I probably rely a little too heavily on my apps to keep track of things, but they are just so darn convenient and fun! Nowadays there is literally an app for everything and if they help you reach your goals, make your life a little easier, or are just amusing, I say go for!
Now I’m not sure if any of these apps are available on the Google play store (although I’m almost 100% sure myfitnesspal and Garmin Connect are), but I know for a fact they are all available on the Apple app store. 🙂
Good ol’ reliable myfitnesspal. I’ve been using this app off and on since about 2012, to track my calorie intake and to keep an eye on my nutrients, and it does that quite well without being overly complicated. Just hit the blue + button to add food, exercise, or even your water intake (although I use a different app for that 😉 ).
I really like this app because it really makes keeping track of your food intake easy. They have a huge food database and most chain restaurants are included in that which is nice. And for the most part everything seems pretty accurate. Plus you can sync this app with Garmin Connect, MapMyRun, RunKeeper, etc, which is super convenient.
2: Plant Nanny
This is definitely one of my favorite apps just because it’s so darn cute!
Basically, you pick a plant that you are supposed to water every time you drink any water. It’ll pick a intake goal for you based on your weight and activity level, and from there you can pick how many ounces (or milliliters if your into that) the particular cup or bottle you’re drinking out of is, and it will tell you how many more glasses/bottles of water of the same size you’d need to drink throughout the rest of the day to meet your goal.
I guess it sounds kinda weird, but trust me, it’s adorable and it definitely makes me want to drink enough water.
I don’t think I could call myself a real runner if I didn’t mention my GPS watch’s app lol.
Back when I started using this app in 2014 it had a lot of weird issues, but at this point it seems like they’ve got all of the bugs worked out and now I actually enjoy using it. This app keeps track of your runs in an organized way that I really like, since it syncs with myfitnesspal you can also use it to keep track of your net calorie goal which is nice, but the most exiting feature, in my opinion, are the step challenges!
Every week you can compete in two step challenges. Once against all of your “connections” on the app and one against random people that the app pairs you with. These challenges can get super competitive and they definitely motivate me to get my 10,000 steps (or more if I really want to win ;)) in every day.
Now, in order to really use this app you need to have a Garmin device and depending on what model you have, you may have some different features available to you. For example; since I have a Forerunner, I have access to Garmin’s training plans for running, which is super nifty!
4: Mango Health
This is a fantastic app if you’re terrible at remembering your medications like I am!
After entering in your medication (you can enter more than one), you pick the time of day you want to be reminded to take it. So whenever that time rolls around you get a push notification reminding you to take your meds. This thing is a life savor! I cannot tell you how many times I would have forgotten my birth control if it wasn’t for this app. Plus, every time you take your medication on time, you get points, if you save up enough points you can exchange them for prizes. Once I got a $5 gift card. That was pretty neat!
So this one is a little more entertainment than actual fitness, but it does have some benefits for running!
I lovelovelovelove this app! Basically, it just has a bunch of playlists that you can pick from to listen to while you run. But what’s exciting is that all the songs blend together so there’s no akward few seconds between song, some of the playlists are kinda remixed which is actually a lot of fun, and every playlist tells you the BPM so you can pick a playlist based on your workout.
There are all sorts a features if you pay for a “rockstar” subscription, but the free version works just fine for me. They usually play on short add during each playlist and I can totally handle that. 🙂
Do you use any of the apps on this list?
What are some of your favorite health/fitness apps?