Best Healthy Lifestyle iPhone & Android Apps of the Year

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    The fast pace of today’s world brings with it more distractions and less time to relax. It’s easy to forget what your body needs. Luckily, the very same devices that sometimes act as distractions can be used to promote healthy living.

    These best apps of 2014 can help by doing things like tracking and improving your personal health metrics. The best part is that most of these can be used on the go —even if you’re going to sleep. Keep reading to learn more about these handy apps for a healthier lifestyle.

  • Sleep Talk Recorder

    Sleep Talk Recorder

    iPhone – 4.5 with 679 ratings – $0.99       

    Android – 3.8 with 5,967 reviews – Free

    If a person speaks in their sleep but there’s no one there to hear them, do they make a sound? Definitely. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 50 percent of children and 5 percent of adults talk in their sleep. If you’re one of them, there’s a way to find out what you’re saying. With Sleep Talk Recorder, you can keep track of what you or your child says during the night.

    The app saves your recordings and places them on a timeline for easy navigation and playback. At best, you might find that you have decoded the Voynich manuscript in your sleep. At worst, you’ll have some hilarious audio to share with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. 

  • Pocket First Aid & CPR

    Pocket First Aid & CPR

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 1,125 ratings – $1.99       

    Android – 4.4 with 154 reviews – $1.99

    This app is a real lifesaver. Pocket First Aid & CPR is an easy-to-use emergency guide that includes information on First Aid Basics, CPR, automated external defibrillators (AED), and medical, injury, and environmental emergencies. Rest assured, all content is provided by the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization. You may not need to use Pocket First Aid everyday, but when you do need it, you’ll sure be glad you have it.

  • Symple

    Symple

    iPhone – 4.5 with 183 ratings – $2.99

    Do you suffer from occasional shoulder pain or headaches that come out of nowhere? Now there’s an app to track those times when you experience surprising symptoms. Symple lets you track up to 20 symptoms at once, keep daily notes and photos, and record medications, exercise, and other factors that influence how you feel.

    The app also has an easy export option, so once you’ve gathered enough information you can pass it along to your doctor to review. If you’re experiencing symptoms but don’t know why, try the Symple solution.

  • Drugs.com

    Drugs.com

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 88 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.3 stars with 2,059 reviews – Free

    When you need reliable information about a certain medication, all you need to do is check your phone! For the ultimate guide in everything medication-related, check out the Drugs.com app.

    Personalize your own drug list to keep track of what medications you’re taking and receive relevant medical information. Use the search tool to browse through the extensive drug database. And identify unknown pills by entering their imprint, shape, or color. Drugs.com is the leading online drug resource, so it’s no wonder this app is so useful.

  • Whole Foods Market

    Whole Foods Market

    iPhone – 3 stars with 696 ratings – Free

    Recipe cards have gone digital! Whole Foods Market has an app that offers you access to its collection of over 3,000 recipes. It features a search option to browse by course, cuisine, special diet, and more. Once you find some dishes you’d like to try at home, you can add the ingredients to your shopping list.

    If you want to skip the trip to the store, you can use the on-hand search to find recipes that call for ingredients you already have in the kitchen. Stay on budget while experimenting with new tasty meals.

  • Garmin Fit

    Garmin Fit

    iPhone – 3 stars with 75 ratings – $0.99   

    Android – 3.5 stars with 849 reviews – $0.99

    We all know how hard it is to stay motivated when it comes to exercising, especially when you decide to start running. With Garmin Fit you can keep track of how long you’ve been running, how far you’ve traveled, your speed, and calories burned. This training tool also saves your running history, so you can look back on where you’ve recently run (maps included!) and when. The app even offers an optional soundtrack for your runs.

    Being able to see your progress mapped out on your phone is good incentive to keep at it. Try Garmin Fit as a pocket personal trainer! 

  • KidsDoc

    KidsDoc

    iPhone – 4 stars with 25 ratings – $1.99   

    Android – 3.4 stars with 5 reviews – $1.99

    Have you ever wished that your child came with an operating manual? Rest assured, you’re not alone. The KidsDoc app is the modern response to parents’ cry for help. Choose from 99 symptoms and find information on how to best respond to your child’s needs, be it a bloody nose or a bee sting.

