Best Health and Fitness Apps of 2024

Jeni_Odley
edited January 9 in Lifestyle

2024 is coming soon, and for many people, the new year means rethinking priorities. If fitness is on your mind, you may need some new tools to help you get organized. Getting started can be overwhelming, though, and not every app will be able to meet your needs. Let’s take a look at some of the best apps for fitness for 2024.

1. Nike Training Club

Nike Training Club is a fitness app tracker that provides pre-designed workouts and wellness information. Its workouts comprise a variety of types, including yoga, HIIT, and more that appeal to users of varying skill levels and interests. Its information covers topics like the optimal time to drink a protein shake, benefits of an ice bath and more. 

In addition to pre-designed workouts, you can also access full programs that consist of multiple weeks or even months of activity in order to reach a certain goal. This takes the burden of planning off of the user, allowing you to focus on the exercise itself. Turning on the in-app workout reminders can also provide you with the extra push needed to make progress. It’s available for Android and iOS.

2. Google Fit 

Google Fit is a fitness app that helps users to track workouts and make goals. It was designed in tandem with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Heart Association (AHA) to define health-based goals, so Google Fit might be a good choice if your primary motivation for working out is to improve your health. 

In this vein, the Google Fit app operates on a point-based system that rewards you for movement. It can connect with other apps like MyFitnessPal to share data and combine insights. It’s available for Android and iOS.

3. Gymshark Training

Gymshark Training, similar to Nike Training Club, is a top rated fitness app that provides workouts and training plans in one central location. Users can check out the “Explore” tab to see what’s popular, or they can browse the entire workout library using filters like type, duration, body part, creator, or equipment. In addition, users can also bookmark their favorite workouts and creators to save for future use, or even create their own custom workouts.

Best of all, the app is entirely free with no ads. It’s available for both iOS and Android.

4. MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a health app that focuses on tracking food intake. It features a catalog of over 18 million foods, each with detailed information about calories, protein, carbohydrates and much more.

When you download the app, it will give you custom nutrition targets based on your goals and personal information. It takes into account, for example, whether you’d like to lose weight, maintain weight, or even gain muscle.

MyFitnessPal is also a social app. You can add your friends to monitor progress and keep each other accountable.

Though MyFitnessPal is free to download, there are some features that are only available in the premium version, such as the intermittent fasting tracker. MyFitnessPal is available for Android and iOS.

5. Strong 

Strong is an app best suited for those who are primarily looking to measure and track their weight training. The interface is sleek and simple, allowing you to choose from any exercise you can think of (bicep press, bench press, etc.) and track your sets and reps. You can also measure progress indicators like your body fat percentage over time.

One advantage of the app is that you’re able to export your data at any time, so if for any reason you don’t like how the app works, you’ll be able to reorganize your data where you see fit. Strong is available for Android and iOS.

6. Just Dance Now

If you’re a Just Dance fan, you’ll love this app. Just Dance Now allows you to play the game on any Internet-connected screen, including tablets, Apple TVs, computers or more. So if running isn’t your thing but you don’t have a video game console, you can download this app to get your steps in through any device that’s available to you. It even tracks the calories you burn as you dance!

The one downside is that free play is very limited, as little as one song per 24-hour period, and the credits are relatively expensive. This app is available for Android and iOS. 

7. Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K, like the name suggests, is meant to help beginner runners gradually build up to a 5K. Its GPS features track your route, calculating your distance and pace. The app has 4 different virtual “coaches” built in to motivate you during your run as well as a music player so you can control your music without leaving the app.

Though this app has a lot of nice features, they don’t come for free: the app is priced at $4.99 for both Android and iOS.

8. Home Workout - No Equipment 

Home Workout - No Equipment is a great app for those who want to get in shape without investing in a bunch of expensive equipment. The app offers a range of body weight workouts that require no additional equipment. You can choose your workout by focus area, such as legs, chest, biceps, etc. You can also choose to follow a workout plan that guides you through your exercise for as long as you like. This app is currently only available on Android.

9. Strava 

Strava, popular with runners, records over 30 different types of movement. Whether you’re cycling, hiking, running or whatever else, Strava tracks your activity and records your distance, pace, and other data.

One unique feature of the app is its ability to recommend nearby routes to you based on your workout preferences. Its social aspect that allows you to cheer on your friends and family is another highlight. Strava is available to download for both Android and iOS.

10. Fitness RPG 

Fitness RPG is one of the most unique entries on this list. It gamifies fitness tracking by converting your movement into game metrics. No matter whether you’re lifting weights, running, or doing some other type of movement, the game converts that activity into progress on the game map.

What’s nice about Fitness RPG is that the app can connect to some third party apps, such as Nike and Fitbit, so you don’t have to enter data twice. It is however recommended to double check before you download which apps it’s compatible with, as its intercompatibility seems to be somewhat limited. The app is currently only available for Android.

Conclusion

Not all health and fitness apps are made equal. While some users are looking to track their caloric intake, others just want to record their weight training sessions. Thankfully, there’s a wide range of apps out there for a range of preferences and needs. Hopefully, at least one of them on this list will be able to help you reach your fitness goals in 2024.  

 

Jeni is a translator and writer based in Taiwan. She is passionate about business development and loves helping companies enter international markets. She is fluent in English, German, and Mandarin Chinese, and combines these with her industry experience to provide practical market entry solutions.

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