I had never thought a list of Android applications could be so personal. Due to a recent health scare in the family, I’m making a considerable effort to take better care of myself. Since my HTC Droid Incredible is with me at all times, it seems like the perfect tool to aid me in this quest.

If you’re looking to get in shape, there are some surprisingly effective apps out there that you should be using and they’ve quickly become apps that I use every day.

Calorie Counter – My Fitness Pal

The most important thing to get under control is your diet. You are what you eat, as the saying goes, so if you consume garbage your body will slowly take on a garbage-like quality.

My Fitness Pal makes it simple to not only count calories but track your exercise as well, even giving you an estimated amount of calories burned based on the information you enter. You can even track how much water you consume, though what effect this has on your food diary I’m not sure. And this is more than just a journal. You can enter your starting weight and your goal weight so it’ll track your progress throughout your entire weight loss (or weight gain) journey.

RunKeeper Pro

While My Fitness Pal’s exercise tracking features are a nice addition, the app is still primarily a dieting application. For a more extensive exercise app, there’s RunKeeper Pro.

RunKeeper supports a variety of exercises, allowing you to create your own workout routines. Want to run for five minutes, take a short breather, and then run for five more minutes? Just create a custom workout and RunKeeper will keep you on track using audio cues. The app even uses the GPS function in your phone to track your location, so you can engineer workouts around distance, too. You can even have RunKeeper post your results to Twitter and Facebook, which is a great way to hold yourself accountable. RunKeeper is everything you want in a fitness app.

Instant Heart Rate

Your heart is quite literally the most important part of your body and something you want to keep very healthy. It’s important to check up on it now and again to make sure your beats per minute are within the desired range and not too high or too low.

Instant Heart Rate can tell you how quickly your heart is beating in a matter of seconds using the phone’s camera and LED light. Just place your index finger gently on the camera lens and the app will track the color changes in the light shooting through your finger. Except for the light smudge you’ll leave on the lens, this is a pretty fantastic app for keeping tabs on your health.

Keep Fit and Have Fun!

There are a multitude of health-oriented apps available for the Android platform, but the ones I’ve listed here I consider to be some of the most helpful. And best of all, they’re free!

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