Running for FitnessSummer isn’t that far away and that means it’s time for you to get that body ready for the beach. Even if you’re hitting up the surf and the sand, it’s important to keep your body in tip-top condition and you can leverage technology to aid you in these efforts. If you’re going to carry around your phone anyway, you may as well take advantage of the many free fitness apps available for Google Android.

These can help you with your weight loss goals and they can be great for marathon training. too. Indeed, many of the best fitness apps for iPhone also have Android counterparts. Your ability to exercise and keep fit shouldn’t be restricted by the smartphone platform of your choosing!

RunKeeper – GPS Track Run Walk

GPS Track Your Runs with RunKeeper

GPS Track Your Runs with RunKeeper

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You could just go for a run around the neighborhood or to the park, but how are you going to compare your performance against future runs? The RunKeeper app allows you to track not only your running, but also your walking, cycling, hiking, biking, and more via the GPS on your phone. You get detailed states for pace, distance, time, and calories burned, plus there’s a digital coach with audio cues. Review your history, set your goals, and you’ll be faster and fitter than ever.

Fitbit Mobile

FitBit Activity Tracker Accompanying App

FitBit Activity Tracker Accompanying App

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Why use just one piece of technology when you can use more? The Fitbit family of activity tracking devices works best with this Fitbit Android fitness app, but you could use this app on its own as well. The data can be synchronized with your Fitness activity tracker, giving you at-a-glance information about your steps, calories, flights of stairs, sleep stats, weight, body fat, and so much more. You can log all your meals, set daily calorie targets, and choose from four intensity levels.

Azumio Instant Heart Rate

Quickly Check Heart Rate Without External Hardware

Quickly Check Heart Rate Without External Hardware

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There are plenty of heart rate monitors out there. Some of them involve straps across your chest or some other contraption, but that’s not the case with this ingenious little creation. While you will still need other fitness apps for your exercise routines, what this app lets you do is monitor your heart rate by simply sticking your finger in front of your cell phone camera. there’s no external hardware needed. People are skeptical, to be sure, but the accuracy of this app has been tested by coaches, nurses, doctors, and EMTs.

MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter

The Largest Calorie Counter Database on Android

The Largest Calorie Counter Database on Android

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Yes, there’s a lot more to losing weight than simply counting the calories that you consume, but that’s a big part of any fitness plan. Used in tandem with other fitness apps, this calorie counter will help you to keep you on track toward your weight loss goals. MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter has the largest food database of any Android calorie counter, boasting a library of over 2 million foods. It remembers your favorites, syncs with the web, and lets you connect with friends so you can motivate one another and keep one another accountable.

Workout Trainer by Skimble

Workout Trainer Offers a Variety of Exercises

Workout Trainer Offers a Variety of Exercises

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Running, counting calories, and tracking heart rates are only a part of the equation. It’s important to have a well rounded exercise routine and that’s why the Workout Trainer app by Skimble is so valuable. You “just put on your headphones and follow along with audio instructions and progress cues” as the vertified trainers “guide you through exercises with timed, step-by-step audio, photo and video instructions.” There’s even a home screen widget to give you a new workout every day!

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