutritionists and trainers on the phone.

Cost: Free (Offers in-app purchases)

Available for: iOS & Android