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The Best Apps To Start Your Fitness Journey

Apr 18, 2022
By Excel Dyquiangco

3 min read


Although using technology to exercise isn't required, the finest workout apps can help you stay motivated as you make long-term lifestyle improvements. Tracking your progress is critical, since altering your everyday routine and staying committed can be really challenging. That’s why we’ve gathered some of the most popular fitness apps to help you develop better workout habits and achieve your goals. With PLDT Home’s all-new unlimited and Fiber Plus plans, you can make the most out of your journey with the country’s fastest and most reliable connection!

Whatever your goals, these apps got you covered!

Step tracking with Fitbit


From Fitbit Official Website

Fitbit makes some of the most popular fitness tracking devices on the market, but their software is just as appealing as their hardware. The Fitbit app allows you to monitor a variety of workouts, log meals, and compete with fellow Fitbit users around the globe. While you can use the app to monitor non-cardio activities, it's not really built for that, and you’ll have to pay extra to obtain any form of guided workouts. If you're thinking about getting a step tracker, this app could be enough to persuade you to do so.

Calorie counting with MyFitnessPal


From MyFitnessPal

Experts say that to get the most out of your workout, you should know how much you’re eating. MyFitnessPal, one of the most popular total fitness apps, does just that. It monitors a running calorie count and lets you set a daily caloric goal using their built-in calculator. You can effortlessly track foods by scanning barcodes or selecting from thousands of options in the app’s database. (Yes, interestingly, they have foods from all over the world!) And whether you’re merely attempting to lose or gain weight, MyFitnessPal will help you accomplish your goal. It also has a big online community, which can be beneficial if you’re having trouble staying motivated!

Exercise tracking with MapMyFitness


From MapMyFitness Official Website

MapMyFitness was one of the original GPS fitness tracking applications, and it's still one of the easiest to use and one of the best. It lets you keep track of your miles for runs, walks, bike rides, hikes, and other outdoor activities. When you log in online, you’ll be able to see your previous workouts, as well as your speed, pace, elevation, and calories burned. There’s a strong MapMyFitness community as well, so if you’re searching for a running partner, this is an excellent place to start.

Finding new exercises with Sworkit


From Sworkit Official Website

Those who want to get quick exercises in between work breaks can download Sworkit, which has a number of video-guided workout routines that include stretches, yoga, bodyweight exercises, and other activities. You tell the app whether you want to grow stronger or slimmer, set a time limit for your workout, and then follow a video playlist for fun, enjoyable, and easy-to-follow exercises. Personal trainers are also available on the app to premium Sworkit members.

Upgrading your workout with Strava


From Strava Official Website

Strava is an app for those who want to up their game. Its Segments function sets it apart from other GPS training apps, showing you the quickest timings for predefined routes. This then allows you to compete against yourself to see if you can better your previous best time, or you can compete against the rest of the Strava community to become Queen or King of the Mountain.

This exercise app also has virtual clubs where you can meet up with other bikers or runners in your area. Strava collects data from your Fitbit, Garmin, or pretty much any other well-known smartwatch. But, even if you're not wearing one, you’ll be able to see some fairly detailed statistics about each workout.

These apps may not be the end all be all for getting in shape, but they can definitely help you stay motivated while you work towards your fitness goals. To make your journey more interesting, get a virtual workout buddy in any of these apps, and get to your workout!


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Excel V. Dyquiangco

Excel is a content writer at Next Upgrade assigned to lead sections of Sports & Fitness, Pop Culture, and Entertainment. He has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and websites for more than a decade. He often works out, and takes pride in having traveled to far-flung places in the Philippines such as Batanes and Tawi-Tawi.