50 Applications To Keep You Fit This Summer!

Summer is a time of relaxation. A time to rest after a hard years work and put your feet up. Many of us will hope to be in better shape for this time, and with summer quickly approaching, you need an effective way to keep fit! We all need an easy way to do this, however, it’s often very hard to achieve noticeable results over a short period of time.

Today, everyone has their phone on them. In my opinion, I recommend scrapping your books because your phone will be the best tool. They say “there’s an app for everything”, and they couldn’t be more right! The Windows Marketplace contains 100s of different apps suited towards improving your fitness and making you healthier. For a solid regime you need organization and something to motivate you to try harder!

I’ve picked out the best 50, sorting them into five different categories. Showing a wide variety of apps to possibly help you feel better about your shape and size. Read on to find out more!

Sport

7Golf

To be honest, most fitness regimes can be boring. Golf is a sport which gives you the opportunity to have fun, as well as performing exercises. Combining your exercises into a recreational activity is one of the best things to do. 7Golf becomes your own range finder, allowing you to track your shots with graphs and GPS. For new players, you have the ability to find nearby courses; encouraging you to play more often. Overall, this is an app which will help you spend more time outside and make the most out of your golfing experience!

Price: $5.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: tyfu

After The Catch

Fishing is one of the oldest sports in the world, providing fishers with endless hours of enjoyment. Fishing allows you to relax in the company of friends while feeding you too. After The Catch gives you a simple and effective way to improve your experience. Giving you advanced features to control and record stats, the app allows you to customise your time effectively.

Price: $0.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Paul Wood Software Technologies

Climbing Mate

Climbing is a universal sport which can be performed anywhere around the world. For inexperienced climbers the sport can often seem a world away. However, with this helpful app you’ll be able to pick up the basics quickly. You are provided with detailed statistics to improve your technique, and shown you some of the brick and motor knots. This app is very versatile making your time safer and more efficient!

Price: $1.29
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Skuami Studio

GPSmeter

In today’s day and age, we hear about GPS all the time. Originating in the Army and quickly filtering into society, GPS is one of the most effective facilities we have. Using the supreme power of GPS, this app allows you to measure different statistics and values. Personally, the ability to export your results is great, giving you the chance you share and track your progress over time. A helpful app which will encourage you to exercise more by giving you the information you actually need.

Price: $1.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: sizzlecode

PushUp Counter

Push ups are an effective workout which can be performed anywhere to provide an effective result. However, they’re not an easy feat for the average person. The app includes a 6 week training scheme to allow you to perform 100 continuous reps. By gradually encouraging you to perform more and more, the workout is not high intensity, but will still show significant improvement by the end. The app counts your number of Push Ups too, meaning you never need to concentrate on anything except the workout. It does this by recognizing the touch of your nose on the phone screen, an innovative and clever way!

Price: $0.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Mosquito

Route Tracker

Tracking your route is an important way to keep fit and healthy. Whether you’re walking, cycling, or running, we all need a way to track our progress and see how we can improve. Route Tracker allows you split your route into stages then show you information from that specific part of the journey. Allowing you to keep in control all the time.

Price: $1.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: David Carballo

Run The Map

Running is an effective sport to gain quick fitness and improve your health. Running gives you escapism from the rest of the world, taking you into your own paradise. This highly accurate application is brilliant for any runner, however, an improvement would be to integrate social networking into the app. Giving a community and a social element to the app would be a vast improvement.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: älex

SportsWatch

We always like to record our times. Competing against others and trying to improve is human nature. However, your average stopwatch probably isn’t that advanced and only gives you the bare basics. This highly capable app allows you to record up to four athletes at one time, being able to record multiple results using one device is great. Timing is necessary in a range of sports, giving this app a huge variety of possibilities. In context, $0.99 isn’t much compared to the price you can pay for an advanced stopwatch, making this extremely good value for money!