    This trusty app’s advice comes from the clinical protocols used by pediatricians and nurses in 10,000 practices and 400 nurse call centers in the United States and Canada. Up your parenting game with the KidsDoc app.

  • My Diet Coach

    My Diet Coach

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 956 ratings – Free           

    Android – 4.4 stars with 16,886 reviews – Free

    When you take on the challenge of a new weight loss plan, it’s easy to get discouraged at first. But what if you could install a little personal motivation right onto your device? With My Diet Coach, you’ll get just that.

    Upload photos and notes that inspire you, reminders about what you want to eat and avoid, and weight loss and fitness goals. You can even keep a food and exercise journal, and receive virtual prizes when you meet your goals. My Diet Coach is like having your very own motivational speaker everywhere you go. 

  • Lumosity

    Lumosity

    iPhone – 5 stars with 80,817 ratings – Free

    Lumosity is a training program designed by neurologists to work out your brain and improve your cognitive abilities. The Lumosity app uses a series of fun and challenging games to exercise different parts of your noggin. And, you can customize your experience and track your progress on your brain profile. Finally, games for your phone that actually make you smarter!

  • Moves

    Moves

    iPhone – 4 stars with 2,211 ratings – Free

    Many of us spend a lot of time sitting down—at home watching TV, on our laptops, at work. As a result, our bodies usually don’t get the exercise they need. With the Moves app, however, you can track the distance you travel by bicycle or foot each day.

    Your journey will appear onscreen as a storyline, and the routes you’ve chosen to get from place to place will be highlighted on a map. Perhaps most importantly, the app tells you the steps you’ve taken and calories you’ve eaten, so you can chart your progress daily.

  • Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

    Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 67, 134 ratings – $0.99

    Do you wake up some mornings and wonder why you’re so drowsy after a good night’s sleep? It may be because you are in a deep sleep when your alarm goes off, which causes you to feel more tired when you wake. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock solves the problem by monitoring your movements as you sleep and waking you when you’re in your lightest sleep phase.

    Don’t worry about oversleeping. The app comes with a customizable window of up to 90 minutes, so you’ll be sure to make it to work on time. The app also provides sleep statistics and graphs every morning, so you can easily track your cycles and make notes. 

  • iTriage Health

    iTriage Health

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 26,696 ratings – Free      

    Android – 4.5 stars with 69,186 reviews – Free

    Here’s an app that takes the concept of a medical dictionary to a whole new level. iTriage not only allows you to search symptoms and find potential causes, it suggests treatments and finds qualified facilities and doctors in your area. If you’re having a medical emergency and need to head to the ER or urgent care, this app can provide average wait times.

    It also includes numbers for emergency hotlines and physician and nurse advice lines, so you can be connected easily to a real person who will give you feedback on your condition. All of this information can be saved on the app for your convenience. 

  • HealthTap

    HealthTap

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 919 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.4 stars with 12,830 reviews – Free

    When you need answers from a doctor, skip the waiting room and open HealthTap. Get your questions answered by over 50,000 real doctors in 137 specialties who contribute to discussions. This app has everything, from daily health tips to a doctor database.

    The response to HealthTap has been extremely positive. The app has received positive reviews from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and it has been featured on Top 10 lists from CNN, CBS, and ABC. The best part? It’s free! So take a virtual trip to the doctor’s office and improve your health from home. 

  • Health Is on the Way

    Health Is on the Way

    Never before has keeping track of your body been so easy and accessible. Download the apps you need and update or utilize them regularly to receive valuable insights into your health. Whether you need an exercise diary, sleep tracker, or recipes, your device is bound to offer an answer. Get the most out of your phone or tablet by downloading some of these helpful apps.

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these healthy living apps based on their potential to aid people live a healthy lifestyle in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included: user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to healthy living and the healthy living community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make living a healthy life easier to do.

Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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