The best iPhone health apps of all time you must have on your phone to achieve an all-around healthy lifestyle

May 28, 2017
Health

Living a healthy lifestyle is a complex issue. It might look easy on paper, making you believe that you could do it if you put forth some effort, but the truth is that it requires so much dedication, time, and energy, so many sacrifices, and such a relentless going-the-extra-mile attitude that there are very few people who are wired to adapt to all aspects of a fully healthy lifestyle. Before we scare you away, it can be done, but it definitely takes some getting used to, and you really have to want it to get it. But what exactly are the most essential elements that a healthy lifestyle is comprised of? A healthy diet, a balanced and untroubled mind, a soul as calm as a mountain stream, and working out regularly. We very well know it’s a seemingly insurmountable challenge, but trying alone pays off big time and your body will express its gratitude for your care and attention by functioning on a high level as long as it can so that you’ll enjoy this crazy ride called life for a hundred plus years. To assist you on your journey towards a healthy lifestyle, we’ve put together a compilation of the best iPhone health apps of all time. Healthy up!

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Fooducate – Lose Weight, Eat Healthy, Get Motivated

Fooducate is an award-winning weight loss coach app that received heaps of praise not only from a variety of media outlets, but also from dietitians, doctors, and fitness trainers. Based on all that, you can be sure that Fooducate will be highly effective in changing your eating habits for the better and thus significantly contribute to elevating your quality of life. Fooducate comes equipped with an abundance of tracking tools with which you can track both the quantity and the quality of your food intake, hunger levels, sleep, and mood. With all these crumbs of information at your disposal, you can spot patterns regarding your eating habits and get a better grasp of how your body functions is different situations. Moreover, Fooducate delivers personalized dietary advice based on a plethora of factors including your activity level, age, type of diet, dietary goals, potential health conditions, allergies, and weight loss goals, to name just a few. Rounding out Fooducate’s set of features is a barcode scanner that fetches detailed info on more than 250,000 products, grading each from A to D based on how compatible they are with your diet and offering healthier options for harmful products. Important note: access to some of the features detailed above requires a Fooducate subscription starting at $4.99 per month.

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Sworkit – Custom Workouts for Exercise & Fitness

We all know how exhausting adult life can be, which rings especially true as it pertains to millennials in their late twenties. Unfortunately, finding the ideal work-life balance is an elusive dream for many of the soon-to-be-thirty members of Generation Y, which is why working out or doing sports on a regular basis tends to be borderline impossible for these young men and women. Sworkit provides the perfect solution for this problem – which, by the way, is not an exclusively millennial issue – with a wide range of video workouts of varying lengths (from 5 minutes all the way up to 60 minutes), ensuring that you’ll find the workout that is a perfect match for your schedule, fitness goals, or stamina. You can select from three workout plans depending on what your fitness goal is – getting stronger, leaner, or fitter -, and Sworkit uses multiple workout types to help you achieve those goals. If you have specific plans in mind, there are hundreds of exercises targeting different body parts, and much more content is available via the Pro subscription costing $4.99 per month.

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C25K® 5K Trainer FREE (Couch Potato to Running 5K)

The official and original couch-potato-to-5K running app targets rookie runners with a training program that has already helped millions of people worldwide to leave their lazy lifestyles behind and boost their stamina to Forrest Gump-levels via a manageable workout schedule that anyone can adapt to. This outstandingly effective schedule is made up of three 30-minute sessions per week that build up your stamina and chisel your physique in small steps, one workout at a time. C25K® 5K Trainer is compatible with an abundance of apps, including pedometer apps, social media apps, and all music apps, allowing you to add some flavor to your runs. Speaking of compatibility, if you have a MyFitnessPal account, you can check the amount of calories you’ve burned after each workout. If you’re starving for extra motivation or you’re in need of some tips, head over to the C25K® 5K message boards where you’ll find an abundance of both thanks to thousands of experienced runners.

The OFFICIAL C25K® (Couch To 5k) App Video Trailer

Start your fitness journey now and download here! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/c25k-5k-trainer-pro-go-from/id497401338?mt=8&uo=4&at=10l4CL – Millions of success stories! – The only 5K training app to be partners with MyFitnessPal for seamless integration. – Featured on Glamour Magazine, Yahoo!’s Appolicious, Popsugar Fitness, Apple’s “What’s Hot”, Apple’s “New & Noteworthy”, and many more!

