If the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has taught us one thing, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is as important as it ever was. For a start, fitter, healthier people tend to suffer less severe effects if they contract the virus. Even if the effects are severe, maintaining a healthy lifestyle gives your body a fighting chance of recovering and doing so quickly.
Most of us lead busy lives that are not conducive to incorporating a fitness regime into our daily routines. We live in an age where we are constantly on the go and where digital products rule our lives. Why not put a positive spin on this and combine both factors by downloading one, two, or all three of these great fitness apps to your cell phone and use them to aid weight loss, improve fitness, and become healthier?
MyFitnessPal is one of the oldest fitness apps still available today. Albert Lee and Mike Lee founded the company in 2005, and it quickly grew to become a market leader. The Lees sold the company to athletic apparel maker, Under Armour, for $475 million in February 2015. No doubt you will have seen Under Armour-wearing sports stars playing for the teams listed on the best online betting sites in the world.
Surprisingly, Under Armour sold MyFitnessPal to Francisco Partners for $345 million in October 2020.
MyFitnessPal is an excellent app for tracking both your food intake and physical activity. Users can input their physical activity, and the app logs how many calories the exercise used.
Food tracking is where MyFitnessPal excels. It has a database of 11 million foods, each with a complete breakdown into the food’s calories, nutrients, and micro-nutrients, making it super-easy to keep abreast of your food intake. The majority of those foods can be scanned into the app using the packaging’s barcode.
Fitbit is the daddy of the fitness app world, thanks, in part, to Google owning the company. The company started life as Healthy Metrics Research Inc in March 2014 but changed to Fitbit in October 2007, probably because the new name is more catchy. Google loved the product so much that it paid $2.1 billion for it in January 2021.
More than 28 million Fitbit users have purchased more than 100 million devices from the company. Fitbit is not only a state-of-the-art tracking tool but produces some incredible wearable technology. As of March 2020, Fitbit was the fifth-largest wearable company on the planet.
Fitbit is an all-encompassing app that is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their health or at least monitor their bodily functions. Its affordable tech tracks physical activity; steps climbed, heart rate, and quality of sleep. Newer Fitbit tech even monitors stress, blood oxygen saturation and can even produce an ECG.
Of course, there is an extensive food database that allows you to see precisely what you are putting into your body. The free version is good enough for most users, but Fitbit Premium takes things to the next level.
Strava is another excellent fitness app. Mark Gainey and Michael Horvath launched Strava in 2009 with their main focus being runners and cyclists; Strava is aimed at the most exercise-intensive people.
The free-to-use app — there is a premium version too — uses GPS data to map and track your activity, which is why both runners and cyclists. Strava claims to turn every iPhone and Android device into a sophisticated running and cycling computer. It maps your exercise and breaks it down into dozens of statistics, including average pace, your heart rate, elevation, and much more.
The geniuses behind Strava have made it possible to link your activity from Fitbit to your Strava account. Combing both products is a great way to take your fitness to the next level.