No matter how committed you are, making healthy choices on a daily basis can often feel like a chore. While having support is crucial to staying on track, you don’t need a fancy gym membership or even a personal trainer to keep you accountable. You really don’t even need a wearable tracker.
If you are trying to be more active, track your workouts or meals, increase your daily steps, or burn more calories, all you really need is something that can conveniently fit in your pocket – your smartphone.
As of January 2017, 2.2 million mobile apps were available to download for various iOS devices. With so many options available, apps go in and out of style in just a couple months. In such an over-saturated market, it’s tough to know which apps are worth the memory space. Well, we did the work so you don’t have to. Read on to learn which fitness apps Naked team members can’t live without.
MapMyRun – Stanton Chan, Program Manager
Photo courtesy of MapMyRun.com.
I love using MapMyRun to create routes for my trail runs. It’s a great way to figure out distances and elevation before tackling a run for the first time!
Android: Free with in-app purchases ranging from $5.99 to $29.99 per item.
iPhone: Free with in-app purchases ranging from $5.99 to $59.99 per item.
MapMyRun allows you the ability to discover the best running routes while tracking/mapping your current run. You can also get feedback and stats to improve your future performance. On MapMyRun, you have the ability to log over 600+ activities including gym workouts, cross training, and yoga – and it connects seamlessly to your favorite wearables, like Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin, and Jawbone.
Runtastic – Manuel, Computer Vision Engineer
Runtastic's Apple Watch offering. Photo courtesy of Graham Bower/Cult of MAC.
I like Runtastic because it is easy to use, simple, and it allows me to keep track of my runs.
Android: Free with in-app purchases ranging from $0.10 to $59.99 per item
iPhone: Free with in-app purchases ranging from $0.99 to $49.99 per item
Runtastic is an activity tracker that logs your running, jogging, walking, cycling, and other fitness activities. It charts your speed, elevation, heart rate, distance, duration, pace, and calories burned. You can even link up with your fellow Runtastic members for a little friendly competition for bragging rights.
The app also offers many different training programs for HIIT, weight loss, 5k, and–our personal favorite–bikini body prep. Just keep in mind, the training programs are only available to premium users.
Strava – Farhad, Co-Founder/CEO & Steve, Product Design Engineer
Photo courtesy of The Telegraph.
Android: Free with in-app purchases ranging from $5.99 to $59.99
iPhone: Free with in-app purchases ranging from $5.99 to $59.99
Strava tracks all my rides and allows me to compare my past performance at a very detailed level (power/speed/incline). It's cool to use the app to find new routes as well. – Farhad
Strava’s community boasts millions of cyclists, runners, active adventurers, and professional athletes recording their activities. Strava has the ability to track all of your rides, runs, and hikes and allows you to compare your past performance at a very detailed level (power/speed/incline). It easily integrates with your bicycle’s computer and helps you find new routes based on recommendations from your friends.
I like to see what my friends are doing and compare my rides to theirs – and give each other kudos! – Steve
Not sold yet? You can also incorporate some friendly competition amongst friends all while giving encouragement and motivation through comments and kudos!
MyFitnessPal – Jennie, Naked beta tester & UX writer for Dropbox
Jennie says one of the most motivating parts of MFP is seeing her streak (830 days in a row!), shown above right.
MyFitnessPal (MFP) is the most important health app I use! I've not only lost weight, I've gained muscle. Couldn't have done it without MFP's awesome calorie and macro logging!
Android: Free with in-app purchases from $0.99 to $49.99.
iPhone: Free with in-app purchases from $9.99 to $49.99.
MyFitnessPal is a well-known app for counting calories and macros. You either enter your calories/macros into your MyFitnessPal log directly or you can search for what you ate in the app’s extensive database of 3,282,000 different kinds of food.
MyFitnessPal, which is now a part of the Under Armour network alongside MapMyRun, Endomondo, MapMyFitness and more, allows you to easily integrate other devices and apps and features an active community of millions of users.
While the free app works well enough, when you upgrade to premium you unlock even more tools to learn about your habits including a nutrient dashboard, food analysis, weekly digests, and food timestamps.
MindBody – Alli, Marketing Manager
Photo courtesy of MindBody.
MindBody lets me schedule classes on the fly and search based on location so I can squeeze a workout in anywhere, anytime.
Android: Free to download and use
iPhone: Free to download and use
Mindbody is a scheduling app where you can book fitness, wellness, and beauty appointments on-the-go. Using MindBody is like having your own little personal wellness assistant–you can schedule everything from physical therapy sessions and massages to Barre, and MMA classes. Everything you book on the app syncs with your calendar automatically so you never miss a class again.
Headspace – Ed, Co-Founder & COO
Photo courtesy of CNET.
I love Headspace because it gives me a daily reminder to calm down and relax. Meditation helps me reaffirm that I’m in control of my emotions regardless of my surroundings.
Android: Free for 10 minutes x 10 days, subscriptions from $6.49 USD to $119.99 USD per item
iPhone: Free for 10 minutes x 10 days, subscriptions from $12.99 USD/month and $94.99 USD/year
Learning a new skill or habit can be daunting, so having someone or something to guide you through the process can be a lifesaver. Meditation is no exception. Consider Headspace your personal mindfulness coach, giving you access to daily guided meditations for stress, anxiety, sleep, focus, and more. There’s even meditation for kids!
If you’re struggling to build a self-driven personal practice and stick with it, Headspace is likely the app for you. With its guided sessions, cheerful animations, and 3-minute SOS meditations for when you need a quick mental re-alignment, we’d label this app a “gamechanger.”
While you can give it a free ten-day trial, to keep using Headspace you’ll need to subscribe for $12.99 per month – you can think of the monthly subscription as motivation to never skip your daily meditation!
