From apps to wearable tech, there’s been a surge in technology for tracking your fitness and health. With hundreds of options to choose from, it’s difficult to find the technology that fits your needs and lifestyle. Need help figuring out which apps and websites to use? Here are some of our favorite innovations in fitness tech:
Fitbit: This popular, wearable activity tracker puts a full health profile at your fingertips. It tracks the number of steps you take each day, the amount of sleep you get and offers a look into the number of calories you burn as well. Just clip it onto your clothing (or an elastic armband while sleeping) and carry on with your day as usual. The popular products – including the FitBit Zip, Flex and One range anywhere from $59 to $99.
The best part? All of your tracking data is uploaded to the Fitbit database and can be viewed on your personal Fitbit account, making tracking your fitness, sleep and eating patterns easier than ever.
Basis: Basis is similar to Fitbit, but more expensive, running upwards of $200. That said, you do get more bang for your buck. Loaded with sensors, this device can measure sleep patterns, heart rate and workout intensity based on skin temperature and heat dissipation. It can even tell you how much you sweat. Combine this with a dashboard that allows users to view information like calories burned, steps taken, your resting heart rate and hours slept, and this device will become your perfect fitness companion.
Map My Run: Map My Run is a part of Map My Fitness, a collection of fitness-oriented websites and apps that allow users to track and store their running, cycling, walking and hiking activity, as well as access a considerable database of international routes, fitness calculators, event listings and nutrition tracking tools.
If you run with your smartphone, Map My Run is a must-download. Simple to use, the app will track your miles, elevation and speed. It’ll even give you voice updates to let you know how you’re doing.
EveryMove: Already pretty active? Sync your workouts with EveryMove and get sweet prizes from brands that want to cheer you on. The app also syncs with many popular apps you may already be using – like MapMyFitness and FitBit – making tracking automatic.
Tracking your physical activity can even get you rewards from your health plan. For instance, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington offers its members a gift card for accumulating points using EveryMove.
Zombies, Run! 2: If you’re looking for a little extra motivation during your run, Zombies, Run! 2 is a great app that pairs exercise and video games. Turn on the app and you’ll turn your regular run into a sprint from zombies. Move fast, or you’ll end up a zombie’s next meal.
Serve it Up!: Looking for new healthy recipes? Serve it Up is a great way to keep track of your nutrition and find new ideas for healthy meals. Tracking foods is super simple – just scan a product barcode or search by name. The app also keeps track of items you’ve scanned in the past, lets you share and browse recipes, and provides fun food facts and healthy eating tips. Grocery shopping will never be the same.
Thryve: If you’re tired of counting calories, try this stress-free app that helps you track what you eat and how you feel. The app breaks down meals into individual ingredients, and a chart shows you how you’re tracking against important food groups. Based on what you’ve been eating, it will recommend foods you may need more of in your diet. Perfect for meal planning!
With all of the health and fitness apps out there, we’ve surely overlooked a few of your favorites. Let us know about those in the comments below. We’d love to hear about new resources.