Price: $0.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Realtime Results

Trailhead

Hiking around our beautiful world is a pleasure we all enjoy, providing exercise and enjoyment in an easy package. However, it’s often hard to find the best routes to walk. Trailhead is an app which has a database of over 300,000, giving you a massive choice! The search features allow you to differentiate between routes depending on length and location, suiting towards your specific needs. The most appealing feature is that you can share all of your stats and experiences onto a range of different social networking pages. A fantastic app with a wealth of features!

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: The North Face®

Training Diary

Most of us during a fitness regime will experience different workouts along the way. Without variation, us humans would be bored. Training Diary lets you record and track all of your workouts over a period of time; making them easier to control. Containing GPS tracking, this app has everything you would need to maintain a strong fitness pattern. However, I feel that $1.99 is pretty steep compared to free apps which can do exactly the same. If this app was cheaper it would be perfect, but I feel its competitors are much more capable.

Price: $1.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: mvalta

Fitness

6 Week Training

If you’re looking for a quick turn around and an app with high quality tracking abilities, 6 Week Training is for you. The app starts by testing you on a number of exercises such as Pushups, Situps and Squats. From this value, the app will calculate your fitness level and help you progress over time. One feature I love is that you have weekly exhaustion tests, these help change your weeks workout depending on your improvement. An encouraging app which will improve your fitness quickly!

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Herm’s Software Services

Beginner Yoga

Yoga is a great way to improve fitness. Becoming quickly popular around the world, Yoga uses dynamic stretches to increase your ability and mental strength. Beginner Yoga gives you step-by-step instructions with photographs to improve your flexibility over time. The app also allows you to find out all the health benefits of every movement and gives you helpful tips to perfect them!

Price: $0.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: WildCard LLC

Endomondo Sports Tracker

Personal trainers seem to be all the rage at the moment. Having someone to encourage and guide you through a regime can often be the best thing you can do. Although, these sometimes cost a fair amount of money and if you’re involved in a long term work out, the costs will quickly build up. I know an app will never amount to actually having a trainer, but it might be a good replacement. The Endomondo Sports Tracker could be that replacement. Coming with a wide database of features, this app is great for motivating athletes. The app gives you audio feedback judging you on your performance, as well as friends being able send encouragement through the web, you really have all the support you need!

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Endomondo

Fitbit Companion

Fitbit is a product which has gained popular support all over the world. Giving users a unique tracking device which will professionally record statistics. Fitbit Companion allows you to sync this information to your phone. Recording stats such as calories burned, elevation and steps taken, make this app a great friend for any Fitbit user. With a clean and stylish interface this a beautifully designed application will surely take your fancy.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: arnouddejong

Pilates

Pilates is a workout which will increase muscle strength and endurance in many parts of the body. This helpful Pilates assistant gives you understandable instructions to help you experience the sport in your own time. By giving you a number of different exercises, the app creates change. Providing you with detailed descriptions is a great facility of the app, although, I feel the interface could be improved.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: carla_ds

Pocket Trainer

Pocket Trainer is a highly established application which contains over 400 exercises. Working as your trainer, the app creates a personalized program suited towards your goals. I feel this is one of the most advanced fitness apps in the store. Creating a unique workout and guiding you through it slowly and steadily gives a great outcome. A brilliant addition to any phone, Pocket Trainer is expertly designed and structured to provide professional assistance.

Price: $1.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Core Interactioninc.com

Running Mate

A simply designed app, Running Mate will quickly allow you to record and track your progress. Running Mate looks good to use and is easy integrated into your Live Tiles. The key reason I picked this app was the ability to create charts to record progress. Clearly showing improvement and level of fitness over a period of time is great!

Price: $1.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: NabMo Media

Sit Up Trainer

Sit-ups are an easy and hassle free way to work on your abs. However, some people assume these take a lot more effort than they actually do. This is an app which will create a training regime based on your current fitness. After that you will be guided through different sessions reaching your eventual goal! Sit Up Trainer will definitely help you improve the number of reps you can achieve!