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Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better

Now that we’ve taken care of the body, it’s time to nourish the soul. Calm is arguably the most popular mediation app for iPhone, helping meditators of all levels, from complete beginner to Buddha-like pro, achieve mindfulness, inner peace, better sleep, and less anxiety via guided meditations, breathing programs, and bedtime stories aimed specifically at adults. The guided meditation sessions featured in calm are available in different lengths (3, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 minutes) and cover a wide assortment of topics such as happiness, managing stress, self-esteem, forgiveness, non-judgement, and even commuting to work or school. Calm also comes equipped with a feature called “Daily Calm”, bringing you a brand new 10-minute program each day to give you an extra boost of energy or to help you unwind, unguided timed meditation, open-ended meditation, and over 25 super soothing nature sounds and scenes you can use during your sessions. Landing all of Calm’s mind-easing features requires a subscription that’s available for $12.99 per month or $59.99 per year.

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Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

Looking at its track record bursting with number one ratings and raving reviews courtesy of dozens of media outlets, it is safe to say that Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker is in the upper echelon of iPhone health apps. Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker packs an immense food database containing more than 5 million products, so if you scan the barcode of the food item you’re about to put into your shopping card and you get no results, it is more than possible that the product at hand does not even exist, or maybe you’re dreaming. Logging calorie intake and exercise with Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker is a hassle-free process that takes no more than five minutes, and you can also import recipes to see whether your next meal helps or hinders your healthy lifestyle goals. Now that we’ve mentioned goals, it’s very much worth mentioned that the app helps you set up and achieve personalized goals and delivers detailed reports and priceless insights to give you extra motivation. To score all these exceptional health-boosting features, you’re going to need a subscription that costs $9.99 per month or $49.99 per year.

Introduction to MyFitnessPal

This video provides a short introduction on MyFitnessPal’s #1 ranked Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker application. Learn how to get the most out of the app and how it can help you meet all of your diet and fitness goals.

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Fitstar Personal Trainer

Become the ripped star of your gym with Fitstar! That was kind of corny, right? We know it was, but worry none, young healthy lifestyle-seeking padawan, because Fitstar Personal Trainer has nothing in common with that cheesy one-liner in terms of quality. Fitstar, an App Store Editors’ Choice health app, helps you get in shape with dynamic workout routines ranging from 7 to 50 minutes in length. The best thing about these workout programs lies in the fact that they are dynamic, which means that they adjust to your feedback, workout goals, and performance, making Fitstar a personal trainer in the truest sense of the word. Fitstar also packs an immense exercise database, an activity tracker that recommends exercises according to your daily performance, and full compatibility with weight management apps and Apple’s integrated Health app. The least bit surprisingly, these features have a price: a Fitstar Premium subscription takes $7.99 per month or $39.99 per year out of your wallet.

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Map My Run - GPS Running & Workout Tracker

Map My Run, launched by the world-famous sportswear brand Under Armour, is the Swiss army knife of iPhone running apps and without an iota of doubt one of the best apps in its category. Whether you’re a rookie runner who’s just escaped from the comfortable jail cell of the couch potato lifestyle or you’re an experienced running machine preparing for your umpteenth marathon, you’ll find Map My Run equally as useful. Using the app, you can map and track a staggering 600 activities, get detailed stats and insights for comprehensive progress and performance monitoring, set adjustable personal goals, and participate in running challenges. If you want to get in true MVP shape, go for the Map My Run MVP Premium Features package ($5.99 per month or $29.99 per year), the highlights of which are a dynamic, personalized training program and heart rate monitoring and analysis.

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Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness

The gist of meditation lies in a seemingly paradoxical premise: take a leap of faith into the depths of your consciousness in order to leave your thoughts behind. Learning how to tune out the polluting mental noise and instead focus on achieving mindfulness takes time, but even as a beginner meditator, you can, for instance, relieve stress and anxiety, boost your creativity and focus, significantly increase your energy level and thus up your performance in all aspects of life, and last not least become a more patient and tolerant person via 10-minute meditations per day. Apropos 10 minute sessions: although the majority of the thematic (e.g. stress relief, happiness, mental health, and appreciation) guided meditations included in Headspace require a subscription ($12.99 per month, $94.99 per year, or $399.99 until the end of time – and we’re not even kidding), there’s a wholly free “Take10” program. Take10 consists of ten 10-minute sessions and serves both as the first level of Headspace’s Foundation Course and as an introduction to Headspace’s calm and soothing parallel universe. Headspace packs a personalized progress page on which you can track your stats, reminders so that you don’t skip a single session, various rewards for regular users, and seamless integration with the Apple Health app.

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Balint Kodaj

Copywriter, poet, lyricist, journalist, social media and online marketing specialist, translator. Lives in Budapest, Hungary, but a Clevelander at heart. Established in 1987.

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