These days, we use our phones to do pretty much everything but actually call people. We can order groceries that are delivered straight to our doors, invest in the stock market, and see people who are across the world. So why wouldn’t we leverage our phones when we’re trying to prioritize our health?
My phone plays a role in just about every aspect of my health, from sleep to my workouts. Here are a few of the apps I use almost every day:
Okay, so the initial investment here is clearly the Fitbit watch (which comes in a few different versions at different prices). But once you have the watch, a whole new world of data tracking opens up, and if you’ve been reading this website for any length of time you should know by now that I am a data geek. My Fitbit rarely leaves my wrist and I check in with the app at least a couple times a day. You can use it to log workouts, analyze your sleep, show your heart rate, and count your steps. Lots of good metrics to be found all in one place.
Down Dog is a subscription-based app (roughly $8 a month with 3 free trial workouts), but it is one of the best yoga apps I have ever used. The quality of the workouts is comparable to working out in a class with an instructor, and everything is customizable. Length, focus, skill level, music – you can even change out which video instructor you’re using. Yoga is my go-to home workout, and this app has been a game-changer.
Noom is the priciest thing on this list, but it has quickly become one of my favorite health apps. Noom helps you build healthier habits to lose weight or stay in shape, and it has a holistic and balanced approach. Their food tracker is out of this world (I’ve never seen a tracker that already has so many specific brand items in its database or one that has such nutritional accuracy), and being able to connect with a goal specialist as needed is great. I definitely recommend it to everyone, but especially those who are trying to lose weight.
Finally, BodySpace has been my best friend at the gym for years. It’s a totally free workout app, and it allows you to either use one of the already created plans or develop your own workouts. I always like having a plan when I walk into the gym, and I track all the data from my workouts (surprise, surprise) so BodySpace takes the work out of both of those things.
Here’s to healthy living!