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: GustavoMartins

Tabata Stopwatch

Tabata Training is a workout which allows you to improve fitness through interval training. This expertly designed workout gives you an effective and fun method to enhance your health. Tabata Stopwatch allows you to set up different interval timers to record results. A simple, but helpful tool for a range of different activities.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: DeekFit

Total C25K Premium

Total Couch will allow you through a 9 week course to run 5k in 30 minutes, turning the couch potato into a dedicated athlete! I love the “workout plan” on this application which lets you easily track your progress in a vibrant and accessible display. You also have the option to add audio to the app. These will attempt to motivate and encourage you to run further and further!

Price: $1.49
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Six Bars

Cooking

Cooking Timer

Today, burning food in the oven is becoming a daily occurrence. Most of the time this is due to bad timing, because the chef lacks correct equipment. Cooking Timer is a quick replacement which can become an invaluable part of your kitchen. Styled with an aluminium feel, the interface looks professional. Multiple timers are the key purpose of the app. By allowing you to set up three different timers at once, your food will always be precisely cooked.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: VTeam

Cooking Tips

Admit it, most of us are terrible chefs. Our range of food is terrible and we are never trusted to cook in our own house. Cooking Tips gives you the basic key knowledge and allows you to be a bit more helpful in the kitchen. These simple tips can help even the least experienced of us, starting us on the road to success and cooking healthier food everyday.

Price: $0.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Pratik Solanki

CookingHub

Cooking Hub is an application which feeds you the latest in the culinary world. With a clever and effective layout you can easily pick up insightful tips. Providing recipes, tips and challenges, you’ll soon be part of the food loving universe! A free app which is well worth downloading!

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: xemist

CookMate!

When I search for recipes on the web often many of them are in different measurements. For example “cups”, being British we don’t use this unit too often. Cook Mate allows you to instantly convert between different units making your job much easier. This free app solves a common problem and is a great addition to a chef’s arsenal.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Jason Jackson

Healthy Recipes Blogs

Blogs are great. They allow us to share our thoughts with the world by expressing anything on our minds. This is an app which complies many “Healthy” food blogs into one package. The amount of blogs is humongous, allowing you to quickly pick and choose what type of diet you desire. A free and easy to read application which will allow you to eat healthier, perfect!

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: badgeradderall

iFood Assistant Plus

Kraft is one of the most well known companies in the world, producing foods such as Cadbury and Oreo has made them a huge success. iFood Assistant is an app powered by Kraft, so it’s definitely going to be good. First of all, this app is beautiful, Kraft has created a very clean interface which gives you ability to quickly find what you’re looking for. Features such as recipes, guide videos and shopping lists define iFood, making it a force to be reckoned with. A great application which has an even brighter future ahead of it!

Price: $0.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Kraft Foods Inc

Italian Cooking

Italians are famous for their rich variety food and interesting mixes. You may think that all Italian food are high in calories. But, a lot of their food are very healthy. This app, similar to “Healthy Recipe Blogs,” gives you a bunch of Italian recipes presented in blog form. This app will allow you to experience other culture’s food, improve your cooking ability and make you healthier in the process.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Fire Breathing Beaver

Kitchen Toolkit – Cooking Helper

Kitchen Toolkit is one of the funniest and most helpful applications you can find. Mixing cooking with a childish approach makes this app unique. The app has a wealth of features, describing itself as the “Swiss army knife for the home chef.” These features include: a kitchen timer, a unit converter and meat charts for pork and beef. These are the four basic features which are included in this £0.99 application. All can be helpful, although, some apps above have covered these features and to a higher standard.

