Whether you want to build muscle, sleep better, or have a healthier relationship with food, there’s an app for it. In fact, there are thousands of apps for this.
But don’t worry! We’ve scoured the app store to find the really good ones so you don’t have to. Here are 14 health and fitness apps available.
How we chose the best apps
When choosing, we focused on applications that are:
- highly rated
- user friendly
We have also tried to list apps that are available for iOS and Android.
The best app for health and fitness
Without further ado, here’s our list of the best apps, including pros, cons, and what users are saying.
Best app for Health and Fitness Tracking
Journy is a sleek and simple habit tracker for Android and iOS. The app includes tracking of habits you want to build and break, so it’s useful whether you’re trying to eat more vegetables or less junk food.
The app’s colorful interface is fun and allows you to set and track goals on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. You can also set a goal to do this habit several times a day, which is helpful for things like drinking water or stretching.
Finally, Journy has some fun features to keep you motivated. Each habit has a “daily journal” where you can make notes about your progress. And the app lets you group habits into categories for easier navigation. For example, you can have “health” habits, “work” and “exercise” (or whatever categories make sense to you).
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The best app for overall fitness
Tell Sworkit what type of workout you’re looking for (strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching) and how much time you have (from 5 minutes to an hour), and the app will suggest moves that adapt to your sweat.
If you go premium, the app lets you personalize even more by setting the number of reps and body areas you want to target.
The best fitness app for fitness beginners
If you’ve wanted to try running but didn’t know where to start, Couch to 5K should be the next app to download. It’s a great way to transition into #FitFam life. All you need is 30 to 40 minutes a day, 3 times a week, for 8 weeks. Each workout includes a 5-minute warm-up and a 5-minute cool-down.
The best fitness app for running
Diet Running and Cycling
If you’re a serious runner or cyclist, you need one place to keep track of your recent runs and rides. No other app comes close to Strava’s capabilities. The app can track distance, speed, altitude, calories burned, heart rate, power and cadence. It then synthesizes all this data into easy-to-understand graphics.
The best fitness app for strength training
Strong Exercise Tracker Gym Log
Tracking your lifts can be the perfect incentive to keep going. With an intuitive interface, Strong Workout Tracker Gym Log lets you track all the details of your strength training, from PRs to daily sets and reps. There’s also an in-app timer and a notes section so you can write about your ~feelings~.
The best fitness app for personal training
Strength training can become monotonous (squats again?). That’s where Pear comes in. The app lets you choose from a list of personal trainers to customize your routine and guide you through your workouts. But you can also do the exercise yourself.
The best fitness app for food tracking
If you’re looking for an effective way to track your diet and exercise but could do without all the bells and whistles, here’s one for you. This food and fitness journal app is a minimalist’s dream in both form and function. Track your food, physical activity, water intake and weight by adding customizable note-style entries to your calendar.
Push notifications keep you on track, multiple view options give you different perspectives, and new updates let you export your monthly diary to PDF, making sharing your progress a breeze. Clean and simple.
The best fitness app to count calories
There’s a reason why MyFitnessPal continues to dominate the health and fitness app landscape after 14 long years on the market. The app’s database contains more than 6 million foods, so you can log almost anything you put into your body, from fast food to homemade vegan lasagna, with a handy recipe calculator.
You can also set exercise and diet goals and take advantage of MyFitnessPal’s extensive online community for support, tips and motivation.
Best for nutrition
This colorful, eye-catching app will seriously up your grocery game. Scan barcodes or manually search for any item and get instant access to clearly stated nutritional information, a personalized letter detailing the value of each item and suggestions for healthier alternatives.
The best fitness app for meal planning
This app is especially helpful if you are dealing with food-related health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and GI issues. This approach is holistic – no calories are counted here – and focuses on emotional well-being as much as the physical aspect.
The best part is that you can get safe and secure support from your nutritionist, psychologist, doctor, personal trainer or whoever else you have in your corner, right in the app.
The best fitness app for stress relief
Happy not perfect
Created by scientists, cognitive behavioral therapists, and breathing specialists, these quick exercises help relieve anxiety and refresh your mind.
But our favorite feature? A space to write your craziest thoughts and burn them! Watching these limiting beliefs go up in digital flames is strangely satisfying. And don’t worry, your phone won’t turn off.
The best fitness app for meditation
This app offers much more than just breathing exercises and images of peaceful mountains, classes, guided meditations and music to help you find a greater sense of peace in your life.
The real highlight is the wide variety of bedtime stories that will make it easy for you to snooze. Be lulled by Stephen Fry, Bob Ross or Bronn from “Game of Thrones”. Then wake up and take a creativity class from Elizabeth Gilbert!
The best fitness app for sleep
It’s like having a bat in your bed! Okay, this may not sound like a sales pitch, but this app uses sonar technology to track your sleep. So say “sayonara” to feeling groggy in the morning.
In addition to assessing the quality of your sleep, the app offers an alarm clock that wakes you up during your lightest sleep cycle (within 30 minutes of when you need to get up). Not only will you know exactly how well you sleep, but the app also provides daily recommendations to improve your snooze.
The best fitness app to track your period
Whether you want to track your fertility or just have tampons and pain relievers ready, this app takes all the mystery out of menstruation. Let Flo know when you got your period, and the app will track your cycle, tell you when you’re ovulating, and let you know when the red menace reappears.
Apps are a great way to stay on top of your health and fitness goals. And these 14 options offer something for everyone.