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Feeling Fit? Calorie Busting Guide to Fitness & Health with Android

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 12/29/2011

Whether you want to monitor those calories and go on a diet, or you just want to get fitter with a little exercise, don't forget to take your Android phone with you. This guide to getting fit with Android covers calories, diets, cooking, heart monitors, fitness trainers, and sports accessories.

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    We kick off our guide with some general, but really useful apps that you shouldn't be without, before you start your health kick -- a couple of them can even turn your phone into a personal trainer (without the huge cost of course). Often just walking or a gentle jog is enough to burn off extra calories, so apps for counting your steps or planning a course are included and cycling hasn't been left out either.

    Of course, for most of us getting fit means eating better too, so we've pulled together some diet apps, calorie counting software, and recipe apps so you know exactly what's going on with your food and you can learn how to eat more healthily too.

    Don't forget the other important stuff too like monitoring your heart rate and other health apps, as well as those all important accessories for keeping your phone high, dry and protected as you workout. Let the fitness regime begin!

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    Fitness & Personal Trainer Apps

    Our first stop is a round-up of the best fitness apps on Android, to give you an idea of the range of possibilities that are open to you and your fitness device; the Android smartphone. We then take a look at reviews of specific fitness apps, with a particular focus on personal trainer apps - yep, you can have a personal trainer in your pocket just ready for a workout whenever you are.

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    Walk, Run & Cycle Your Way to Fitness

    The most popular ways of getting fit are to go walking or running and there are no shortage of Android apps to help you out here. You can even get out your bike for a fun way to burn calories and tone muscles. There are apps to help you count your steps, measure how far you've gone and even some great GPS ones specific to running and walking to help you find your way or plan your workout route beforehand.

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    Do or Diet - Calorie Counting & Weight Loss

    Using your Android phone for calorie counting and weight loss is so easy, you wonder how Weight Watchers can still be in business -- most of these apps are free too and have great added functions. Not only will these apps work out calories consumed, they have in built food databases, they can let you know how many calories you have left for the day, and they can monitor your weight loss and water intake.

    Or why not try and make your diet a little healthier if you don't want a straightforward calorie app? Apps for a healthy vegetarian diet or cooking apps that help you count the calories in dishes you've made are easy ways to get fit and healthy.

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    Monitor your Health

    We haven't overlooked monitoring your general health with this guide either (it's not all about calories and exercise). It makes sense to keep an eye on your heart rate, or any other medical condition that may affect how hard you can work out. Remember it's always a good idea to seek doctor's advice before embarking on any kind of new healthy regime.

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    Android Accessories for Working Out

    So where's your Android when you are busy burning the calories? In the case of GPS, and pedometer apps for example, you simply have to take your phone with you in order for the app to work. And even taking part in any other activity, it makes sense to take your smartphone along for the ride, even if it's just to listen to music to keep you motivated. We take a look at your best options for keeping your phone waterproof as well as some top accessories and cases that include armbands to keep your phone protected but snug as you workout -- some of the best ones are even sweatproof which is a big bonus.

    Of course there are many ways to workout and keep healthy, but this is a nice broad range of apps and accessories to get you off on the right foot. Let us know though, if we've missed out one of your must-have apps for health and fitness.