118 Best iPhone Apps Ever
Top 12 Health & Fitness Apps
Health and fitness tracking is big business these days. Everyone is making an app for any possible type of health and fitness you might be interested in trying, so it’s one of the most difficult ones to choose apps for. So I have tried and tested all of these apps, and several others that didn’t cut the mustard, so here are my top 12 Health Tracking Apps.
Healthmate is a free step tracker and life-coach app. The best tip they have is to give you a goal of taking 10,000 steps a day. Since downloading the app before Xmas, I have only reached the 10,000 steps a few times, but that could be because I don’t always have my phone on me for it to track everything I’m doing.
Withings also links through to some pretty high-tech (and pricey) hardware products you can use to keep on top of your health and fitness including the Withings Smart Body Analyser which has super precise weight and body fat measurement, automatic uploads of your measurements to Health Mate to visualise trends, ongoing air quality tracking and heart rate measurement. All you have to do is step on the scale.
If you’re interested in checking out the other physical health tracking products by Withings, here’s a list of them on Amazon.
Argus is another of the fabulous health tracking apps, it tracks your motion (be it walking, running, other app workouts or cycling), it tracks what you eat, what you drink (the water tracking is actually pretty good, I never seem to drink enough water, so Argus’s handy reminders are very welcome), it even tracks how much you sleep. It is a brilliant free health tracking app and it doesn’t use up too much battery. It syncs up data from other apps to show a complete picture of your health.
The Health App has a really handy Medical ID feature which allows your emergency contact details to be shared including allergies, age and donor information. It’s accessible from your iPhone locked screen so first responders will be able to call your emergency contacts.
The Health app comes as standard on your iPhone, but can also enable data to be shared across all your third party apps, so looking at the Health Dashboard is a good way of checking your progress overall.
MyFitnessPal had a big upgrade when iOS 8 came into effect and now syncs with most other health tracking apps so you can build a much more complete picture of your health, activities and calories. It includes a bar scanner for scanning food to get exact nutritional and calorie details. You can link up with friends who are also using it, which can be motivating… or embarrassing.
This lovely free app is fully integrated with Health-kit, and automatically sends information to your health service provider or Patient IO-registered doctor. It will send automatic reminders to keep you on top of your health tasks.
Even for the busiest person, 7 minutes is achievable. And boy do you work hard! There are various 7-minute workouts available, but this is a pretty good free option. You will be walking (or should I say hobbling) with tight muscles the next day. But you can see a difference if you stick to doing it every day (or even 4 times a week).
This programme is actually hilarious. It is my favourite, though it can be a real pain when linking up with other apps. Yesterday I got a message from Carrot-Fit as I put in what I’d eaten for dinner to My Fitness Pal saying “Hey lardass, maybe save some food for other people” or something to that effect.
It’s a humorously abusive 7-minute workout. If you haven’t done any workouts in a while, it will get you back into the swing of things. It really cheers me up, but then I do like a bit of sarcasm. The ‘personality’ definitely made me do more ‘7 minutes of hell’ than I would have without it’s goding remarks. It isn’t free, but for only £1.99 it’s worth every penny!
It can be fun to switch between different 7-minute work out apps to switch up your regime (though I go back to Carrot Fit more than any other). This workout app from Johnson & Johnson was designed by pro-athlete Chris Jordan of the Human Performance Institute and contains video demonstrations to make sure you always know how to do the moves properly. It also has lots of variety to ensure you stay interested.
Like I said, I get bored if I do the same type of exercise all the time. I don’t want to do only running, or only cycling, or only a 7-minute workout every day (even though it does seem to tone you up in a magical way), and what I love about this app is that it has loads of workouts pre-planned (15, 30 and 45 minute workouts) with video demo’s and audio step by step guides.
Choose workouts that will make you lose weight, gain strength and tone up. It tracks your calories and links up with Health. And it’s free.
Backed by Google Ventures, Fitstar is another excellent workout app – especially good if you like to be motivated while you work out… it’s the opposite of Carrot Fit, so if you prefer encouragement, this is the workout app for you. It starts off with a video intro, and then goes straight into a fitness test, so you can personalise your experience of using the app.
You can choose to stick with the free version for a set number of training programmes per week, or you can opt in to pay monthly ($4.99 per month) or sign up to an annual plan ($49.99) for access to the Daily Dose, Get Lean, Get Moving and Get Strong programmes.
MapMyRide is an excellent app which uses live GPS tracking to create and track the routes you take on your bike. You can select routes, add your own routes, and even see where the nearest water fountain and toilet stop might be. It fully integrates with other health tracking apps to monitor your fitness, and you can link up with friends and use their routes in your area. A great app for cyclists!
Runbit makes running fun. It’s a different approach from a lot of other health tracking apps in that it makes exercise into a game where you chase stars on the map. Your quest is to collect as many stars as possible. The only downside is that you have to keep checking your map to see where the stars are, but it makes running fun!