There are so many health apps out there, but which ones are the best to use? Our team have compiled a list of a few health apps to get you started.
MapMyFitness has been tracking activities and logging food since 2007 with an easy-to-use interface and some of the most accurate tracking capabilities out there. The app now lets you set challenges (for yourself or friends) and even knows when it’s time to buy a new pair of running shoes. (Free; iOS and Android)
This app is the perfect motivator to get you moving more. After assessing your fitness level, the app makes a suggested plan based on your favourite forms of exercise. Endomondo tracks your fitness activities and even tells you if you’re about to set a personal record, or if you should pick up the pace! You can also challenge friends and cheer them along as you follow their progress. (Free; iOS and Android)
For helping watch those calories. You can log most meals in under a minute by searching MyFitnessPal’s extensive database of brand name foods. If you made something from scratch, you can input the recipe, and the app will estimate it’s nutritional information too. And once you start regularly using the app, it gets to know your diet and saves a list of your favourite foods that can be added to your daily intake with just the tap of a button. (Free; iOS and Android)
Their simple idea is to teach the world to meditate, so that everyone can live a happier, healthier, more enjoyable life. Practising meditation / mindfulness has been shown to have huge health benefits. A great place to start with a free introduction. (From £4.95/month; iOS and Android)
Many of us spend plenty of time each week exercising our bodies, but what about exercising our minds? Lumosity takes traditional tasks used by neuroscience researchers and turns them into fun games designed to improve everything from memory to attention to problem solving. (Free; iOS and Android)
As you sleep you go through different phases, ranging from deep sleep to light sleep. The phase you are in when your alarm goes off is critical for how tired you will feel when you wake up. Since you move differently in bed during the different phases, Sleep Cycle can wake you when you are in your lightest sleep phase. Sleep Cycle was developed using proven sleep science and years of research and development. (£0.79; iOS and Android)