These days, just about everyone owns a smartphone. And obviously the best part of smartphones are the apps! I have apps for just about EVERYTHING on my phone – games, food, social media, photography, finance…and of course, health and fitness!
There are some pretty awesome apps out there for health and fitness. Obviously, depending on your goals, you’ll end up with different apps with different purposes – but here are a few that anyone can use. A “starter pack”, if you will. These apps have been on my phone for a long time, and with good reason. Easy to use, fun, social, and are actually useful!
Without further ado, here are 6 apps that can help you on your quest to be healthier!
My Fitness Pal (Free, iOS and Android): This is my “holy grail” app, if you will. I started using MFP years ago and was hooked. This is an amazing app to track your daily food and water intake, and also tracks exercise and weight. It’s easy to use, has a HUGE food database (although I will say that a lot of it is user-submitted, so make sure the nutrition facts are correct), and you’re able to enter your own foods, meals, and recipes for easy tracking. It easily integrates with tons of outside apps (Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, Polar, etc) to automatically track your activity. MFP has recently introduced contests and challenges that users can participate in. There is a premium version ($49.99/year) that offers more features, including custom macro counts, etc. but the free version is plenty for me. The app also offers forums for users to interact. Already have MFP? Feel free to add me! I’m ChaniGetsHealthy!
Sworkit (Free, iOS and Android): Can’t get to a gym? Use Sworkit! Choose any length of time (5 to 60 minutes), what kind of workout you want (strength, cardio, or yoga) and the app will generate a workout for you. Boom, done. I’ve used this a few times and gotten a great workout each time. The best part is, it’s all bodyweight – no equipment required!
Plant Nanny (Free, iOS and Android): Ok, this app is seriously adorable. If you’re a 90s baby, you’ll be transported back to the days of Gigapets and Tamigotchi. The premise of this app is that you’re trying to grow plants, and the plant gets bigger when you level up – which you do when you drink water! You have the ability to customize the pot the plant is growing in and choose which plant you grow (hint: some are easier to take care of than others). You can also set how much you want to drink each day as well as customize the size of the glass you’re using. There’s an ability to set an alert when you should have a drink as well. I notice that when I use this app, I definitely drink more. Remember that hydration is crucial (link back)!
Burn This (Free, iOS only at this time): This app is best described as a “Pinstagram” for fitness enthusiasts. Share photos of your workouts, and see photos others have shared. It’s got filters just like Instagram, and you can save pictures that others have posted right to your phone. Just like Instagram, you can also comment on others’ photos. I’ve found this app to be really motivating, and have found some great workout ideas from what others have posted. Unfortunately, it’s only available for Apple devices right now, but from what I’ve heard, an Android app is in the works!
Rise ($~50/month, iOS only at this time): I struggle HUGELY with my nutrition, even after surgery. I stumbled on Rise about 3 months after I had surgery and thought “hey, why not?”. Trying to see a RD at the Cleveland Clinic sometimes requires a 3 month wait and the promise of my first born child. I could go elsewhere, but my insurance doesn’t cover nutrition so I’d have to pay out of pocket. $50 a month is much more affordable than $150 an hour! Essentially, you answer a few questions during signup and are given suggestions of coaches (who are all Registered Dietitians) and you pick one that you think you’d work well with (you can also change at any time should you find you’re not working well with your chosen one). Each meal, you snap a pic (or write down, but pics are preferred) and upload to the app. Your coach will evaluate your meals and give you suggestions on how to improve. They are also able to help you with meal planning, ideas for healthy meals, and can even help with identifying healthy options on menus – while you’re in the restaurant! My coach reviews my meals about once a day (she has a day job too) and has been super helpful. I was even able to find someone who has experience with bariatric patients, so that’s a huge plus. This is great for people who need some extra accountability or want to change eating habits…or just need a swift kick in the pants. Want to try a week FREE? Use my code: G98TY9.
Your fitness tracker’s app (Free, tracker required, iOS and Android): Whatever tracker you’re using, make sure you’ve downloaded the corresponding app! It’s a wealth of information – steps, sleep, tracked activities, etc. Depending on the tracker and app, you can get a ton of different insights and then use this data to switch things up. Most trackers also allow friendly competition between friends – what better motivation is there? (PS – I am currently using Garmin Connect, so find me as chanigetshealthy!)
Share with me: what are your favorite apps, both health and non-health related?