Editor's Note: This article was published in it's original form in September, 2019. It has been updated to provide the current most popular Stocks APIs based on page visits to ProgrammableWeb.
Recent technologies have powered the fitness industry into a Digital Transformation. Mobile applications and wearables are available to track sports & activities, calories, heart rate, standing, sitting, and climbing stairs vs. taking the elevator, nutrition macros, sleep cycles, and even blood sugar. All this available data has upped the game for the Fitness industry, and driving this innovation are Fitness APIs.
What is a Fitness API?
A Fitness API is an Application Programming Interface that developers can use to integrate applications with Fitness data and fitness tools.
Developers looking to create applications for keeping fit should check out the Fitness category on ProgrammableWeb. There, they can find the best APIs for their app from a huge directory curated by our API researchers.
In this article, we reveal the top ten Fitness APIs, chosen by total page visits on ProgrammableWeb.
1. Can I Eat It? API
Can I Eat It? Food Search and Barcode lookup APITrack this API enables users to access data for over 80,000 food products. Can I Eat It? API enables users to search by product name or barcode, and obtain nutritional value, tasting notes, dietary restrictions, allergen lists, vegan, vegetarian, other special diets (i.e. Keto) and fairtrade status of products.
2. Apple HealthKit
Apple's HealthKitTrack this API enables health and fitness apps to share their data with the iOS 8+ Health application, with Apple Watch applications, and with each other. HealthKit can serve as a hub for all the health and fitness apps on an iOS device. This allows consumers to have more oversight of their health and fitness. Healthkit strives for data sharing for health purposes while maintaining the user's privacy and control.
3. Garmin Health API
The Garmin Health APITrack this API enables developers to leverage health and activity data from Garmin wearable devices. It is intended to be used for such applications as corporate wellness, population health, and patient monitoring. There are methods available to collect data about steps, sleep, calories, heart rate, stress, intensity minutes, body composition and more. Thirty types of activity are monitored including running, cycling, paddle boarding, swimming and more. User consent is required for data retrieval. Documentation is available to registered developers.
4. FatSecret Platform API
FatSecret provides tools to achieve diet goals. The FatSecret Platform APITrack this API enables access to a large food and nutrition database. With the API, developers can integrate curated nutrition and calorie data from food brands, recipes, and restaurants into mobile apps, websites, devices, and complementary products and services. This API is utilized by more than 10,000 developers in more than 50 countries.
5. Fitbit API
Fitbit provides wearable equipment and data services to help people lead healthier, more active lives. The Fitbit Web APITrack this API enables third-party applications to access activity data and write data. The API can be used to create applications that enhance the Fitbit Platform, for research purposes, or for data backup purposes. There are methods for body & weight, devices, food logging, heart rate, sleep, subscriptions, other activities and more.
6. Google Fit API
Google Fit is an open platform for storing fitness data from wearables or mobile applications. With the platform, developers can create fitness applications and users can control their fitness data. The platform is comprised of a cloud service (the Fitness store) for storing data, a sensor Framework, permission controls, and Android and REST APIs. The Google Fit REST APITrack this API allows users to collect, store and reference fitness data in order to create third-party fitness applications. The API can be used to create, obtain, list, aggregate, delete, and modify datasets. The API can also be used for session tracking for time intervals.
7. MyFitnessPal API
MyFitnessPal is a web and mobile application that helps users track their diets and exercise. The MyFitnessPal APITrack this API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of MyFitnessPal with other applications and to create new applications. The API enables uses to manage users, measurements, food and exercise diary, subscriptions and more.
8. GymMaster API
GymMaster provides gym and fitness center membership management software. The GymMaster APITrack this API provides access to data within the GymMaster platform, including classes, workouts, booking, services, feedback, measurements, membership, outstanding balance, signup, payment, and promotions.
9. wger Workout Manager API
Wger Workout Manager is an open-source web application for tracking fitness and managing exercises. The application features include a workout manager that allows users to create and manage workout routines, a weight tracker that will keep track of body weight, and a nutrition manager for creating a diet plan based on nutritional guidelines. wger Workout Manager provides a REST APITrack this API for access to all database objects.
10. ZivaCare API
ZivaCare Platform connects and collects health data from any device, sensor and wearable. The ZivaCare APITrack this API allows querying users' health data including body (measurements of head, neck, arms, hands, torso, and legs), human (blood glucose, blood oxygen, blood pressure, body fat, body mass index, genetics, heart rate, and height), goals (activity, body fat, meal, sleep, step, water, and weight), and threshold.
But this is just a sample of the Fitness APIs that are listed on ProgrammableWeb. To see the full list, head on over to our Fitness category for more than 120 APIs, 140 SDKs, and 35 Code Samples to peruse.