Get back in shape with fitness bracelets and apps to track physical activities

App fitness At any time of the year we are always in search of the best shape of your body, to try to disfigure as little as possible both in summer and in winter.

To check the effectiveness, quantity and quality of physical exercisewhatever it is, (running, cycling, gym, free body or even a simple walk), we can get help from some applications for Android and iPhone smartphones or buy some special devices like i wearable bracelets or smartwatch watchesto be used to monitor exercise and get in shape.

In this way, even the most tedious and strenuous physical effort can become fun and be measured to know in real time if we are losing weight, if we are burning calories and how many and if we are doing better than the day before, pushing ours further. limit.

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1) Google Fit

Among the best apps to monitor physical activity we certainly find Google Fit, downloadable for Android and for iPhone.
Google Fit With this app we will get innovative tools able to record, through the sensors integrated in the phone, all movements, the number of steps when walking or running and, if the phone supports it, also the heart rhythm.

Il counts walking, running and cycling steps from Google Fit it works in a similar way and is also capable of calculating the calories consumed. Using the data collected by the internal accelerometer, the GPS sensor and the data mapping, Fit by Google will provide us with a clear picture of physical activity, with the possibility of saving the data online and rereading it from your PC or other devices.

For the Google Fit we advise you to combine it with a fitness bracelet such as theHONOR Band 6 and as a smartwatch the Huawei Watch GT 3.

2) Apple Health (iPhone)

Apple Health (o Salute in the Italian version) is a remarkable application, very rich in health information; as an app it is built into all recent Apple portable devices, so you don’t need to install anything.
App Salute While it may seem daunting at first, it is much simpler than it sounds and can really give strong support to any physical activity. The step counter is already active on all the latest iPhone models and is increasingly powerful, since it is also able to detect the descent and ascent of stairs.

To make the most of it, we recommend combining the‘Apple Watchlearning how to use it also thanks to our guide on How the Apple Watch Works.

3) Zepp Life

If we use a Xiaomi smartband like the Mi Band 6 it is preferable to use the app Zepp Life for monitoring physical activity. The app is available for Android and for iPhone.
Zepp Life The app is able to synchronize in real time with the Mi Band and keep track of improvements in terms of training, heart rate, stress, saturation, calories burned and weight loss (especially if combined with the Xiaomi scale).

Really inevitable for all Xiaomi Mi Band owners, since it also supports models prior to version 6 without problems.

4) Zepp

If instead of the Mi Band we bought a smartwatch like theAmazfit GTS 3 o l’Amazfit GTR 2e we can use the app Zeppdownloadable for Android and for iPhone.
Zepp The Zepp app works in a similar way to the Zepp Life app, with the difference that it uses the advanced functions of smartwatches to track physical activity in a professional manner.

If we particularly care about our workouts with the smartwatch we recommend use only this app for all Amazfit smartwatches.

5) Mi Fitness

For Xiaomi smartwatch owners like Xiaomi Mi Watch e Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite we can download the app My Fitnessdownloadable for Android and for iPhone.
My Fitness The app allows you to monitor your heart rate day by day, check sleep monitoring, check physical activity during the week and show calories burned and kilometers traveled.

The app works very well with all Xiaomi smartwatches and can be one valid alternative to Google Fit.

6) adidas Running

adidas Running (once known as Runtastic) is one of the best applications for fitness, since they are integrated into Google Fit and Apple Health, it allows you to monitor your progress in your workouts and keep a log of calories burned and routes taken. We can download it for free for Android and for iPhone.

adidas Running differs from the others for its motivational stories that put the user in fantasy situations to create an incentive to train and also to have fun. Really great monitoring, with real-time advice on what to improve for each type of exercise performed and detailed information on calories burned and fat removed.

adidas Running also integrates with the most famous smartwatches and smart bands, just add them as a monitoring tool.

7) Fitify

L’app Fitify it is based on a tried and tested scientific model tried and tested to keep fit every day with a complete, fast and effective workout of a few minutes. We can download it for Android and for iPhone.
Fitify The application is designed for those who have little time to devote to the physical and to go to the gym, ideal for burning fat and calories and for training at home or anywhere else.

There are various exercises grouped in series of several minutes (even 5 are fine) different depending on the goal you want to achieve, for example there are programs to lose weight or those to improve muscle tone.

8) MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a complete online service including an application for iPhone and Android that allows you to check weight and calories consumed through food. We can download the app to our device for Android and for iPhone.
MyFitnessPal This app can be very useful for all people who, to stay in shape, have to check their meals knowing exactly what they are eating and how many calories they have.

The app also features a barcode scanner to instantly check the calories of packaged foods and know exactly the level of carbohydrates, proteins and sodium. Like adidas Running, MyFitnessPal syncs with the most popular fitness bracelets.

Smartband and fitness bracelets

In addition to the devices recommended for the various apps, we can try one of the following smart bands or smartwatches to monitor our physical or sports activity:

  • Fitbit Charge 5
  • Garmin fēnix 7
  • Garmin Forerunner 55
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch4
  • TicWatch Pro S
  • Fossil Smartwatch GEN 5

By choosing one of the recommended models above we will have full support for all fitness and exercise apps, with GPS tracking of location, pedometer, heart rate and, on some models, even control of phone notifications and voice controls (via Google assistant or Siri, depending on the connected phone).

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By downloading the right apps for smartbands and smartwatches, we will be able to optimally monitor all physical activities, so as to stay fit and lose weight without having to go to the gym. As seen in the various chapters we have a device for all budgets (starting from € 30 up to over € 300), but personally I recommend immediately trying the Xiaomi Mi Band or the Xiaomi Amazfit, the Garmin Fenix ​​or the Apple Watch to get the best from a sports smartwatch.

To learn more, we can read our guide to Android and iPhone apps for training, sports, running and fitness.


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