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The 7 Best Free Health and Fitness Apps in 2020

The 7 Best Free Health and Fitness Apps in 2020

Key findings on 2020's best free health and fitness apps:

  • Coronavirus quarantine measures appear to have caused a surge in Health & Fitness app downloads.
  • Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal, Inc. is the best free health and fitness app on the Google Play Store, having been downloaded over 50 million times, including 437,478 times last month.
  • Of the top seven, Home Workout - No Equipment by Leap Fitness Group has performed best over the last month, often surpassing 600,000 daily downloads and registering over 12 million downloads since March 9th.
     

It should suffice to say that healthy living is of the utmost importance. Nevertheless, in an era of social media, high-quality video on demand, and increasingly affordable fine dining, it's easy to see why counting your calories and hitting the gym might not be the most appealing way to spend your time.

 

Fortunately, the mobile app market has made healthy living easier and more convenient than ever before, offering world-class dietary advice, exercise tips, and training regimens at the simple tap of a finger. So, with this in mind, we here at 42matters thought it might be useful to examine the best free health and fitness apps in 2020.

 

In this article, we’ve decided to focus on the Google Play Store only. (If you’re interested in learning more about our Apple App Store data, click here). By using the 42matters App Market Explorer to analyze global app download statistics, we have determined which seven health and fitness apps are most popular among Android device users.

 

Moreover, our App Market Explorer leverages the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Content Taxonomy, thus improving the granularity and precision of its data.

 

As such, we were able to go a level deeper than the broadly defined “Health & Fitness” category listed on the Google Play Store and home in on IAB categories such as nutrition, weight loss, fitness and exercise, and running and jogging. In effect, this means we were able to exclude from our results apps that fall into such buckets as “Wellness” and “Smoking Cessation” – perfectly fine categories, but not quite what we were after for the sake of this article.

 

In total, we found that 11,052 apps satisfied our criteria for this article. Of those 11,052 apps, here are the seven best free health and fitness apps of 2020.

 

(If you’re interested in learning more about other app categories, try our App Market Explorer for free or contact our expert.)

1. Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal by MyFitnessPal, Inc.

The Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal mobile app leverages gamification elements to keep users motivated as they track their diet and exercise habits. Moreover, the app facilitates calorie counting by allowing users to either scan the barcodes of various food items or manually find them in the app's pre-existing database.

 

Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal has been downloaded over 50 million times, with 437,478 downloads in the last month. Here are the daily download statistics, pulled from the 42matters App Market Explorer, from between March 9th, 2020 and April 8th, 2020:

 

Daily downloads for MyFitnessPal, the best free health and fitness apps.

 

The plurality of MyFitnessPal’s recent downloads are American consumers, who accounted for 25.7%. Users in the United Kingdom, Germany, India, and Brazil round out the top five. However, nearly 50% of the app’s recent downloads come from outside these countries, as demonstrated by the chart below, also pulled from our App Market Explorer:

 

Monthly downloads by country for MyFitnessPal.

 

(If you’re interested in learning more about Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal, try our App Market Explorer for free or schedule a demo.)

2. Home Workout - No Equipment by Leap Fitness Group

Home Workout - No Equipment is a mobile app by Leap Fitness Group, an app development company that focuses on health and fitness tools. It provides users with daily workout routines that they can do from home – no trainer or equipment necessary.


Home Workout - No Equipment has been downloaded over 50 million times, with an astonishing 12,815,662 downloads in the last month. Here are the daily download statistics from between March 9th, 2020 and April 8th, 2020:

 

Increase in daily downloads for Home Workout - No Equipment coincides with coronavirus measures.

 

This chart sheds some light on the app’s recent surge in downloads. Indeed, the uptick appears to coincide with coronavirus-related lockdowns and quarantines.

 

As we noted in a previous blog, the WHO declared coronavirus a pandemic on March 11th, 2020. Shortly thereafter, countries, states, and cities all over the world implemented various measures to stem the spread of the virus. As a result, many apps, and especially those that improve life in quarantine, experienced substantial boosts in downloads.

 

Moreover, as downloads for Home Workout - No Equipment have boomed, so too have the number of ratings. This trend is captured by the App Market Explorer:

 

An increase in downloads for Home Workout - No Equipment coincides with an increase in ratings.

 

Fortunately, ratings for Home Workout - No Equipment have remained quite high, holding steady at 4.83 stars:

 

Ratings for Home Workout - No Equipment have remained steady in spite of increased usage.

 

This is not always the case, as increased usage tends to reveal weaknesses in the app’s infrastructure, user experience, etc.

