We’ve selected these apps based on their frequent updates, user reviews, and overall impact in helping people prioritize healthy living. If you’d like to suggest an app for this list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Living a healthy life isn’t just about diet and exercise — it’s about starting and maintaining good habits. These can and should involve learning how to manage sleep patterns, stress, and even how you interact with the people around you. Keeping track of all of these factors and staying motivated to make healthy choices is an effort in and of itself.
The best healthy lifestyle apps of 2016 are all about making you a healthier person incrementally, whether it’s through tracking your foods, getting better sleep, or bringing all of these healthy lifestyle factors together.
Drugs.com Medication Guide
Drug interactions and accidental overdoses can be fatal. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re taking your medications safely and in a way most likely to benefit your health. The Drugs.com Medication Guide app will help you identify medications, learn about side effects and potential interactions, and track your dosage. Best of all, you can check for recalls and ask specific questions about the drugs you take.
First Aid by American Red Cross
Accidents happen, and when they do, the American Red Cross’s First Aid app can be a lifesaver. Ideally, this app will help you prevent accidents too. You can walk through virtual first aid scenarios to test your preparedness, and watch videos that will teach you how to help you safeguard your home. You can even call 911 directly through the app, should you realize your situation needs more than your help alone.
Eating out frequently can put a serious dent in your weight loss and overall health goals. HealthyOut can help you minimize the damage. This app is great for people who want to remain health-conscious even when they’re eating at their favorite restaurant. You can search by zip code or GPS, and then narrow your options by your dietary restrictions or cuisine preferences. Best of all, the entries feature complete dietary information on the restaurant menu items.
HealthTap can be extremely useful as a health database when you’re in need of a two-way conversation. The health information database features a substantial library covering numerous topics, but you can also send in your own questions and receive personalized answers from real doctors. If you’re still not satisfied, the app features the ability to video chat or text with a doctor to receive direct advice and guidance.
iTriage was created by two emergency room doctors to give consumers access to a massive health and medical database. Search for symptoms, conditions, medications, and more. You can use the app to help decide if your condition warrants a doctor’s appointment or even a trip to the hospital. We like the ability to store your medical records and even set appointments.
When your child is sick, do you tuck them into bed and hope for the best, or call the doctor immediately? Too proactive, and you could waste money and time in the doctor’s office. Too lackadaisical, and your little one’s condition could worsen. KidsDoc is a useful tool for parents, with a symptom guide and decision chart to help you decide what to do next. You’ll also get useful medication guides and first aid topics.
The Lumosity app is a free download, but with your monthly subscription, you get access to numerous features. Like its namesake website, the app was designed to help people improve their memory, attention, and cognitive skills. There are games and daily brain workouts to challenge and improve cognitive abilities. You’ll earn points and can compare those scores over time to track your progress.
Your activity level can impact your physical and mental health, and Moves is designed to help monitor just how active you are being. You can carry your phone in your pocket or purse, and the app will track your steps and mileage based on movement, tagging your locations and even displaying what your mode of transport is. At the end of the day, see how much you’ve walked, run, or cycled in the last 24 hours. After you’ve been using the app for a while, you can work on improving your pace and activity level.
MyFitnessPal’s Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
Tracking your daily calorie count and seeing how close you are to achieving your nutrition goals is made easy with this wildly popular health app. MyFitnessPal features a database of over 5 million foods, each with detailed nutritional information. Input your meals and see how your daily intake measures up. You can also use the app to track your exercise, and learn how your daily fitness efforts affect your caloric intake.
My Diet Coach
Everyone knows that dieting is hard work, but with My Diet Coach you’ll get access to a variety of tools that can help increase your chances of success. The most unique feature is a visual weight tracker, where you’ll find an animated version of yourself and watch its appearance change as you update your measurements and weight. You can also use the app to track your exercise and diet, and find tips, reminders, and motivational quotes.
Saying no to dessert is tough, but what if you lost money every time you gave into temptation? Pact has users put their money where their mouths are, and brings a financial incentive to healthy habits. You tell the app how much you’re willing to put on the line and it directs you to make healthy lifestyle changes. Earn money when you work out, and lose money when you choose not to reach your health goals. You can also sync the app with other popular health trackers to track your foods.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Getting a good night’s sleep can mean the difference between a good and bad day. Over time, poor sleeping habits can affect your mood and your health. The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock analyzes your sleeping patterns to ensure you’re waking during the optimal time. You set your alarm for the time you’d need to get out of bed, and the app will wake you within 30 minutes before that time, choosing the best time given the phase of sleep you’re in.
Sleep Talk Recorder
We aren’t sure if this app falls under sleep quality or humor, but both are important to living a healthy life. The Sleep Talk Recorder records audio while you’re sleeping. If you’re a conversationalist in the dead of night, the results could be quite entertaining, and could also explain why you often wake up not feeling fully rested. We like that the app only records when triggered, so it’s not running through the night and killing your battery.
Whether you struggle with chronic disease or are monitoring a virus you’ve just come down with, Symple is a great way to track your symptoms and identify problems early on. The app allows you to track 10 symptoms at a time, record the medications you take, and log your exercise. You can take and store photos, which can be super useful when your condition is dermatologic, or when you don’t want to have to write down typically long medication names.
Whole Foods Market App
If you’ve ever eaten in the Whole Foods Market cafés, you know they have some amazing flavors to choose from. With this app, you can recreate many of those recipes in your own kitchen. You can browse the recipes, search for specific ingredients, and mark your favorite healthy dishes to come back to later. The app also gives you access to local store events and specials, so you can time your visit to the market to get the best deals.
Eating healthfully can be a challenge, and doing it consistently is even harder. The Zipongo app will help you find great recipes — which you can tailor to your allergies or food restrictions — and meal ideas that align with your health goals. You can use the app to create grocery lists and store your favorite recipes all in one place, and get deals and discounts from grocery stores around you.