Price: $0.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Jackson Fish Market

Outdoor Cooking

Walking is a fun and easy way to experience the world through sport. While hiking you always need to eat the best foods to keep your energy levels up. However, this can often be a problem. Outdoor Cooking is an app which solves this problem, by providing you with a range of different nutrition. A handy application, but it lacks a mass amount of data at the moment. I hope in the future this is improved.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Croxweb

Weekly Thai Recipe

Thai food has a rich heritage and is often very enjoyable. This app works on a weekly cycle, adding new recipes every week. The recipes are always very detailed and easy to follow. The only negative I can find is the adverts, these can annoy some people and can’t be removed. Thai food will highly enrich your cooking vocabulary and defiantly allow you to put more healthy ingredients into your meals.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Patrick Kalkman

Birdwatching/Sky Tracking

Bird Quiz

Bird Watching is a sport which many people around the world enjoy. It allows anyone of any age to go out into nature and learn. Bird Quiz tests your abilities in identifying different species of bird. You also have the facility to change between different difficulty levels making it usable for the inexperienced. Thus a well designed application which is great for honing your skills.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Mattias Lindberg

Bird Watching

Another app concerning the same topic is Bird Watching. This app has one sole purpose, to teach you how to watch correctly. Providing you with an extensive guide you will be able to pick up the key basics quickly. The app is highly detailed and is perfect for any watching beginner!

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: KoolAppz

Constellations Free

Constellations fill the sky at night. If you anything like me you won’t be able to tell the difference between them. This app aims to improve your spotting abilities by giving you tests on all of the 88 recognized constellations. Well designed to help you to easily spot and gradually introduce you into the world of space!

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: D.Clark

Meteor Show-free

Meteor showers are a common happening in space. We often miss these because of the fact we never know when they’re occurring. Meteor Show displays the peak times for observing and gives you the ability to view these fantastic objects. It also provides descriptions of the shower by showing a brief history of its existence. Cleverly integrated into your phone’s interface, the app alerts you when the meteor shower is happening in the next week.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: ErlenSoft

SkyMap

This app is your total guide to space. Whether your a new gazer or a long time enthusiast, SkyMap will allow you to explore the sky even more. Being able to locate every known object in space is really helpful for anyone. By increasing your knowledge of the sky, your viewing experiences are surely going to improve. After setting your location and other options you can look at how the sky should appear in the next few days. Allowing you to judge if its worth a view and in turn being able to save worthless time.

Price: $1.49
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Deneb Soft

Star Chart

Star Chart is another Sky Tracking app which will allow you to view the night sky easier. However, a different feature which will greatly enhance a user’s experience is “point and view.” (Star Map has a similar feature, but isn’t executed as well) This allows you to find out what you’re looking at by pointing your device at an object in the sky. Tapping on anything in the sky will give you a list of facts from size all the way to brightness. An invaluable assistant to any gazer!

Price: $2.49
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Escapist Games Limited

Stars

The last two star apps have been the ones you need to pay for, so I’ve decided to look at the free replacements. Stars, is a very simple application giving you the basic features with not much description. However, it still gives you key values such as location and magnitudes. But, I feel that this app still needs a complete overhaul to live up to the standard of other apps.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Bubblegum Enterprise

Stars 3D

My final star app is Stars 3D. The reason this appealed to me so much is that the interface is astounding. Providing you with a layout which will amaze and excite a huge majority of people. The interface is based around a 3D model giving you an easy and effective way to observe the sky. As well as amazing graphics the app provides you will a number of different features making your time much more effective. A great app which will surely encourage you to view the sky more.

Price: $1.49
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: YouVisio Productions Inc.

Health

Track It

As a man this application will not help me at all, however, this solves a problem caused by the majority of woman. Track It allows woman to track their menstruation cycle, allowing you to predict the start and leaving no nasty surprises. A simple app which can be very helpful for woman, great!

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Valid Solutions

BMI Calculator

BMI is a simple way to measure whether you’re at the best weight possible. By entering your height and weight the app calculates your BMI score; from this you can measure the percentage of body fat. The app will then tell you if you are under, ideal or overweight, giving you a helpful basis to track your progress. A small but easy way to record values about your weight.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: AppGateway

Brainwave Tuner

Changing our mental state after a hard day is often a hard task to achieve. Brainwave Tuner allows you to relax your mind with unique patterns of sound – which can be picked by the user. I love that you can differentiate between strength, allowing you to specifically control the way your brain is tuned. An innovative app with a clean interface!

