6 Health and Fitness Apps With Over 1 Million Downloads Available on Google Play – MUO – MakeUseOf
You’ll find plenty of health and fitness apps, but popularity is often a good indicator of how much one can add to your life.
Need some new content to shake up your exercise or wellness routine? Try out these apps with over a million downloads. Meeting your health and fitness goals just got easier with this selection of high-rated, heavily downloaded apps available on Google Play.
(For Apple fans, most of the apps are available on iOS as well.)
With over 100 million downloads, the Google Fit app is a popular way to keep lots of your health data in one space. It's especially easy to begin using the app if you already have an account with Google, so Gmail users are in luck.
To get started, you can set activity goals. These include Heart Points (for activities that raise your heart rate), as well as the number of steps taken during the day. Google Fit can interface with other activity tracking apps, including Apple Health, Runkeeper, Strava, and Headspace, so you'll get credit for activities recorded elsewhere.
In addition to activities, the app can also help monitor your heart rate, breathing rate, and sleep habits. In fact, Google Fit has a feature that can help you measure your heart rate using your phone's camera. Place a finger over the phone's rear-facing camera, and it will take the pulse in your fingertips.
Overall, the Google Fit app is a fantastic way to keep track of many health metrics in one place.
Download: Google Fit: Activity Tracking for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
Over five million people have downloaded this speedy workout app that can fit into even the busiest of schedules. To get started, select an animated figure to follow, set a goal, and make a note of which days you'd like to exercise. The app generates a workout plan, and then you're good to go.
Select your workout from the home screen to get started. The animated figure demonstrates how to perform each exercise, and a voiceover announces the next workout and gives you a quick countdown. It's a fast-paced program, and you'll perform a huge variety of moves within the seven-minute span. Each one only lasts for about thirty seconds, so even your least-favorite exercises are over quickly.
You can give feedback after the workout, so the program adjusts to your level of difficulty. A progress screen keeps track of your completed sets, and you can try to keep a streak going.
The app's Library features a variety of thirty-day challenges with focuses on specific areas such as the full body, core, cardio, and strength. In addition, it includes a series of special workouts designed to suit particular situations, such as prep for a run, exercise in your office, or fit in a workout when you're on the go.
You can get a seven-day free trial for the app, and it requires a paid subscription afterward.
Download: Seven – 7 Minute Workout for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
A totally free meditation app, Medito has over one million downloads. Featuring an impressive amount of content, the app is suitable for both beginner and more experienced meditators.
The app's Home screen features a daily meditation, a timer for meditating solo, and a section specifically designed to help you sleep better. A series of beginner courses introduce you to the app and provide lessons on the basics of seated meditation and mindfulness.
Next, the meditation Packs offer meditations based on a central theme, including common stressors such as low mood, pain management, and even societal crises. Presented with calming narration, they can help you slow down and destress for a few minutes at a time.
The app also includes a section of sleep content that includes calming music, nature sounds, and meditations designed to help you fall asleep. Body scans, mantras, and visualizations are some of the tools that these meditations use to help you drift off. There's also a lengthy selection of sleep stories, gentle tales designed to help you wind down for the evening.
The app also features a cool graphic design element, with bold and striking illustrations for each meditation.
Free from any ads or subscriptions, Medito is a wonderfully designed app filled with guided meditations that can benefit just about anyone.
Download: Medito: Meditation & Sleep for iOS | Android (Free)
With five million downloads to its name, the Dumbbell Workout at Home app is a straightforward option for anyone who wants to strength train.
When you sign up, select a plan that's appropriate for your experience level. Before getting started, you'll see how long the workout will take, as well as how much you've completed so far. You can also select the weight of your dumbbells as well. Hit the start button and follow along with the animated characters for triceps extension, planks, dumbbell backward lunges, and similar exercises. Each plan lasts for thirty days, and there are three difficulty levels.
There are video ads within the app, which you can remove for a fee.
Download: Dumbbell Workout at Home for Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
With over fifty million downloads to its name, the Strava app is one of the most-loved workout tools around. With support for running, hiking, cycling, and many more activities, it's a robust app with tons of features. You can even use Strava to record your walks.
In addition to tracking your own routes for biking and running, the Strava app can also help you discover new places to explore nearby. Compete against other athletes on local route segments, some of which get colorful descriptions (such as This Road Needs More Riders or the Cottoncreek Hill of Doom!). The social aspect sets this app apart from similar ones because you're instantly included in the Strava community.
Because the app records key data such as pace, distance, and elevation, it's easy to track your progress over time. You can record and share your activities for free, and a paid subscription offers extra features—including detailed information about your workouts, a training log, and training plans.
Download: Strava for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
If you want a serious look at your walking habits, then the Step Tracker – Pedometer app is a crowd-pleasing choice with over ten million downloads. There are plenty of great pedometer apps for the iPhone and other smartphones, but many reviewers like this one for its ease of use.
In addition to your daily step count, the app also provides detailed reports about your walking habits with info on your time, distance, and number of floors covered.
A training section lets you record directly on the app, and Step Tracker also interfaces with Apple Health to make tracking your steps even easier.
Download: Step Tracker – Pedometer for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
Sometimes following the crowd is the right call. These popular health and wellness apps with over one million downloads are already fan favorites, and they can potentially help your health and fitness goals as well.
Lindsay E. Mack writes about the intersection of technology and health at MakeUseOf. She has over seven years of professional blogging experience. She also loves audiobooks, podcasts, and painting.