Apps turn smartphones into health partners | by Maribeth Neelis

Posted on Tue, Feb 9, 2016

With so many health- and fitness-related apps flooding the market — in excess of 100,000 applications, according to market research — wading through and finding the best programs can be overwhelming.

To help, here are some of our favorites, all free on Android and iOS.

Nike+ training clubFitness: Nike+ Training Club

More than 100 workouts for every fitness level and style allow you to train anywhere. Choose your goal — get lean, get toned, get strong, or get focused — and find easy-to-follow workouts with tutorial videos to help you along. When you’re done, share workouts with friends and get motivated.

Runners Up: Speedo Fit for swimmers and Simply Yoga for yogis

Lose It AppNutrition: Lose It

Experts say the best way to lose weight is to track what you eat, and this app makes it easy. Enter a few details, such as weight, height and goal weight, and Lose It will help you come up with a daily calorie budget. Easily track calories in and out with barcode scanners for grocery items, a vast database of dishes and restaurant meals, and pre-programmed workouts.

Runners Up: Fooducate for shopping healthier and HealthyOut for staying healthy when eating out

HappifyMental Health: Happify

Who doesn’t want to be happier? Developed by scientists, Happify turned a decade’s worth of research into activities and games that help you create habits for a happier, more fulfilling life. The app is designed to disrupt patterns of negative thinking, manage stress, and build skills to overcome various life challenges.

Runner Up: Omvana for guided meditations and Self Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) for chronic worriers

sleepbotSleep: Sleepbot

A sleep tracker, smart alarm, and ambient sound machine in one, Sleepbot allows you to record movements and sounds throughout the night and wake up gently each morning during your lightest sleep phase.

Runner Up: Pzizz to help you fall asleep

Maribeth Neelis

Maribeth Neelis has been a health and fitness writer for five years and is an avid runner, swimmer and yoga regular. She loves to try the latest fitness trends, health apps, and nutrition crazes, all in the name of research.


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