20 Best Free apps for health and fitness

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Health apps offer health-related services for smartphones and tablet PCs. Most apps are aimed at users however some apps are used by physicians that combine mHealth with electronic medical records (EMR), allowing your doctors to keep accurate records that are easily accessible when needed.

Why are health apps helpful?

The aim of health apps is to make healthcare more efficient and satisfying for all stakeholders involved. The apps not only update the doctors about the health condition of their patients but also gives you real time information about health. According to the research, 93% of the doctors find healthcare apps are helping in patient’s health and 80% of the physicians are actively using  mobile technology to deliver patient care.

These apps can help you with a range of health and wellness information, such as tracking cancer treatment programs, managing exercise regimens, improving mental health programs and supporting breastfeeding routines. They can also integrate with EHRs to ensure patient data is up to date.

The number of consumer digital health apps are ballooning every year, with more than 90,000 new ones introduced in 2020, according to a report by the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science on digital health trends. The report says there are more than 350,000 health apps available to you.

Following is the list of 20 useful health app available

  1. MyFitnessPal. Think of MyFitnessPal as your personal guide in your journey to good health. App makes logging your daily diet easy with a database of more than 6 million foods, plus nutrition information from more than half a million restaurants. You can track your daily calories, plus macronutrient and micronutrient goals designed to help you reach your target. This tracking is more than calorie counting, it makes you aware of and taking responsibility for what and when you eat.
  2. Headspace. Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. Headspace can help young people with mental health, physical health, sexual health , alcohol and other drug services, and work and study support.
  3. SleepCycle. With its patented sound analysis technology, Sleep Cycle listens to your sounds and gives you an analysis of your sleep. It does a complex calculation of its findings with your habits, external factors and daily activities and helps you identify the good and bad influencers on your sleep. Sleep Cycle accurately tracks your sleep schedule. It documents your sleep patterns with a sleep diary and monitors it with an actigraph.
  4.  Aaptiv. Aaptiv is an audio-based fitness app that provides exercise steps certified personal trainers accompanied by motivating music. This app can be highly personalized, taking into account your fitness level, preferences, and goals to design fitness plans and workouts.
  5. Charity Miles. Charity Miles is a free app that earns you money for charity whenever you walk, run or bike. Since its founding in 2012, Charity Miles has helped people earn nearly $3 million for amazing charities, thanks to the support of corporate sponsors. The app uses the GPS on the phone to track exercise. It donates 10 cents a mile for biking and 25 cents a mile for walking and running to charity.
  6. Fooducate. Fooducate is a very useful diet tracking app that comes with a variety of tools and support mechanisms that helps you with the task of eating healthy.  You scan a packaged item’s barcode or search for food items and you get the  grade of food from A to D with an explanation of its nutritional benefits.
  7. 8Fit. 8fit workouts are modeled on high-intensity interval training (HIIT). This amazing exercise program can help you lose belly fat, gain muscle mass and improve your cardiovascular fitness. The free version of 8fit is valuable to you if you want to test it, or if you want to add up your workout routine. 8fit Pro costs $60 for an annual plan, $30 for a 3-month plan and $20 for the monthly plan.
  8. Sworkit. SworkIt is an exercise-on-demand app that has a wide range of workouts you can do at home, with no equipment. Videos of each move and audio coaching lead you through each session. It’s a  good workout-on-demand app and ranks among the best fitness apps. Sworkit is a fitness app that offers flexibility in workouts since it can be done anywhere. It requires minimal to no equipment as it mostly bodyweight moves with HIIT-style training. You can customize the length of each workout as per your fitness level which makes the training effective.
  9. Sleepbot. SleepBot is a mobile app which includes a “smart alarm” feature, debt estimation, sleep tracking, and many other features. SleepBot is created for people who want to track their sleep, improve sleep, and want to wake up more fresh and not groggy or sleepy. Although it provides various types of data, the primary intervention smart alarm is found to be effective.
  10. Calm. The Calm app is made for managing sleep and meditation. The Calm app features meditation, sleep aid, stretching and music designed to help you focus, relax and sleep. Calm is built on a freemium model, which gives you access to meditations, breathing exercises, mood tracker, sleep stories, several music tracks, and guided meditations without purchase.
  11. OneRx. By combining coupons and insurance discounts, the app figures out just how little an individual has to spend on a medication. The app is free, and it works whether you’re one of the almost 90% of Americans who are insured or not.
  12. Sugar Sense is a free diabetes management tool that offers blood sugar management with a user-friendly design. The app lets you track blood glucose, carbohydrate intake, and steps taken during the day. Sugar Sense is a self-management tool to track blood glucose, carbohydrate intake, daily steps and other essential 
  13. C25K. C25K, short for Couch to 5K, is a mobile app which contains training plans that gradually progress toward a 5 kilometre run over nine weeks. The app, created by Zen Labs, is based on the Couch to 5K running plan from CoolRunning.com
  14. Nike Running. It’s a free app that tracks users’ runs, capturing time, distance, pace, heart rate (with a fitness tracker), and route with  GPS. It’s not the only run app of its kind out there, but it’s widely considered as one of the best. A big reason is the coaching available in the app. Whether you walk or run, it’s perfect for a beginner. The Nike+ app challenges you to keep you motivated, runs that are guided with audio, and coaching plans. It also makes it easy to use it with friends. Every generation of the Apple Watch works well with Nike+, and the app is free.
  15. 7 Minute Workout. 7-minute workouts can reap some major rewards – with one study finding that seven minutes of bodyweight high-intensity exercise can improve your muscular strength, insulin sensitivity and V02 max. If you’re working on losing weight, the 7-Minute Workout can help, along with a healthy diet. It’s an extreme, calorie-burning workout that will help shed the pounds and keep them off.
  16. Fitbit. The Fitbit app makes it easy to connect with friends, start activity challenges, read educational articles, get expert advice and share your journey with an uplifting community. Fitbit Premium: – Monthly and annual plans available that unlock habit-forming programs, audio & video workouts, and advanced.Fitbit Premium costs $9.99 per month, or $80 for a year. … If you’re not eligible for the 90-day free trial, you might still be able to redeem a 90-day trial of Fitbit Coach, which offers personalized video workouts and coaching
  17. Moodfit is a highly-rated app designed to reduce anxiety, depression and high levels of stress to ultimately “shape up” your mood. This app works by choosing daily goals you wish to accomplish and offers a small activity to complete based on the goal. By encouraging patients to be more aware of their mood, behavior, and potential trigger points, suggesting healthy options for dealing with stress and depressive episodes, and reinforcing techniques learned in therapy, mental health apps provide valuable tools to patients and clinicians.
  18. MindShift CBT is a free self-help anxiety relief app that helps you reduce worry, stress, and panic by following evidence-based strategies. Using CBT tools, you can challenge negativity, learn more about anxiety, develop more effective ways of thinking, be mindful, and relax.
  19. mySugr app allows you to enter and log data on your meals, blood sugar levels, insulin, other medicines, and more. You get: a personalised dashboard with your data from the past 7, 30 and 90 days. 
  20. CareZone mobile app for iOS and Android devices helps you easily manage your health information: Create a detailed medication list by using your phone’s camera to scan your pill bottles. Track important health information such as blood glucose, blood pressure, and pain.

By John Gurung

A former software developer who is now a blogging enthusiast. A true digital nomad.

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