Health & Fitness Apps


A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the basic apps I can’t do without on my iPhone, and promised to come back and share some of my other favourite apps.  So here are the health and fitness apps I find really useful.  There are literally thousands of such apps available, so this is just a very small selection of the ones out there.  Again, I’m focusing on the iPhone, but if the app is available on Android I’ll mention it, if not, I’ve selected an alternative.

Walkmeter – £1.99 on iPhone

This was one of the first health and fitness apps I downloaded.  I was back in London organising our wedding and wanted to track how far I was walking everyday.  I must confess using this app became quite addictive.  The Walkmeter turns your iPhone into a GPS tracking device and tracks your route, records your time and speed.  It also allows you to race against your previous time on the same route.  I became obsessed with beating my time for my regular routes and still use it religiously when in London or New York.  Walkmeter isn’t available on Android ‘phones, but a good alternative is My Track, which is free from Google Play.

Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson – £1.99 on iPhone and £1.86 on Android

About a year ago I was having trouble dropping off to sleep, so decided to see if iTunes had an app that might help.  My search led me to the Deep Sleep app and it worked a treat.  This app is a guided meditation programme designed to put you into a deep sleep.  Andrew’s voice is very calm and soothing – I don’t think I’ve listened to more than the first 10 minutes before dropping off!  I pop this on whenever I want to make sure I have a deep night’s sleep.

Sleep Cycle – £0.69 on iPhone

I can’t quite remember why I downloaded this app….I think I read somebody raving about it somewhere.  Anyhow, this app is basically an alarm clock that analyses your sleep patterns, monitors your movements and wakes you up when you’re in the lightest phase of your sleep.  This means you wake feeling refreshed, well-rested and ready to tackle another day!  Sleep Cycle isn’t available on Android, but I found a similar app, which is called Sleep Android and is priced at £1.49.

5K Runner:  couch to 5K – £1.99 on iPhone 

I’m not a natural runner and never have been, however, this app is helping me go from zero to 5k.  It’s an 8-week program where you start by just walking and gradually increase the walking to running ratio, until you’re running a full 5k non-stop!  You can still listen to your own music while the app runs and the audio coach (either a beep or a voice) tells you when to change from walking to running.  The alternative for Android ‘phones is the C25K Pro, which is £1.29.  If you don’t want to shell out either £1.99 or £1.29 on either of these apps, there are free versions of both in iTunes and Google Play.

Smoothie Selector – £0.69 on iPhone

I love smoothies and when in the UK an Innocent smoothie used to form part of my daily breakfast.  Now that I live in India this is no longer possible, so I was thrilled to discover the Smoothie Selector app.  It allows you to find recipes based on different goals, ranging from breakfast, health boosters, meal replacement, weight loss and muscle building.  The app provides nutritional information for every recipe, which I love.  Smoothie Selector isn’t available for the Android, so the next best thing is an app called Smoothie Recipes and is free.

Runkeeper – Free on iPhone and Android

Just like the Walkmeter app, the Runkeeper app uses the iPhone’s GPS technology to track your runs.  There are two modes you can choose:  GPS or Manual entry. You are not restricted to entering running info, it covers other activities too, such as cycling, swimming, mountain biking and even cross-country skiing!  The app synchs with the Runkeeper website where you can build-up a history of all your activities.  I think my favourite feature of this app is the ability to have updates on how you’re doing versus previous runs.

Nike Training Club – Free on iPhone

This is a great app and acts as your very own personal trainer – so brilliant when you’re travelling and may not have access to your regular PT.  The app provides 85 different workouts that are either 30 or 45 minutes long. Like the Runkeeper and 5K Runner apps, you can listen to your own music / playlists whilst the app is running.  Unfortunately, Nike Training Club isn’t available on Android ‘phones but I’ve found what seems like a good alternative and that is Workout Trainer, which is also free.

MyFitness Pal – Free on iPhone and Android

Anybody who’s tried or is trying to lose weight, knows the importance of keeping a track of your calories in and calories out, well, MyFitness Pal helps you to do exactly this.  It’s a brilliant calorie counter with over a million foods in its food database.  You enter into the database the food you’ve eaten and exercise undertaken and it calculates the calories eaten and used.  It even has a barcode facility for you to scan the packaging of the foods you’ve eaten.  You can log on to myfitnesspal.com to see detailed reports on how you’re doing.  It has an average of 5 * rating in iTunes from over 17,000 reviewers, and over 80,000 5* reviews in Google Play.  I think this speaks volumes!

Web MD – Free on iPhone and Android

I’m sure I’m not the only one to ask Dr Google what’s wrong with me when I’m feeling unwell!  So, to find that Web MD (the leading online medical information provider) has an app available was music to my ears.  This app provides:  a symptom checker, information on different conditions, an extensive database on drugs and treatments, as well as an essential first aid guide.  They’ve also recently launched the Web MD Baby app, which gives you quick access to baby health and wellness information whenever needed.  NB although Web MD and Web MD Baby is a useful source of preliminary information, it should not be a substitute for the medical advice, diagnosis and treatment available from your physician or other qualified health practitioner.

Well, I hope this little list will help keep you all wonderfully fit and  healthy!  Do you have any health and fitness apps downloaded that aren’t on my list?  If so, I’d love to hear about them.

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

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Comments

  1. A lot of useful information here. I may use some when I get chance to view them on my iPad.

  2. This is fantastic. Thank you! Installing two of the apps now.

  3. WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for free guided
    meditation downloads

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