Since the release of Android based smartphones, there has been an abundance of health and fitness applications released. Immediately when health and fitness are mentioned, the first things that come to mind are calorie counters and step counter style applications. On visiting the Android Market, it is obvious to see that the scope for these applications is far wider and more diverse than anyone could ever imagine.
Applications such as ‘First Aid’ which gives you illustrations and videos showing how to apply dressings and what to do in certain situations could actually prove to be a lifesaver whilst ‘Favourite Recipes’ takes a more relaxed approach to the health and fitness genre by giving you step by step recipes which meet the criteria that you have searched for. Other diverse applications include ‘Cancer Preventing Food’, ‘Sex Facts’ and ‘Blood Alcohol Calculator’, just to give you a feel of what is on offer. In short, there is really something for everyone.
If you have entered into the Health section of the Android Marketplace, there is a good chance that you will be looking at ways in which to manage your weight. This is where smartphones really do pay for themselves. By using the GPS function within the phone, you all of a sudden have a powerful pedometer which goes further than just counting steps. CardioTrainer by WorkSmart Labs is a great little Android Application which monitors things such as distance travelled, calories burnt and time taken. You can also analyse your workout on a minute by minute basis, easily identifying where you slowed down or sped up. All this information is also available online via a web browser so you can easily export the information into a spreadsheet for detailed analysis. Cardio Trainer is a free application but the full version can be bought for $2.99. The full application gives you extra features such as ‘Weight Loss Trainer’ and ‘Race Against Yourself’. This really is a high quality application and one which really should be installed on anyone’s smartphone who is interested in monitoring their distances.
‘Diet and Food Tracker’ by SparkPeople.com is a great little application which enables you to track over 1 million foods so that you can keep track of your calorie intake over a period of time. The first time you launch the application, you are asked a series of questions, such as your current weight and your ideal weight and date of birth. The software will then use this information to devise a personal plan for you so that you can lose the weight at a steady pace. Once the application has the necessary information, it will tell you how many calories you should be consuming each day as well as letting you know how many you should be burning off through physical activity. At this stage, you can start entering all of the foods you have consumed and you will quickly be able to see if you are consuming enough or too many calories. Reports are available so that you can see via graphs how many calories you are consuming against the target daily amount. This is a really comprehensive application but it does take a fair bit of time to key in all the correct information.
There are numerous variations of these two super applications on the Android Market. The beauty of the free applications is that you can try all of the variations and then stick with the one which is right for you.