Best Android apps for running, working out, biking, and hiking [December 2013]


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Most people work out on the go— whether you’re running, biking, lifting weights, or just counting calories, you will most likely have your phone on you. Why not add some useful applications to your device to help you out, and perhaps, even enhance your activities?

There are thousands of health and fitness apps available in the Play Store, but some users may have a tough time differentiating between the good ones and the great ones. That’s why I have created a list of my favorite health and fitness applications available for your device. Hit the break to get started. Enjoy!



1. Runtastic (Running Application) FREE and PRO

There are so many great apps for runners on Android. Two of the best are Endomondo and RunKeeper, but by far, my favorite has to be Runtastic.

Apps are made for their functionality, but apps that feature awesome user interfaces only add to their greatness. Runtastic does not come short on either end here.

Complete with GPS capability for walking and fitness tracking, you can monitor all of your actions while you exercise. Your activities, including running, jogging, biking, or walking will be mapped, and your cardio workout progress will also be recorded, including time, distance, elevation change, speed, calories, and more.

In the free version of the application, you get the “Earth View” to watch your workout in 3D (via Google Earth), your personal workout diary and metrics, historic mapping of training sessions, a dashboard complete with training statistics, charts, and graphs. You also get an integrated music player so you can stay entertained during your workout, goal-oriented workouts for time and distance, colored traces on your run to track speed change, MyFitnessPal account integration, and monthly/overall metrics for distance, number of workouts, duration, and calories.

You’ll also be able to stay social, as you can share your activities on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter. The application is also compatible with the LiveWare extension for Sony SmartWatch.

If you want to pay $4.99 for the Pro version, you’ll also get more features including voice feedback during workouts, live tracking and cheering, auto pause when you stop running, the ability to search/create your own exercise routes and sync them with your phone, and take part in interval training with your own personal virtual trainer. You’ll also get heart rate zone training and analysis, a split table for dynamic mile and km splits, calorie and pace goals, and the ability to geotag pictures. It also comes ad-free, which is always nice.

Runtastic certainly does not come short on the features end, and because it’s so simple to use, it tops my list as the best application for runners on Android.

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2. Workout Trainer (Workout Application) FREE and PRO

If you’re interested in having your own personal, virtual “in-pocket” trainer, then Workout Trainer is the app you should be using.

You’ll be provided with step-by-step audio, photo, and video instructions for all kinds of key workouts that will help you get in shape.

Not only does the app have tutorials on weightlifting, but yoga, running, and other workout techniques are also included in the app. The diverse amount of options and the fact that it is an “all-in-one” solution makes this app extremely valuable.

You can completely personalize the workout experience by creating and editing specific workouts, and it allows you to play music while the app is running so you can listen to your favorite jams while finishing those reps. The home screen widget will show you a new workout each day for you to try out, adding to the personalization features of the app.

The usual social aspects are included: you can share your workout progress via Facebook, Twitter, or over email, and connect with other users of the app to share and compare workouts.

You can subscribe within the app for the “Premium Pro+” version, which adds some extra features. You’ll get access to more custom training programs, high definition videos, better audio coaching, and access to web workouts. The website tracks your workout data— you can track your progress online and you’ll also be able to use community forums with trainers. Advertisements will also be removed from the app with the paid version.

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3. AllTrails (Hiking/Biking App) FREE

In terms of using an app to help you get a really good workout on your bike, I’d certainly give a hat tip to Runtastic’s Road Bike app, but I personally prefer a useful biking app with a slightly different take.

AllTrails is an app that lets users find nearby trails for your biking or hiking/running pleasure.

AllTrails CEO Russell Cook called it “Yelp for the outdoors” and I couldn’t agree more.

The app covers over 16 different activities not only including hiking and biking, but also kayaking, skiing, fly-fishing, snowshoeing, etc. It only includes trails in the United States and Canada, but has over 50,000 trail guides available to users.

When you first log in to the app, you will get a screen of the most interesting activities near you that you can take part in (using Google Maps). If you’re near a large wooded area, you will probably have a ton of options offered to you by the app.

You can “check in” at any particular activity so that you can share what you are doing with friends, as well as keep track of your own activity over time.

Not only does the app offer activity options, but will show you photos of trails, a rating system for trails, elevation profiles, and topographical maps. difficulty levels, distances, user reviews, etc.

Definitely look into getting this app— I think it’s definitely the best app for searching for and completing trails out in the wild. And it’s free!

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I certainly can’t mention every single app on Android for running, working out, biking, hiking, etc., and there are a lot of good ones out there. Let us know your favorites in the comments section below.

About the Author: Harrison Kaminsky

Harrison is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh completing a major in communication and a minor in economics. Aside from writing for TalkAndroid, he is the managing editor at The Pitt News, a digital marketing intern at Buzzhoney in Pittsburgh, founder and owner of He's currently using an HTC One (M8) and Nexus 7 (2013). Harrison is excited for the next release of Android, and for whatever the future holds for the tech world. Tweet him at @Harry_Kaminsky.