10 Apps to Track and Manage Your Health
Pursuing a healthy lifestyle has never been easier with all these resources that you can access right from your phone or smart device. Whether you want to exercise more, eat better, drink more water or sleep better, there is an app for that!
Apple’s native health app is a great way to get started on your health journey and compile all your data in one place. The app can track your steps without a step tracking device. Simply keep your phone in your pocket and it will track your movement and motion. It can also track other aspects of your health such as nutrition, sleep, reproductive health, heart rate and more. Many devices and apps will integrate with the Apple Health app to give you a comprehensive view of your health.
You are probably familiar with Fitbit for their wearable activity trackers. Their app is a hub for all your Fitbit data, including workouts, steps and sleep. But, the Fitbit app can also track some activity even if you do not have a Fitbit device. Based on your phone’s movement, the app can track basic activity, such as distance and steps. You can also track other health metrics, such as your meals, work outs, sleep and weight.
Couch to 5K will guide you through every step of their nine-week program that will gradually prepare you for a 5K run. This app will track your distance and times, allow you to sync your playlists and share your progress with your friends on social media!
You don’t need a gym membership to get a good workout thanks to Sworkit. No matter where you are in the world, you can have access to over 50 workouts right from your phone. This app has 5-60 minute videos that guide you through your workouts and can be personalized based on your fitness level. They will even connect you with a personal trainer to get personalized advice for your fitness journey.
MyFitnessPal is a comprehensive food and meal tracker. They have a database of over 6 million foods and their barcode scanner makes it easy to scan and log everything you eat without any complicated calculations. You can set goals for your nutrition, including calories, vitamins and other important nutrition goals. You can also track your workouts and the calories that you burn throughout the day.
Waterlogged’s goal is simple…encourage you to drink more water! This app can help you set goals, send you reminders to drink more water and log every ounce that you drink daily. If you upgrade to their premium account, the app can even integrate with your Fitbit app!
Stress and anxiety are a major roadblock to a healthy lifestyle. Headspace can help you learn to stay calm, focus on your work, sleep better and reduce stress. This app provides guided meditations that help you no matter what situation you are in. They have hundreds of meditations on many topics, including work, anxiety, compassion, anger and even some for kids!
We’ve covered apps that help you eat better and exercise your body more, but now it’s time to train your brain! Luminosity has games and activities that improve your memory, focus and moods. Backed by science, Luminosity makes brain training easy and fun!
Whether you are trying to break a habit (such as smoking or drinking soda) or start a new habit (such as eating breakfast or going on a walk every day), HabitMinder is a great tool. Habit management has never been easier with graphics and stats that show you how well you are doing on your journey to new habits.
Sleep is one of the most important, yet underrated aspects of our health and Sleep Cycle is here to help! Simply place your phone on your nightstand or on your bed and the app will use your phone to track your sleep. In the morning, you have a graph of your sleep cycles. You can also use Sleep Cycle as an alarm! Choose the time that you would like to wake up and it begin to wake you when you are in your lightest sleep phase.