When you are trying to switch to a healthier lifestyle, anything that makes the switch easier is your friend. For me, I have never been more grateful for the age of smartphones than I am when I am trying to keep my life on track. There are so many apps out there that help you keep track of your calories, your exercise, your habits, etc. I have tried several of them (nowhere near all of them) and there are some that I like more than others. I am going to share with you the five that I recommend most, in no particular order. Each has their pros and cons, but overall they worked well for me. Keep in mind that I am not an objective source, and that this list reflects my opinion. You are welcome to disagree with me on my choices, but don’t be an asshole about it.
Without further ado, my top five health apps:
I am sure that no one is too surprised that this is on my list. It is one of the basic health apps out there, and popular because of the trackers that are sold along side the free app. I do have a fitbit flex (outdated, yes, but it works for what I need), which is why I use and like this app. Sure, there are other apps that the flex can link too, but I like the interface of FitBit.
-The interface is clean and easy to use
-Can track calories, exercise, sleep, steps, and water intake all in one place
-It connects to Acheivement (An app I will tell you more about later).
-The tracker often has sync issues with the app
-The food directory often doesn’t have what you’re looking for
-The exercise tracker underestimates amount of calories burned
-The sleep monitor doesn’t give any advice on how to get a more restful sleep
The app works well for what it is, but there are definitely things that need improving. It’s great if you want a basic health app though.
MY FITNESS PAL
This app is much like FitBit, but with a few more bells and whistles while still being free. What I love about this app is that you can keep track of your weight, waist, hips, and whatever else you are meassuring on a daily to weekly basis. It’s cool to see your progress mapped out for you on a graph. I just wish there was fewer ads.
-The food directory is expansive
-If it doesn’t have the food you want, you can enter a recipe yourself
-You can track weight, inches (hips, waist, thighs, etc.), steps, sleep, calories, and exercise
-You can input future meals and exercise (making meal planning and exercise planning easier)
-More accurate fitness tracker
-Can only enter one food at a time.
-Have to pay for most advice on nutrition, fitness, and other such health categories.
Over all it is a good app, though best when paired with another app like FitBit.
Now, this app doesn’t really do much for you in the health department. It is more so a reward app that rewards you for healthy behavior. You sync it up with a number of apps, and it gives you points based off the healthy action you have completed.
-Simple and straightforward
-Syncs with FitBit, MyFitnessPal, Twitter, and several other health apps
-You earn $10 (cashed to paypal) for every 10,000 points you earn (no catch involved)
-Can fill out surveys and invite friends for extra points
-Takes forever to earn points (typically 2-6 points per healthy action)
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This is a great app for creating healthy routines. The base of the app is free, but you can also pay for a monthly subscription to get more advanced routines. This is a very well researched app on motivation, and you can create your own daily routines as well.
-Gives you daily reminders and encouragement to complete your healthy routines
-Fairly easy to use interface
-Can create and customize your own routines
-Often tries to sell the subscription to you
-Has a habit of glitching and sending you back to day one, even when you haven’t missed a day
-Doesn’t sync to Achievement
The app is fairly new still, but I think it’s a wonderful motivator. I haven’t tried the paid version yet, but I think I might the next time they have a sale on the monthly subscription fees.
I have mixed feeling about this app. I have used different versions of this app over the last few years, the earliest versions of this app being my favorite. This is a great app for working out at home, with a vast variety of exercise routines to choose from.
-Vast variety of workouts to choose from. Can even customize some of your own
-Provides you with a video of how to do the different exercises.
-Is free for the most part
-Pushes the paid versions if you want more than 3 custom workouts
-Exercises are randomized during workouts, so you find yourself alternating between floor and standing a lot.
-Have to pay for workout plans
Earlier versions of this app provided more customization, and certainly provided a lot more for free. While it is still a good app, I feel the updates have taken a bunch away from it.
There are many more health and fitness apps out there, some exclusively for android, and some exclusively for apple. These five are just my favorites, and it’s up to you to find the ones that work best for you.
Always and forever,