It used to be easy to tell a couch potato from a gym bunny. But
nowadays even the most healthy among us has an HD screen in their
pocket, and sofa surfers are as likely to move for a Wii as a wee.
Tech and pecs are no longer mutually exclusive, so which bits of fit kit should we all have on our handsets?
Despite the Nike FuelBand's well-reported issues with Android, there are plenty of other fitness options on Google's operating system.
1. Adidas miCoach
Like a horribly healthy angel on your shoulder, miCoach offers
voice-coaching as it tracks your workouts using GPS. With training plans
for various sports and 400 built-in exercises, this Adidas app even
tells you when you need to buy new shoes.
Turn your workspace into workout space with nine sets of easy yoga
movements to do at your desk. Text, pictures and audio guide you through
moves to overcome everyday ailments – all low-key enough not to upset
your colleagues' coffees.
Offering more than 300 exercises with detailed descriptions and
animations, this is one fitness buddy that won't leave you gasping as
they go for the burn. A paid version adds another 1,400 exercises, HD
videos, body metrics tracking and more.
Part exercise, part role-play, this app encourages you to stay fit
with the threat of imminent zombie attack. Missions involve running or
jogging to collect supplies, earn rewards and progress the plot – all to
a soundtrack of motivational undead moans!
This feature-packed free version of a paid app will track any
distance-based sport, measuring duration, distance, speed and burn, as
well as letting you set targets, get audio updates on your progress, and
even hear encouraging things said by your friends online!
Demanding 30 minutes a day, three days a week, this app aims to have
you ready for your first 5km run in just nine weeks. Cartoon coaches
ease you in gently, then build you up to increasingly active workouts.
You really can 'just do it' with these fast, flexible workouts
ranging from 15 to 45 minutes. Including audio guidance and video demos
from top Nike trainers (wearing sneakers), it also boasts Facebook and
Twitter integration and unlockable workout rewards.
Eat yourself fitter with this handy database of calorie, fat and carb
figures for supermarket and chain restaurant foods. Type in what you
eat (or scan the barcode) and it'll tot up your intake in the blink of a
As the name suggests, this workout programme dispenses with gym
equipment in favour of 200 exercises you can do almost anywhere. Based
on a best-selling book, the app is boosted by a free video pack to show
you how it's done.
Guilt-trip your gut into submission with this ingenious app that
gives to charity whenever you workout. Choose from a range of American
good causes, and corporate sponsors will fork out for every mile you
walk, bike or run.