Price: $2.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Xi’an iMobLife Information Technology Co. Ltd

GlucoBook

Diabetes is a condition which affects a mass amount of people and is soon becoming a common problem for older adults and children. Glucobook records your intake of food and stores them in a cloud facility. Allowing you to easily manage your glucose levels and preventing future dilemmas. Yes, this app is $4, which is higher than the normal. But, its purpose helps make a very serious disease easier to control. Well worth your money.

Price: $3.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Victor Nazarenko

Memory Matrix

Your brain is the most important organ in the body. Controlling everything isn’t an easy task; so your brain needs to be in top condition. Memory Matrix exercises the brain, challenging it to perform tasks and remembering patterns. Increasing your brains capability and power can be very effective. A great app which won’t take much time out of your day.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Handy Pocket LLC

My Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a value we all need to record. We want to know if it fluctuates over time and whether this is healthy for us. This app allows you to input your results into a log. Giving you a definitive timeline of the progress of your diastolic, systolic values and heart rate. Making sure you can instantly track this result is something which will be highly beneficial.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: ZiLeex

Sleep

Sleep is an important task which prepares us for the day ahead and calms us down. Personally, I have a big problem with my sleeping. Struggling to sleep which in turn affects my concentration and performance throughout the day. Sleep is an app which will play calming sounds to increase your sleeping quality. I’ve used many apps to help me and few have actually worked. This was actually one of the most successful.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: microhaxo

Soothr

Earlier I talked about Brainwave tuner, an app which had been scientifically designed to change your mind state. Soothr follows that same basis apart from the fact it is less detailed. A unique feature of this app is that you can layer different sounds on top of each other. For example I could combine the rain with an airliner, creating a peaceful combination of sound . You can also use Soothr for sleeping, with a helpful countdown timer which will turn off after a number of minutes. A delightful app which has a great function!

Price: $1.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Soothr

Stop Smoking

Smoking is a habit which consumes people. A habit which is often hard to stop and can lead to disastrous circumstances. Stop Smoking records statistics which encourage you to kick the urge. It does this by showing values such as: money saved, time since last cigarette and increased life expectancy. This is another application which helps solve a serious problem and I highly recommend using it.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: PERRYNET

Test Your Ears

Hearing is one of the most important abilities we humans have. Allowing us to have conversations, listen to nature and experience the wonders of music. As all of us become older this ability starts to deteriorate; weakening our hearing. These tests help you to find out how good your hearing actually is and maybe highlighting an unseen problem. Allowing you to make changes before anything worse happens.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Dig IT Out

Test Your Eyes

Your eyes are just as important as your hearing; giving you endless amounts of enjoyment. Through quick exercises this app can tell you if your eyesight is up to scratch or not. Instantly telling you if further treatment is needed. An effective app which will help preserve a vital sense.

Price: Free
Requires:Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Dig IT Out

Toothbrush Timer

Throughout our whole lives we will be brushing our teeth at least twice a day. However, most of us probably aren’t brushing for long enough to provide a thorough clean. Toothbrush timer tracks how you long you are brushing and instructs you on which part of the mouth to focus on. Providing encouraging support this app will defiantly help to make your teeth cleaner and healthier!

Price: $0.99
Requires:Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Jeff Blankenburg

Though these applications may all be great in their concepts and abilities, progression is totally based around you. If you’re not willing to dedicate effort to your goal, unfortunately you won’t gain anything. I’m sure all of these apps can help you in one way or another. If you are willing to dedicate yourself you will definitely reap the benefits!

Thanks for reading and please comment below with your views!


  • http://www.techendeavour.com Lakshmi Balu

    That is a cool list of interesting apps for the window phone. I am loving the window phone platform for development and want to learn more as this platform has all that it takes to be a leader of the mobile space much like Android and iPhone. Another app which interested me is the photo editor+ app in the window app market place.

  • cretlyancer

    Dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, parrots – who do you prefer? Or maybe what that non-native animals – snakes, crocodiles, lizards, monkeys?