8 best android apps for health and fitness npw

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On May 9 social media news source Mashable revealed its top ten health and fitness apps for Androids. Making the list are apps that track your BMI, offer motivational blasts from elite coaches, and get you out and about chasing virtual ghosts.While iPhone users have plenty of fitness and health apps to choose from, Mashable reports that the Android market is evolving – and with Andoid OS capabilities expanding, fitness apps are keeping up with demand. Here are some options to get you beach-ready just in time for summer.

Backpacker GPS -
Record hiking trails and backpacking trips with Backpacker GPS Trails Pro. View maps, navigate with GPS and digital compass, take photos, and backtrack to the trailhead. Free. Pro version: €6.79

Nike BOOM –

This free app syncs your music to your workouts, with audio-visual motivation from elite athletes and coaches tossed into the mix.

Instant Heart Rate Pro -
Keep tabs on your ticker with this winner of the Best Health and Fitness App at the Mobile Premier Awards 2011 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. App boasts 5 million users. €2.03

BMI Calculator –
This free app calculates the body mass index of all but the most muscular of athletes, helping average Joes set fitness and training goals


. Endomondo

Who couldn’t use a little extra motivation? If you’re a runner, biker or walker, this app will track your route via Google Maps, tracking your workout history to compare later. You can also create an account and get motivated by your friends every time you break a mile. You can even upgrade the app to work with special Polar heart rate monitors (my favorite!) Free: Apple, Android, Blackberry

My Fitness Pal
From start-up, My Fitness Pal takes your weight, height, goal weight and lifestyle into account before giving its recommendations. Right away it breaks up your big goal into a smaller goal 1 month away form now, which is a fantastic motivator. You can also access calorie counts and nutritional information from local restaurants, taking the guesswork out of eating out. You can also access your calorie count online from any computer, and get some extra encouragement by sharing your progress with friends. Free: Apple, Android

Eat This, Not That! The Game
While I can’t condone picking one less-bad fast food over another (chili dogs over cheeseburgers? Really?), the knowledge you get from this little game may help you in your next “hot zone” situation, where there are no good choices. If you’re going to play a game on your commute or while you’re on hold on a conference call you can pick up a few quick facts. Free: Apple, Android

Now that I’ve become acclimated to my iPhone, I’ve started discovering the power of Apps. Since my whole philosophy is centered around using what you have to get the results you want – why not use what’s right in your pocket? Best of all, these apps are all free downloads and available on most popular Smart Phone platforms . Here are the 8 best apps for exercise, eating and healthy living that are only a few taps away.

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