• Balance App: Barcode Scanner

    If you are unable to find a food item using the barcode scanner, check first that the region in your phone settings matches the country you are searching in. You could also try typing the food item directly in the search bar instead of scanning the barcode.

    We wanted to make sure you could use our new barcode scanner feature as soon as possible, but we know there could still be some issues within the feature from time to time. Rest assured that we are continuously working to address these issues to offer you an optimal experience.

  • News Feed

    Fitness and a healthy diet go hand in hand. The News Feed allows you to stay connected with your Runtastic friends, get motivated by their progress in any of our Runtastic apps and gain extra accountability knowing that your friends can see when you are (or are not) doing your workouts.

    Periodically, we will include some amazing content from our experts on the Runtastic blog. Get a boost of motivation, training tips or healthy recipes directly in your Runtastic News Feed when you need it most.

  • Defining Your Goal

    When you open the app for the first time, we will ask you for some simple data about yourself, including height, weight, age and gender. We will also ask you what your goal is, for example, to lose weight, gain weight or simply eat healthy. If you choose to lose or gain weight, we will also ask you to specify your target weight. You will then be provided with a suitable daily calorie recommendation along with a suggested calorie intake for each meal.  The daily suggested amount of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) will also be displayed in the app.

  • Tracking Food in Your Diary

    Simply tap “Diary” on the bottom bar to see your calorie and macronutrient (carbohydrates, protein and fat) recommendation for the day and the suggested calorie intake for each meal. The “+” symbol next to each meal (e.g. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks) will take you to the search bar where you can search for and add foods to your diary. Alternatively, the “+”  on the bottom bar will bring you directly to the search bar.

    Once you have selected the correct food and portion size, tap the tick icon in the top right corner.  Continue adding the foods and drinks until your meal is complete, then tap the tick icon in the top left corner to save the items to your diary.

    As you add food and drink items, you will see your calorie total adjust accordingly. Your “Diary” also shows the number of carbs, protein and fat that you have consumed for the day. In addition, you are provided with an overview of the foods you had for each meal.

    To see the details of your food diary for a previous day, simply swipe right. If you would like to plan ahead, you can add food items for each meal for the next seven days by swiping left. Alternatively, tap on the calendar at the top right corner to quickly view a specific day.

  • Searching for a Food Item

    To search for a food or drink in the Balance app, simply type the name of the item in the search bar. You can reach the search bar by tapping the “+” symbol next to each meal or the “+” on the bottom bar. Choose the relevant item to view more details such as serving size and nutrition facts. Once you have selected the correct food and portion size, tap “Add” in the top right corner.

    Alternatively, you can use the handy barcode scanner to track your food. Simply tap the barcode icon in the search bar to launch the scanner. Make sure the entire barcode is behind the camera and hold the phone steady until the item is recognized.

    Note: When using the barcode scanner for the first time, you will need to allow the app to access your phone’s camera.

    Already using the recipes in our Runtasty app? Simply type “Runtasty” followed by the recipe name in the search bar to find your recipe. The calories and macronutrients in these recipes are already calculated for you!

    Can’t find what you’re looking for? Take a look here for further tips.

  • Deleting a Food Item

    Made a mistake and want to remove a food item from your diary? Just tap on the meal (for example, Breakfast) to bring up an overview of the foods you tracked. Tap on the item you wish to delete and then on the three dots in the top right corner. Tap “Delete” and the item will be removed.

  • Choosing a Serving Size

    Once you have tapped a food item to view more details, you will see a green measuring bar. You can adjust your serving size by moving this bar until it is at your desired amount.

    Similarly, to change the serving unit (for example, from “cups” to “grams”) move the serving scale just beneath.

    There are a variety of ways to select and determine portion sizes in Balance. Common measuring containers (cups, mugs, etc.) are an option for things like nuts or grains. For fruits and vegetables, you will find sizes like small, medium and large, as well as parts of the whole, like a slice of avocado or an apple ring. Standard units of measurement for weight and volume are always available. While you’re still getting used to food tracking, measuring and weighing foods will help you develop a feel for portion sizes in the future!

  • Nutrition Plans

    Whether you want to improve your stamina, discover newfound energy and motivation, or simply form healthy, balanced eating habits, as a Premium Member you will automatically be assigned a nutrition plan to help make your goals a reality.    

    Try out a nutrition plan today like Energy Boost, Weight Loss or Healthy Balance by tapping “Plans” and make your way towards a healthier you.

    You have the option to change your nutrition plan at any time and try out a different one! Changing the plan will automatically update the recommended macronutrients in your diary.

    In addition, your nutrition plan contains a list of Do’s and Don’ts to guide you towards a balanced diet and "Must-Haves" for your pantry in order to easily reach your goal.

    Not yet a Premium Member? Purchase a Runtastic Premium Membership here.

  • Change Your Goal

    Your goals may change while you are tracking with the Balance app. For example, you may have reached your target weight and now wish to maintain your current weight. To change your goal in the app, simply follow these steps:

    • Tap “Diary”
    • Ensure you are viewing today’s entries
    • Scroll to the bottom
    • Tap on the three dots on the right side
    • Tap “Change Goal”
    • Make the necessary changes
    • Tap “Update Goal”
  • Update Your Weight

    You have the option to update your Weight in case it changes while tracking with the Balance app. To do so, simply follow these steps:

    • Tap “Diary”
    • Ensure you are viewing today’s entries
    • Scroll to the bottom
    • Tap “Update Weight”
    • Make the necessary changes
    • Tap “OK” to save
  • Change Profile Details

    Follow these simple steps to change your profile details in the Balance app:

    • Tap “Profile” at the bottom
    • Tap the “gear” icon in the top right corner
    • Select “Profile”
    • Now you can change your profile settings, e.g. your birthdate, height or weight

    To change your email address, please visit Runtastic.com.

  • Change Units

    Follow these simple steps to change the units in the Balance app:

    • Tap “Profile” at the bottom
    • Tap the “gear” icon to get to “Settings”
    • Select “Units”
    • Now you can change the distance and weight units by tapping them
  • Log Out

    To log out of the app, tap the “gear icon” and select “Log out” at the bottom.

  • Push Notifications

    Your progress is important to us and we want to help you stay on track! Push notifications keep you informed and motivated directly on your phone.

    Follow these simple steps to edit the Push Notifications settings in the Balance app:

    • Tap “Profile” at the bottom
    • Tap the “gear icon” to get to “Settings”
    • Tap “Notifications”
    • Select which Notifications you would like to receive