 

(If you’re interested in learning more about Home Workout - No Equipment, try our App Market Explorer for free or schedule a demo.)

3. Lose Weight at Home - Home Workout in 30 Days by Simple Design Ltd.

Lose Weight at Home - Home Workout in 30 Days by Simple Design Ltd. was built to help users lose weight in a fast and safe way. It offers both systematic workouts and dietary advice. Moreover, it syncs with Google Fit to help users better track calorie and workout data.

 

Lose Weight at Home - Home Workout in 30 Days has been downloaded over 50 million times, with 3,405,033 downloads in the last month. Here are the daily download statistics from between March 9th, 2020 and April 8th, 2020:

 

Daily downloads for Lose Weight at Home - Home Workout in 30 Days.

 

(If you’re interested in learning more about Lose Weight at Home - Home Workout in 30 Days, try our App Market Explorer for free or schedule a demo.)

4. Six Pack in 30 Days - Abs Workout by Leap Fitness Group

Six Pack in 30 Days - Abs Workout is another mobile app by Leap Fitness Group. It was designed to help users lose belly fat and sculpt six pack abs from the comfort of their own homes.

 

Six Pack in 30 Days - Abs Workout has been downloaded over 50 million times, with 7,616,005 downloads in the last month. Here are the daily download statistics from between March 9th, 2020 and April 8th, 2020:

 

Daily downloads for Six Pack in 30 Days - Abs Workout.

 

 

(If you’re interested in learning more about Six Pack in 30 Days - Abs Workout, try our App Market Explorer for free or schedule a demo.)

5. Abs Workout - Burn Belly Fat with No Equipment by Simple Design Ltd.

The Abs Workout - Burn Belly Fat with No Equipment mobile app by Simple Design Ltd. offers a systematic 30-day workout plan designed to help users flatten their bellies and tone their abs. It also provides animations and video guides demonstrating the proper techniques for achieving optimal results. No equipment is needed, so users can get started easily.

 

Abs Workout - Burn Belly Fat with No Equipment has been downloaded over 10 million times, with 312,162 downloads in the last month. Here are the daily download statistics from between March 9th, 2020 and April 8th, 2020:

 

Daily downloads for Abs Workout - Burn Belly Fat with No Equipment.

 

 

(If you’re interested in learning more about Abs Workout - Burn Belly Fat with No Equipment, try our App Market Explorer for free or schedule a demo.)

6. Arm Workout - Biceps Exercise by Leap Fitness Group

Arm Workout - Biceps Exercise is another product of Leap Fitness Group. Designed by professional fitness coaches, it was created to help people around the world build stronger arms. It offers short, effective arm workouts aimed at building biceps and triceps. No equipment is needed and all workouts can be performed at home.


Arm Workout - Biceps Exercise has been downloaded over 10 million times, with an impressive 1,257,565 downloads in the last month. Here are the daily download statistics from between March 9th, 2020 and April 8th, 2020:

 

Daily downloads for Arm Workout - Biceps Exercise.

 

(If you’re interested in learning more about Arm Workout - Biceps Exercise, try our App Market Explorer for free or schedule a demo.)

 

7. Buttocks Workout - Hips, Legs & Butt Workout by Simple Design Ltd.

Buttocks Workout - Hips, Legs & Butt Workout is a mobile app developed by Simple Design Ltd. It is focused on helping users sculpt their hips, legs, and butts. It offers a 30-day systematic exercise plan that can be done anywhere. It also provides animations and video guides demonstrating the proper techniques for achieving optimal results.

 

Buttocks Workout - Hips, Legs & Butt Workout has been downloaded over 10 million times, with 683,581 downloads in the last month. Here are the daily download statistics from between March 9th, 2020 and April 8th, 2020:

 

Daily downloads for Buttocks Workout - Hips, Legs & Butt Workout.

 

(If you’re interested in learning more about Buttocks Workout - Hips, Legs & Butt Workout, try our App Market Explorer for free or schedule a demo.)

 

Get More App Data from 42matters

To learn more about the leading Health and Fitness Apps check out the 42matters App Market Explorer for free or contact our expert!

 

The App Market Explorer is the ultimate app market research tool. It enables you to explore every app, game, and publisher available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store.

 

It provides in-depth visual insights into app download statistics, app categories, app metadata, app rating and review analyses, and more. You can also download this data as CSV and leverage it however you like: In your own algorithms, analyses, products, studies – you name it!

 

Do you have a particular use case or problem in mind? Schedule a free demo with one of our experts and we’ll show you how the App Market Explorer can be deployed to accommodate your particular needs.