In the quest for success, financial freedom, and stability, life often becomes a blur of activity, a mad rush from point A to point B.
However, this doesn’t mean that health and wellness should be pushed to the back burner.
Thankfully, with the many technological breakthroughs in the health and fitness space, having a sound mind and healthy body doesn’t have to be difficult and time-consuming.
We’ve listed 15 apps to start you on your journey to health and wellness today.
Aside from increasing productivity and decreasing the risk of chronic diseases, a few minutes of exercise every day can boost your confidence.
Seven by Perigee is a science-based app that employs HICT or high-intensity circuit training. For just seven minutes of your day to do the exercises, it requires minimal equipment as well, so you can work out at home or in the office, whenever you want.
There’s no need for a separate timer to do the exercises. The app also has built-in spoken instructions and visuals to guide you.
It’s free to download for iOS and Android devices and offers in-app purchases if you want to take your workout to the next level.
#2. Zombies, Run!
If you think being chased by zombies is enough motivation for you to start running, try Zombies, Run! It’s a game and a running companion rolled in one.
The way it works is, first, you select an episode, choose your playlist, and then go for a run. As one of the main players in the story, you go out on a mission, which includes collecting supplies to build your base and dodging zombies while you’re at it. The only way to escape the zombies is to run for real.
You can run anywhere – at home, in the gym, or outdoors. The app offers detailed stats of your game and running progress.
Zombies, Run! is offered free for Android and iOS devices and includes in-app purchases for more game levels and additional features.
#3. Fitness 365
Fitness 365 turns your mobile device into your personal trainer. With features such as motion sensing, workout routine monitoring, and a built-in voice coach, the app keeps track of the sets and reps (repetitions) you perform and lets you know if your goal is achieved.
Fitness 365 also tracks calories burned for every workout and helps you up your game with level progression and rewards.
This app is offered free to iOS users. In-app purchases are available.
#4. FitStar Yoga
If strength training plus weight loss are your goals, FitStar Yoga may be right for you. This app lets you do yoga in the comfort of your own home or even when you’re traveling.
Built for newbie and expert yogis, it provides a string of videos showing the different yoga poses, custom audio tracks, and customized yoga sessions based on your feedback.
AirPlay mirroring lets you stream videos from your mobile device to your television.
Yoga Basic can be downloaded free to your iOS device to get you started with a few premade freestyle sessions and one custom session per week. Yoga Premium subscription starts at $7.99 per month for more custom workouts and features based on your feedback, goals, and capabilities.
No, it’s not the title of your dad’s favorite song.
Geared towards newbie fitness enthusiasts, Endomondo is an app that can track over 50 different exercises including their duration, distance, speed, and calories burned. It also provides real-time audio feedback for your workouts, when you need some motivation to keep moving and improving.
Aside from its tracking features, the app also allows you to share (or show off) your achievements with friends or other users.
You can download the app for free on your iOS, Android, or Windows Phone device. A premium version is also available if you need more features.
Health monitoring apps
#6. Lose It!
If you want to shed a few (or more) pounds, try Lose It! Among the app’s nifty features are a meal planner, calorie counter, and exercise tracker. It also has a built-in database of restaurants and food brands with their total calorie content.
By inputting how much weight you want to shed, the app shows you your calorie requirement per day. You then log what you eat, and Lose It! helps with portion suggestions to achieve your weight loss goal.
The app is available on the web, as well as on iOS, Android, Nook, and Kindle devices. Basic and premium subscriptions are offered.
#7. Tactio Health
Tactio Health not only helps you stay fit, but also manages health concerns and nutrition. It can track blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, weight and body fat, sleep, and physical activity (like daily steps), among others.
Enter your personal health information into the app, and Tactio Health provides near- and long-term health risks, with the aim to improve the quality of your life.
The app can be downloaded free on iOS and Android devices. Upgrades are available.
Argus allows you to measure your heart rate anytime using your phone’s camera and your fingertip, record alcohol intake, body temperature, blood pressure, even your daily water intake, and the duration and frequency of your naps.
Want to keep a food diary but too lazy to write? Argus lets you snap photos of your meals a la Instagram and has a calorie counter of an extensive food database.
The app with basic features is free for iOS and Android users. Premium in-app purchases are also offered.
#9. Hello Heart
Hello Heart is a blood pressure tracking app that also tracks weight and BMI. Using manually entered blood pressure data, it assesses your risk of heart-related conditions and provides actionable insights into how to keep your blood pressure under control.
The app provides a weekly BP report that includes a chart of weekly and daily averages. It can also be used for medication reminders.
Because Hello Heart can connect to over 60% of clinics in the U.S., it lets you automatically pull your medical information and lab values straight into your mobile device.
Hello Heart apps are available for iOS and Android users.
Moves is an app that shows people how active (or inactive) they are. It logs time spent on cycling, running, and walking, and then tracks your route and plots it on a map.
All you do is launch the app, and it quietly runs in the background to track your activities. Using a storyline format, it presents the collated data in a way that’s easy to understand and analyze, helping the user regulate activity levels and set progressive goals.
This app is free for both iOS and Android users.
Food and nutrition
#11. Allergy FT (Allergy Food Translator)
Allergy FT can save your life. An essential travel health companion, you can create multiple profiles in this app, listing the food allergies of each person in your family. It then translates the allergy list to the available language you prefer. Translations currently available are from English to French, German, and Spanish.
The translated allergy list can then be presented to food servers in local restaurants so that they can guide you on what food to avoid in their menu. No Internet connection is required to run the translations, which are all built into the app.
Allergy FT can be downloaded from the App Store and costs $2.99.
Ingredient1 is a great app for those with specialized diet needs, preferences, or for those with food allergies.
With its extensive food database, this free mobile app lets users find natural and healthy foods that meet their nutritional needs within their area. It also offers recommendations from nutritionists to help you mix and match food selections.
Ingredient1 can be downloaded from the App Store.
Yummly is a meal-planning app that helps users with discovering recipes and preparing their meals.
To curate recipes and food information across the web, this free app allows you to browse through photographs of suggested recipes based on your search preference – e.g., holiday, your food allergies, or specific cuisine – and save them in a digital recipe box.
Recipes from popular food blogs and sites like Epicurious and Food52 are also featured here.
With its recent collaboration with Instacart, Yummly has a feature for online shopping of ingredients that can be delivered at your doorstep in an hour.
Yummly Mobile is available on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices.
#14. Garden Plate
Garden Plate offers a collection of tasty vegetarian recipes. It also works for those with food intolerances and sensitivities. Aside from the essential breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert lines, categories include vegan, gluten-free, raw, snacks, side dishes, and salads.
Garden Plate is free for Android and iOS devices, but you’ll have to purchase the full version to unlock all recipes.
#15. EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry
EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry is a collection of nutritious meals that are easy to make, and features full nutritional facts for each one. The recipes are preloaded into the app, so you don’t need Internet access to view them.
Ingredient lists are available even when offline, and recipes can be flagged for later use. The app’s daily recipe notification is also a nifty feature, especially if you’re having a hard time deciding what to prepare for your next meal.
EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry is free for Android and iOS users. In-app purchases are available.
We encounter the cliché “health is wealth” all the time. About time we realize the value of this statement with the help of the above apps.
*Featured image from Pixabay.
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