Training Peaks – Aaron, Head of Business Development
Photo courtesy of TrainingPeaks.com.
As a triathlete trying to manage a complex training plan, Training Peaks is a lifesaver! I can plan my workouts ahead of time and link them to my Garmin, allowing me to auto-compare my completed and planned workouts. I love being able to communicate virtually with my coach so she can look over my workouts and provide feedback on my cadence, pace, volume, etc.
Android: Free with in-app purchases ranging $19.99 per month to $119.99 per year.
iPhone: Free with in-app purchases ranging $19.99 per month to $119.99 per year.
Training Peaks gives you the ability to set training goals, get expert advice, train smarter, and receive feedback from one of the 4,500 certified coaches! Training Peaks also plays well with others – you can seamlessly integrate the app with your Garmin wearables, as well as your Strava.
WHOOP - Sam, Research Scientist
Photo courtesy of Tread Athletics.
WHOOP has revolutionized the way I think about training! As someone who works long hours and trains at a high volume, I've often found myself sick from overtraining and insufficient recovery. WHOOP is teaching me how to 'train smarter', so I can make the gains I want without the negative side effects.
Android: Free to download and use. Compatible with the WHOOP Strap.
iPhone: Free to download and use. Compatible with the WHOOP Strap.
For the elite athlete, WHOOP is a super powerful, sleek wearable that permits fine-tuning for optimal performance. WHOOP is a simple strap that you wear on your wrist, that monitors your heart rate, heart rate variability, and your sleep and seamlessly integrates the information into a mobile app that helps you determine your readiness for high intensity exercise.
WHOOP's hardware costs a $30 a month subsription fee. While this product may not be for the weekend warrior, for a high performing athlete, we think the $30 a month is well worth it to make sure you're healthy, recovered, and primed to perform!
Asana Rebel – Amy, Head of Talent
Photo courtesy of App Annie.
Asana Rebel is perfect for the casual user just starting the practice. It has quick 5, 10, and 15 minute workouts focused on core strength and flexibility. I find myself using the app more as a relaxation and stretching exercise at the end of a busy day versus a calorie-burning, heart-pumping workout.
Android: Free with in-app purchases ranging from $9.49 - $99.99 per item
iPhone: Free with in-app purchases from $9.99 to $299.99
One of the most popular yoga apps out there, Asana Rebel isn't tailored strictly toward yogis but rather folks looking to gain strength and flexibility through yoga-inspired moves. The app offers personalized training programs and plenty of fresh daily routines. The workouts are categorized based on your goals (cardio, strength, or flexibility).
Seconds – Michael, UX Designer
I love Seconds because it’s not trying to do too much. It's simply a timer and round counter. Oftentimes during strenuous workouts, I lose track of things, including my ability to do basic math. I like how easy it is to see the numbers, so I can leave my phone on the ground during my workout.
Android: Entry-level app is free while Pro app is $4.99
iPhone: Entry-level app is free while Pro app is $4.99
Seconds is a super easy and intuitive high-intensity interval training (HIIT) timer. You simply input the number of sets you are trying to accomplish and the duration of each set. You’re also able to input a low-intensity interval, warmup, and cooldown. Seconds also allows you to select a playlist or a single track to listen to during your routine.
Rise – Lauren, Head of Product & Marketing
Photo courtesy of Greatist.com.
I like Rise because having another human monitoring my food keeps me accountable without having to count calories. It actually makes healthy choices easier.
Android: Sorry Google fans, an iOS device is required.
iPhone: Free to download with a subscription required – Monthly: $48, quarterly: $120
Rise acts as a virtual nutritionist, pairing you with a registered dietician who will help keep you on track. All you have to do is snap a picture and write a brief description of every meal and snack. The following day, your nutrition coach will review all of your meals and provide suggestions for healthy changes.
The best part of Rise is that it’s tailored to you–your dietician won’t make any extreme suggestions that you can’t successfully follow. Instead, your nutrition coach will provide positive feedback and only suggest simple, easy changes that will be sustainable for you.
Brain.fm – Anna, Sr. Software Engineer
Photo courtesy of Brain.fm.
Brain.fm is really easy to use and has some great music. It features calm, work, and sleep music, which stimulates the brain waves accordingly.
Android: Free trial with options for 1, 3, and 12-month subscriptions.
iPhone: Free trial with options for 1, 3, and 12-month subscriptions.
Brain.fm is the biohacker’s dream – an AI-generated music program that’s made just for the brain! All you need to do is select a mental state you’d like to achieve and Brain.fm will play the appropriate music allowing you to improve focus, relax, sleep, take a nap, or meditate, all within 15 minutes of use. If you are someone who enjoys listening to music but finds songs with lyrics to be distracting, this is the app for you.
Zombies, Run! – Thomas, Customer Experience Specialist
Photo courtesy of Windowscentral.com.
I don’t know about you, but nothing gets my adrenaline pumping like being chased by the undead.
Android: Free for the first 4 episodes with 1 new episode unlocked weekly.
iPhone: Free for the first 4 episodes with 1 new episode unlocked weekly.
Zombies, Run! is an immersive running game and audio adventure. Immediately upon download, you discover that you are one of only a few that survived the zombie apocalypse and you are running to one of humanity’s last remaining outposts: Abel Township, where the citizens need your help to gather supplies, rescue survivors, and defend the perimeter of the base.
You play by running, walking, or jogging in the real world and participating in different missions, like recovering an airdrop of supplies. Your missions and music play through your headphones, and if you are chased by zombies, you have to speed up to escape!
While you can use this app for free, becoming a pro will require a monthly subscription of $3.99 or $24.99 annually. But hey, it’s a small cost for saving all of humanity.