You’ve made your list of new year resolutions and you’ve had time to get started on your health goals. Maybe you want to exercise more, sleep better, or just feel less stress. There’s an app for that. Here are our picks for the Best iPhone Apps for Healthier Living (and they’re all free!)
Charity Miles (free) – Charity Miles is a walking, running and biking tracker app that tracks how many miles you’ve covered during your workout. Plus, using Charity Miles also earns money for charity on your behalf for every mile you move, via brand workout sponsors like Humana, Johnson & Johnson and Chobani.
Fit Radio (free) – No matter if you’re walking, hiking, running, or just moving – the best motivation is good music that keeps up with you. Fit Radio Workout Music: The only fitness app that provides you with non-stop, high energy playlists of all genres designed to motivate your workout. Dubbed the “Pandora for gym rats” by Mashable with features in SELF Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Forbes, Women’s Running, Health, P90x and more.
My Fitness Pal (free) – The most popular fitness and food journal app, My Fitness Pal is the easiest-to-use all-around counter for iOS. Keep track of all your health goals: diet, weight, measurements, fitness routine, macro count, and water consumption. It features the largest food database (over 5,000,000 foods) and fantastic features like barcode scan food entry, personal blogs, user forums, challenges, reminders and more. And it’s free! There is no better daily record app – period.
C25K 5K Trainer (free) – If you’re thinking about running this year, but you’re scared to just jump in – The OFFICIAL C25K® (Couch to 5K) program is the perfect place to start. This app will slowly work you from couch potato to 5K in 8 weeks, by gradually increasing your run duration 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week. This simple and intuitive app is ideal for first time runners. Use it on the treadmill or on outside runs. It also partners with My Fitness Pal to keep track of distance ran and allows you to listen to your favorite music while the app is running.
Daily Yoga (free) – Daily Yoga inspires yogis worldwide with the largest yoga pose base, 100+ yoga and meditation classes plus varied programs that suit yogis of all levels, and helps them stay with yoga everyday. Focused on yoga for weight loss, beginner to advanced, better sleep & full relax, altogether 11 yoga experts aim to make it easier & convenient to workout and help you gain better results from yoga.
Diet Bet (free to join, bet amounts vary) – What’s better than losing weight? Winning CASH for it. The idea is simple: bet on yourself to lose weight with a group of other players. If you meet your weight loss goal by the end of the game, you split the pot with the other players. Boom! You just made money getting healthy.
You can choose between two game types: Kickstarter: Lose 4% of your weight in 4 weeks / Transformer: Lose 10% of your weight in 6 months. All weigh-ins are verified by scale photo and algorithmic auditing by DietBet staff. You can start your own bet campaign with friends, family or coworkers – or join one put together by someone on the website.
Happify – for Stress & Anxiety (free) – Think of Happify as your personal trainer – for your mental wellness. Users select a “wellness track” to work on daily. It can be more time for yourself, reducing stress, or even conquering negative thoughts; there are many to choose from. Each day you’ll have activities and reminders that help you gradually work on your area of focus, using scientific methods researched and created by mental health professionals.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock (free) – An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. As you sleep you go through different phases, ranging from deep sleep to light sleep. The phase you are in when your alarm goes off has a strong effect on how tired you will feel when you wake up. Since you move differently in bed during the different phases, Sleep Cycle can use the microphone or accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movements and determine which sleep phase you are in, then waking you in your lightest phase.