best apps for a healthier you
FItness,  Health,  Healthy Living

Best Apps for a Healthier You

Getting healthier can seem a bit daunting. Maybe you don’t know where to start, it’s been a while, or you just have a lot of options and need help sorting through all the craziness. It can be a lot sorting through the app store,  wondering which apps are going to work for you, and which ones are best left to the fitness fanatics!  We get the same way from time to time, so Courtney and I have compiled a list of our favorite healthy lifestyle apps.

Healthy Eating

Eating healthy can feel hectic at times. For me, I can usually eat healthy but remembering to keep up with my calorie count is where I fall short. These are our favorite apps that help keep us on track with our eating habits!

My Fitness Pal

Rating: 4.8 stars

Price: Free

My Fitness Pal is great for tracking your eating habits and it integrates your activity throughout the day. It gives you different ways to track your nutrients. For example, I underwent the DNA diet with my primary care physician and my nutrition follows a 40-30-30 rule. 40% protein, 30% carbs, and 30% fats. You can also scan your foods in, and find foods that you’ve used before easily.

Lifesum

Rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free

Lifesum has a free and a paid version. I’ve tried both versions and the only real difference is that you can’t access some of the diets that they have on the app. When you first download this app they ask you to find your plan and they ask you a few questions and then it gives you their recommendation on the diet they think you need based on the answers you gave. The nice thing is that if you don’t like the diet they gave you they have a lot of options you can choose from. The only thing I’m not in love with about Lifesum is that you can’t put in a specific calorie count yet. It just bases it off your current weight and how much you want to lose per week.

Fitness

I’ll be the first to say that I don’t keep a strict fitness routine. Finding things that help motivate me are my key to success. I usually look for things that are going to help keep me motivated for more than a week. These are the apps I keep on heavy rotation in my phone.

 

Zombies, Run

Rating: 4.9 stars

Price: Free

Ok y’all, this is the most fun I’ve had while working out. This app is awesome. It’s the zombie apocalypse and you’re a “runner”. You’re given missions to carry out supply runs as well as save humanity and find the source of the outbreak. You choose your mission and before you start you can choose your music source, whether you want your GPS on, and if you want chases on. Choosing chases means you will occasionally encounter a pack of zombies and you have to move faster in order to outrun them. I’m telling y’all…so much fun!

Fitocracy

Rating: 4.4 stars

Price: Free

Fitocracy is a great workout tool to have in your arsenal. It lets you design your own workout from 100+ exercise moves. It also lets you join different groups to help motivate you and to also see what other users are doing for their workouts and maybe give them a try!

Achievement

Rating: 4 stars

Price: Free

Achievement is an app that links to the existing health apps that you have on your phone. It gives you points for any type of activity that you engage in throughout the day. The points you accrue can then be traded in for money. 10,000 points=$10. They also have surveys you can participate in for bonus points. I think I got almost 500 points from surveys alone. This app is awesome if you’re already pretty active or if you need motivation to become more active throughout the day. I mean who doesn’t want free money??

Yoga Workout

Rating: 3.8 stars

Price: Free

This app is completely free which I love! It has different sections to choose from and they’re anywhere from How to do Yoga to The 21 Day Yoga Challenge. I have started doing the Yoga for Beginners: 30 Day Challenge and it’s wonderful. Each session is about 15-20 minutes long and each video does a very good job showing how to do each pose.

Self Care

Self care is just as important as eating right and exercising. If you’re not taking care of your mental health as well as your physical health, you’re not going to be very successful with staying healthy. I’m really bad about not taking “me time” or just winding down and that causes me to stress eat. I’m working on my own self care with these apps!

Calm

Rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free

Calm is a great app that focuses on meditation and breathing. It has about 17 meditation journeys (I call them Journeys because each selection has about 7-21 days worth of meditation with each selection being 15-20 minutes long. I’m currently on 21 days of Calm) They also have timed meditation, breathing exercises, and a sleep section. I’ve had Calm downloaded on my phone for about a year now and I haven’t had any need to use the premium version.

Stop, Breathe, and Think

Rating: 4.9 stars

Price: Free

Stop, Breathe, and Think is awesome! It starts by asking how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. Once you have given your answers, the app then gives you recommended results on which meditations to try. It’s also given me yoga videos to try for stress or relaxation, depending on what answers I gave earlier in the app. Stop, Breathe, and Think also has a kids version which is pretty fantastic! It asks the child to pick their emotions by showing them emojis and once they’ve selected their current feelings, it then gives them recommendations (in form of videos) that they can watch.

Sleep Cycle

Rating: 5 stars

Price: Free

I love love love Sleep Cycle… I’ve had it for years now. You set the time that you need to wake up and Sleep Cycle will wake you up within a 30 minute window (you can make this window longer or shorter depending on preference) of when your alarm is set. So if my alarm is set for 6:30 every morning, Sleep Cycle will wake me up anywhere between 6:00 and 6:30 depending on my lightest sleep phase during that time frame..

Regulatory

Keeping in a routine is really hard for me… I regularly forget things, I lose my phone all the time, and I am really bad about taking my vitamins. That being said, I use these apps to keep me on top of things!

Habit Minder

Rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free

This app is great to remind you to do things so that you can make them habits. I’m the worst about remembering to do things! The app is free and it even lets you create custom reminders to help you build better habits! Habit Minder lets you customize frequency and specify times to each reminder.

Flo

Rating: 5 stars

Price: Free

I love love love Flo. It’s great for keeping track of your period, especially if you have PCOS. Flo asks if you have any issues like PCOS or endometriosis while you’re setting up your account, and it factors the symptoms for said issues into your bio. You can enter in your weight, mood, and symptoms into your daily log.  Flo is also good for those trying to get pregnant too, as it helps you track ovulation. Flo even has a pregnancy mode and it tracks your due date and gives you tips and suggestions for your pregnancy.

 

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