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Best Healthy Lifestyle Apps of the Year

 

best healthy lifestyle apps

We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people looking to live their healthiest life. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

Transform your smartphone into your personal health coach. From tracking your sleep to helping you grocery shop smarter, apps make it easy to keep a healthy lifestyle and visualize your progress. Get instant advice from a doctor, have first aid at your fingertips, and find all of the motivation you need to achieve your health and fitness goals with these apps.

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Sleep Talk Recorder

Sleep Talk Recorder

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Find out what you’re really doing while you sleep with this app. From excess snoring to sleep talking, Sleep Talk Recorder monitors your sleep and records the noises you (or your partner) make in the night so you can check in on your sleep quality. While it may seem like a great way to hear all the hilarious things you say in your sleep, the app can help you and your doctor determine if you’re snoring heavily or possibly suffering from sleep apnea.

Symple

Symple

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Did you take your medication this morning? What did you eat before your stomach hurt? Symple makes it easy to track how you’re feeling throughout the day. You can also go back and look for patterns or dig into the times you didn’t feel your best. Graphs and color-coded symptoms help you see your health at a glance. The app is ideal for anyone with a chronic illness, but it’s also helpful as a general health tracking app. You can import your steps, calories, heart rate, and more from Apple’s health app. Even better, you can export your data into a spreadsheet to make it easy to create custom graphs or share online with your doctor.

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Drugs.com Medication Guide

Drugs.com Medication Guide

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Put the entire Drugs.com database in your pocket with this easy to use app. From deciphering over-the-counter medications to visiting the pharmacy, this Drugs.com app lets you look up drug information, check for potential interactions, and even create a custom health profile with a list of your medications, allergies, and more. Quickly pull up your medication list at the doctor’s office and easily identify drugs by how they look.

Whole Foods Market Recipes

Whole Foods Market Recipes

iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Instead of aimlessly wandering the aisles and picking up whatever sounds good to you in the moment, use the Whole Foods Market app. It helps you create shopping lists, find healthy recipes, and see what’s currently on sale in your local store from home. Once your list is set, send it to your Apple Watch for easy shopping. The app also lets you text friends and family recipes straight from the app so you can share your favorite nutritious bites.

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KidsDoc

KidsDoc

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★✩✩

Price: $1.99

There’s no time to wait around when your child doesn’t feel well. KidsDoc gives you medical advice for everything from rashes, sores, and bee stings, to fever and head injuries. Simply input your child’s symptoms and the app will give you helpful guidance to quickly reduce symptoms and determine if your child needs to see a doctor.

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My Diet Coach

My Diet Coach

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

My Diet Coach is about more than quick fixes and rapid weight loss. The app is built to help you stay motivated, resist cravings, and make healthy lifestyle changes that last. While you can track your food, this app is no boring calorie counter or diet log. You can also set goals, track your progress, and set up personal reminders to keep you focused on what’s important to you.

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Lumosity

Lumosity

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Your body isn’t the only part of you that benefits from exercise. Train your brain with Lumosity’s mental workouts. With more than 30 games you can challenge your memory, attention, and reasoning. The app is developed by scientists to ensure the games give you a real boost.

Moves

Moves

iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

You don’t need a special device to track your walking, cycling, or running. Moves keeps up with your daily activities all from your pocket. From what route you take while you’re out, to your total daily steps, the app is easy to use with cheerful activity graphics. It’s also designed to maximize your battery life so you don’t have to worry about your phone dying in the middle of walking to your lunch meeting.

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Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Finally, an alarm that listens to you. Sleep Cycle not only tracks your full night’s sleep and records bouts of snoring, it also wakes you up at the best time for you. The alarm goes off when you’re in your lightest sleep so you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go, instead of dragging yourself out of bed after incessantly hitting snooze.

HealthTap

HealthTap

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Whether you’re between doctors or your local office is closed, HealthTap will connect you with a primary care doctor for a paid virtual appointment anytime. Chat through text or set up a video consultation for advice, referrals, lab tests, prescriptions, or even a second opinion.

iTriage

iTriage

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

iTriage was created by ER doctors to give you the information you need, when you need it. The app helps you find the right treatment or doctor, based on your symptoms. It also shows you the nearest hospitals, urgent care centers, and other medical clinics. Check out the average wait times and check in from your phone while you’re on your way to the emergency room or urgent care facility.

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First Aid

First Aid

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

With First Aid, know what to do no matter what comes up. This app by the American Red Cross gives you simple step-by-step instructions for common emergency situations like an asthma attack, broken bones, and burns. It’s also a great resource to help you prepare for emergencies like an earthquake or severe weather. Worry not, all of the information is instantly accessible anywhere — no reception or internet connection necessary.

Pact

Pact

iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Android rating: ★★★✩✩

Price: Free

Getting to the gym is a lot easier when there’s money on the line. Pact lets you decide how much each gym visit, vegetable eaten, and bike ride will pay or cost you. Connect your Fitbit, RunKeeper, or MapMyRun to verify your activity. You’ll earn cash rewards each week for every goal you uphold, or pay for those skipped veggies.

HealthyOut*

HealthyOut*

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Eating out doesn’t have to mean calorie bombs and diet mayhem. HealthyOut makes it easy to find healthy dishes at restaurants near you. Search based on specific diets, or browse by calories. The app also gives you detailed nutrition information and tips on how to modify the dish to make it healthier.

*Currently available in the United States only.

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Zipongo

Zipongo

iPhone rating: Not yet rated

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Meal planning is a breeze with this app. Zipongo lets you browse recipes, create a custom grocery list, and suggests quick recipes based on what you already have at home.

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular calorie counters for a reason. With over 5 million foods, the app has one of the largest food databases. It’s also one of the fastest and easiest ways to track your diet and hit your weight loss goals. Connect your favorite fitness apps like Apple Health, Fitbit, or Garmin to effortlessly include your exercise and calories burned.


Mandy Ferreira

Mandy Ferreira is a writer and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is passionate about health, fitness, and sustainable living. She’s currently obsessed with running, Olympic lifting, and yoga, but she also swims, cycles, and does just about everything else she can. You can keep up with her on her blog (treading-lightly.com) and on Twitter (@mandyfer1).

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