Top 10 Health Apps for 2018
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, “less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day.” Additionally, a recent study by psychologists shows that the average adult spends roughly five hours a day on their smartphone. As technology continues to evolve, it’s important we do not neglect the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Health apps combine the technology we use every day with the health focus we need. Here is a list of our top 10 health apps in no specific order.
Focus: Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
Cost: Free (Premium Available for $9.99/month or $49.99/year)
Myfitnesspal was one of the first fitness apps on the market and continues to rise in popularity. This app provides a database of 6+ million foods, making it easy for users to track their diet without inputting detailed information. Myfitnesspal also allows users to choose from menu options at thousands of restaurants across the US. If that’s not enough, users can also create their favorite meals which eliminate the need to list out individual ingredients. Lastly, this app can sync with 50+ apps and devices including fitbits and apple watches. Myfitnesspal creates a community of health-oriented people. Users can use this safe space to share updates or accomplishments and find motivation, support, and tips 24/7.
Focus: 5 to 60 Minute Workout Plans
Cost: Free Trial (After $29.99/quarterly or $79.99 yearly)
SworkIt has delivered 50+ million workouts to people at various fitness levels. This app creates a six-week program based on your current fitness level, where you want to be, and how much time you want to spend. In addition to your customizable workout plan, you have access to a huge database of weight exercises. These workouts can be as short as five minutes, so saying you’re too busy is no longer an option. This app also allows users to create their own workouts and gives access to a real trainer for any questions or advice. SworkIt wants users to “simply work it” and contribute to a healthier generation.
Focus: Diet Plans and Recipes
Cost: $21.99/3 months, $29.99/ 6 months, $44.99/12 months
LifeSum provides users with the best diet plan whether that be low carb, high protein, etc. The calorie counter and barcode scanner is an easy way to track nutrition. Lifesum also provides a MacroTracker so users can easily see their daily nutrition and macro information. Are you someone who easily forgets things? LifeSum is perfect for you because you will be reminded to eat and drink. If that’s not enough, LifeSum serves as a motivational coach and gives recommendations that are tailored just for you through a quick survey!
Focus: Meditation and Sleep Stories
Cost: Free (Unlimited Access $12.99/month or $59.99/year)
Calm focuses on lowering stress and anxiety and allows users to have a more restful sleep. This app includes stories, breathing techniques, and relaxing music. Sessions can be as short as 3 minutes or as long as 25, so there are always options to fit your schedule. Stressed at work? Calm has sounds to help you focus. Can’t sleep? Calm has 100+ adult bedtime stories to help soothe you to sleep. This app is a great way to ease you into the day and help you unwind in the evening.
Focus: Weight Lifting Routine Tracker
Cost: Free (Elite $39.99/year)
Jetfit has 1300+ weight training exercises, daily workout routines, and fitness plans. Building muscle is that much easier with easy access to track your workouts and create your exercises. Jetfit is great for both men and women. The workout planner allows users to create custom fitness plans personalized to your specific goals. Losing weight, increasing strength, and building a lean body is the focus of this app. Detailed instructions and animations make workouts a breeze. If you love going to the gym, this app is for you!
Focus: Smart Cycle Alarm
SleepBot is a sleep tracker, smart alarm, and sound machine all in one! The Smart Wake Up feature detects sounds and movements 30 minutes before your scheduled alarm. This allows you to avoid waking up when you’re in REM. If you’re nervous you won’t wake up, don’t fret! SleepBot has multiple alarm capabilities. Movement tracking is customizable so even the heaviest of sleepers can benefit. Use SleepBot to see how often you are disturbed in the night and track how long it takes you to fall asleep. If that’s not enough, SleepBot has soothing soundtracks to help you fall asleep. If you’re interested in getting the most from your sleep, this app is for you.
Cost: Free ($0.99/add-ons)
Blogilates is Youtube fitness star, Cassey Ho’s app. She has created a one-stop-shop for videos, recipes, calendars, and forums. You are able to take all of her videos with you to the gym and all of her amazing recipes to the kitchen. Her forum allows you to post and connect with the community and the workout calendar ensures you are pairing the appropriate exercises. Additionally, each month Cassey releases a secret workout video that you’re able to download and keep on your phone. If you’re a fan of Cassey Ho, this app will not disappoint.
Couch to 5k
Focus: Health & Fitness
Are you a couch potato looking to get into shape but easily overwhelmed? This app is perfect for you! With your choice of 5 trainers, you will be up and running in 9 weeks! These trainers tell you when to run and walk and are there for your entire journey. You will stay motivated with the built-in countdown timer, halftime bell, and success stories. Couch to 5k allows you to track how you feel before or after runs and overall progress. The HealthUnlocked community forums is a safe space to connect with like-minded individuals. Running a 5k just got that much easier!
Focus: Activities, Games & Meditation
Cost: Free (Premium $14.99/month, $139.99/year, $449.99/life)
Happify understands the importance of happiness and brings you effective tools to make sure you are the best version of yourself mentally and emotionally. The techniques in this app were developed by scientists who have been studying mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy for years! Happify helps you eliminate negative thoughts, cope with stress, build confidence, and fuel success.
Focus: Health Tracker
Tracking your calories, macros, exercise, sleep, hunger, and mood just became that much easier! Fooducate differentiates itself from other food trackers by teaching you how to eat healthily. This app allows you to scan barcodes of foods and get information that manufacturers don’t want you to notice. This can include added sugars, corn syrup, MSG, etc. Fooducate allows users to personalize their experience by inputting additional information regarding their health conditions. This app focuses on more than just diet and creates a platform where living a healthy lifestyle easy and convenient.
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