Fitness is an integral part of our lives. While many are slowly warming up to the concept, there’s no doubt that it’s a massive industry. Given the health effects it has, it makes sense for everyone to take fitness seriously. Thanks to the furthering of technology, customers can now use fitness from their homes. Using treadmills and other fitness accessories, it’s easy to get a gauge on your fitness from the comfort of your home. But getting a treadmill alone won’t suffice. There are multiple apps for Android today which help you get a proper understanding of the kind of workouts you’re doing on the treadmill. These are basically apps that you can use while running on the treadmill to keep a tab on the calories you’ve burnt, and even aid you with the kind of pace you need to maintain in order to lose fat and build muscle accordingly.
The app helps you pace your workouts accordingly. It’s not just a timer app, though, as you get a full rundown of the calories lost and even your heart rate. Users will have to enter their details manually, though, which is perhaps the only caveat here. But since the app has no connection with the treadmill, this is not surprising. Users will have to enter their resting heart rate to get access to heart rate data on the app directly. The app has a variation of 6 workouts, giving you the choice to shift and change your routine accordingly.
The app can also sync your workouts and other data with Google Fit, provided you enable it from the Settings. There are periodical audio prompts with the app, giving you a good idea of when to change your pace or pause your workout. Overall, it’s the best companion to have for your treadmill, even if you’re using it at the gym. The buttons on the app are simple to use, and you can start a workout in three simple steps.
If you’re not too satisfied with the workouts suggested by the app, you can modify them to create your own. The app comes with in-app purchases to help you get some additional features. However, you don’t need to pay anything upfront while downloading the app. It has excellent ratings from users across the board, which is pretty spectacular for a free app.
While this isn’t specifically a treadmill companion app, it serves the same purpose. The idea behind the app is to help you run a 5K marathon within 8 weeks or two months. By starting off gradually and increasing your pace as you progress through your workouts, the app will prepare you for long distance running. So if you’ve ever been hesitant to participate in 5K marathons, this is the app to download right now. The app only asks you to run for 30 minutes for three times a week for a period of 8 weeks, so you’re not required to spend all days of the week on this app.
The presence of an audio coach on the app keeps you motivated to keep going for long intervals. There are timely prompts to tell you when to switch from walking to running, which is very handy. You can pair your third-party music app as well, so you won’t have to worry about compatibility with your existing music apps. There’s a big community of the app, helping you get the best information based on their own experiences. The app is a free download, although you can also purchase some additional features within the app. You will have to be on guard for advertisements as well. Considering the fact that this is a free application, the users shouldn’t mind this aspect all that much.
This is a unique application, as it doesn’t require any special hardware to function. The makers claim that the app can track their workouts using just the front camera on the device. This might be slightly odd for those trying it for the first time, but we’re sure the developers have it worked out. Users are required to keep their phones on their treadmills, ellipticals or bikes and have the app do the rest. The app has featured on multiple top lists, so you know it’s a pretty functional offering.
You can catch the curated tours from all over the world, making you feel as if you’re biking through the terrain and mountains. It doesn’t come with the data and metrics of other apps but is pretty decent for motivation. If you find that the current crop of running apps don’t offer you the kind of motivation that you need, we strongly suggest you try BitGym. The app comes with Android 4.1 and above to function, which covers a variety of devices out there. This is a free app naturally, and there are no in-app purchases in sight, so what you see is what you get.
Pretty similar to BitGym, this app gives you the ability to run on your treadmill with a good view of nature around you. This might just be a virtual setting, but the kind of motivation it offers is pretty incredible. The best part is that you can choose to run almost anywhere provided you have the city, street, and zip code. It’s not a one-trick pony, however, as it has a couple of other tricks up its sleeve. You are allowed to set the speed for this app, giving you the liberty to run as quickly as slowly as you desire. To spice things up, the developers are currently offering New York’s Central Park, the London Marathon circuit, a path up the great Ben Nevis in Scotland, a trek around Petra and Machu Picchu as available routes for you to run.
The developers let you test out the app for a while, which is otherwise known as the evaluation period. Following this free trial period, you will have to purchase a subscription from the company to have unrestricted access to this feature. It’s a pretty handy app to have, and we can’t recommend it highly enough if you’re tired of conventional treadmill apps out there. The app can run on devices with Android 4.1 and up. It’s a free download from the Google Play Store.
The app is designed to stand out from conventional treadmill applications. In addition to keeping you fit, the app also helps you track your cardiovascular fitness level plus the Vo2 Max (maximum oxygen consumption). Users are required to add personal information such as weight before using these features. Much like other apps in this genre, you get to set your preferences based on gender. You will obviously be able to measure your treadmill running time and have access to a bunch of other metrics with this application. What I personally like about this app is that it’s a pretty simple app, which makes it pretty easy to use even for beginners.
The app has received highly positive reviews from users on Google Play. The app has received a consistent rating of 4.4 from all users. This is enough reason to give this app a try. The major bonus here is that the app can be downloaded for free, so the developers aren’t charging you a premium for the addition of a couple of nifty features. Naturally, there are ads on board. However, customers are assured that it won’t come in the way of regular usage.
If there’s one gripe I personally have with the app, it’s that the user interface is pretty bare bones. However, this can be a plus at times, especially if you’re not used to a complicated user interface. The app is compatible with devices running Android 2.2 and higher, thus covering a variety of smartphones and tablets from the past four years or so.