Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably realized that our phones have an app for just about everything these days. Need to drive somewhere you’ve never been before? There’s a GPS app for that? Want to listen to music during your journey? There’s an app for that too. What’s that, you want takeout to pick up on the way? Yup, app for that too. These days, your options are virtually endless.
Now, in the midst of all these apps, there’s one type that you should consider using above all. And that’s an app that can help you improve your health… the health and fitness app.
We’ve found 15 of the best fitness apps and health apps online, and listed them here for your convenience. No matter what your lifestyle, one of these fitness apps will hit the sweet spot and help you get on track to living a healthier life.
Best Fitness Apps
1. Charity Miles
Sometimes, all you need to get going is a little motivation. At least, that’s been our experience. Charity Miles makes that easy by rewarding you for every mile you run.
Well, they don’t actually reward you. They reward your favorite charity, which is arguably even better. The money comes from their corporate sponsors so you can do your morning run while encouraging companies to donate to charity.
This app runs on iPhones, as well as on any Android phone with a motion sensor. You can download it here.
8Fit is a personal trainer app that develops a personalized workout and nutrition plan for you. You start by telling it a few simple facts, like your height, weight, and your personal fitness goals.
From there, 8Fit builds a High-Intensity Interval Training workout plan that’s designed to meet your needs. It also builds daily meals which are based on recipes from trained nutritionists. If that’s not enough 8Fit will track your progress, and adjust your plan accordingly.
You can download 8Fit here.
3. Instant Heart Rate
Instant Heart Rate is a heart monitor that lets you know your pulse rate.
Not sure if you’re actually getting into an aerobic state? This app will let you know. It also tracks your heart rate over time so you can see how well your body is adjusting to your current workout regime. This app works on all platforms – iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile.
You can download Instant Heart Rate here.
Esquared is the Uber of fitness apps. No, it doesn’t drive you to your workout.
Instead, it helps you find fitness classes and special sessions in your area. Unlike a lot of apps, it doesn’t charge a monthly fee. You only pay a small fee when you actually use it. If you sign up one of your gym buddies, you both get a free credit.
Esquared is available for both iPhone and Android. You can download it here.
Do you already have a workout program you’re happy with, but can’t lose weight? MyFitnessPal may be the answer to your problems.
This app is designed to give you a calorie count that’s tailored to your weight, height, and activity level. When you eat, you enter your meal into the app, and it tells you how many calories you have remaining for the day. Over time, it tracks your habits and recommends high-calorie foods you regularly eat – and should avoid.
MyFitnessPal is available on iPhone and Android. You can download it here.
Using iFit is like having a personal trainer in your back pocket. Tell it about your diet, what kind of shape you’re in, and your goals, and it gives you a workout program that fits your needs.
Real fitness trainers develop these plans, not an algorithm. Best of all, iFit will even sync customized workouts to compatible treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, rowing machines, and other devices. It works with both iPhone and Android phones.
You can download iFit here.
Remember those cheesy aerobics videotapes that were popular in the 80s and 90s? Fiit is like that, except not cheesy.
It bills itself as the “Netflix of fitness apps”, and that’s a pretty good description. Fiit features a wide variety of interactive workout videos that you can move along with. For now, it’s only available on the iPhone. Sorry, Android users.
You can download Fiit here.
Best Health Apps
8. Sleep Cycle
No, this isn’t some app that lets you ride an exercise bike in your sleep. That would be awesome, but, no-one has invented that technology yet.
Sleep Cycle is a specialized alarm clock app that’s designed to wake you up at the lightest part of your sleep cycle. It does this by using your phone’s microphone to listen for movement, then waking you up when you’re getting restless within a 30-minute window of your desired wake-up time.
Sleep Cycle may not build an exercise plan for you, but it will make sure you wake up refreshed and ready for your morning workout. You can download it here.
Headspace is a meditation app, which helps you find a centered, peaceful state of mind with a daily meditation program. The maker, Craig Shah, MD, claims that it provides “improved mental acuity, patience, productivity and sleep with daily use”.
All of those things aren’t just good for your physical fitness. They’re also important for mental health, which is even more essential than taking care of your body.
You can download Headspace here.
The HealthTap app is designed to help you diagnose aches, pains, and everyday illnesses. Wake up with a pulled muscle? Open HealthTap, and it will tell you the best way to manage it.
Now, this isn’t just some fancy version of WebMD. HealthTap connects you with real doctors, who offer real medical advice. It costs a few bucks a month, but it’s a lot cheaper than going to your doctor’s office for every minor complaint.
You can download HealthTap here.
Remember the days of 8-bit RPGs, with little pixelated heroes crossing the pixelated map? Habitica turns your fitness habits into a mini RPG!
Tell this app what you want to do – and what you want to avoid – and you’ll gain experience and gold for creating good habits. Stop doing the right things, and your character will lose health. Not only can Habitica be used for fitness, but it also helps you study, work on your hobbies, and even floss regularly.
Habitica is available for iPhone and Android. You can download it here.
12. Waking Up
Waking Up is a meditation app developed by world-famous neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris.
This app provides a series of guided meditation sessions for people of all experience levels, with a focus on mindfulness and being in the moment. New lessons are released monthly and can help you reduce stress and improve discipline.
Waking Up is available on iPhone and Android, and can be downloaded here.
This app is just for the ladies. It tracks your period and warns you when that time of the month is about to come around again.
Flo doesn’t just track your period. It also lets you know when you’re ovulating. If you tell it what you’re eating and drinking, it can also give you insight into how diet, caffeine, and alcohol intake affect your cycle. Whether you’re trying to get pregnant, trying not to get pregnant, or just want a heads up on Aunt Flo’s next visit, Flo will help you out on your iPhone or Android phone.
You can download it here.
14. Oh She Glows
Physical fitness presents plenty of challenges for everyone. If you’re vegan, it can be even harder to find a healthy diet plan. That’s where Oh She Glows comes in.
This app is an online vegan cookbook that currently features over 140 recipes, 120 of which are also gluten-free. Each recipe includes pictures and a step by step guide for cooking your meal. It’s available on iPhone and Android.
You can download Oh She Glows here.
The Healthstar app was saved for the bottom of this list because it is both a health app and a fitness app. In essence, Healthstar is changing the way people get healthy by offering affordable and innovative digital health solutions that are accessible from any internet connected device.
Their fitness solution consists of a powerful crowd-sourcing feature that helps you get your friends involved in motivating you to hit your fitness goals. It also includes a biomarker-driven personalized fitness program that really helps you optimize your health.
They also have a virtual-first approach to primary care, urgent care, and precision health. Meaning their app allows you to see a doctor anytime from anywhere with their virtual medicine platform.
All in all, the Healthstar app is a workhorse, and provides a ridicouly amount of value at almost unthinkably low rates.
You can get started with their fitness optimizing features here. (**Note: currently only available in California)
Healthy fitness habits are a life-long pursuit. In the world of smartphones and mobile apps, it’s time we all started using this technology in our personal health journey’s.
Now that you’ve been given the tour of some of the best fitness apps out there, it’s only a matter of trying them out to find what works best for you.
Till next time,
* This article is a repost which originally appeared on TheStrive.co