The new year is here. The ball dropped, and people cheered and made New Year’s resolutions. While our goals change ranks every year—saving money leads the 2017 pack—the same ones almost always appear: spend less and save more, live life to the fullest, stay healthy and fit, lose weight, and spend more time with family and friends.
Unfortunately, people often start the year strong but fizzle out by mid-March. Not you, however. Your resolutions will stay fresh because you have health and fitness apps that will keep you on track with your goals all year round. Here are twenty-five apps that will help you keep your fitness, health, mental wellness, food and diet, and safety resolutions. We’ve also called out five apps as Safewise’s Top Safety Picks.
Regardless of where you are on your fitness journey, one of the apps below will keep you motivated all year long. These apps cater to a variety of fitness activities, so one is sure to match your fitness level and preferences, keeping you safe and injury-free.
Couch to 5K (C25K) makes it simple to get ready for your first race. The nine-week series includes three weekly workouts to prime your legs and lungs for action.
Unique Feature: You can share progress with the online community and review personalized analytics.
SafeWise Top Safety Pick: We chose C25K because it ensures your safety and well-being. You gradually progress toward running three miles, rather than strapping on shoes, hitting the pavement, and scraping a knee or getting shin splints. And since you’re running the miles, you might as well record them with a quality fitness tracker.
Yoga is for everyone, from MMA fans to runners. It limbers and tones muscles to prevent injuries and make you a leaner fitness machine. Daily Yoga offers a variety of classes as well as detailed instructions about poses.
Unique Feature: You can forget about grainy YouTube videos. Daily Yoga records its classes in HD.
To keep track of annual medical appointments and prescriptions, draw upon one of these five health apps. Some monitor overall health, while others focus on specific needs, such as diabetes, sleep care, and medical emergencies. Because many of the apps monitor prescriptions and medical conditions, you can use them to avoid allergic reactions and unwanted side effects.
Sugar Sense allows diabetics and pre-diabetics to track their glucose levels throughout the day. Users can look at blood sugar averages over a week, a month, or the last ninety days and see how the numbers impact their H1C.
Unique Feature: Sugar Sense syncs with some fitness trackers, allowing users to monitor how physical activity affects their glucose levels.
SleepBot watches over your sleep via a motion tracker and sound recorder. It identifies deficits and potential solutions to things that interrupt your rest.
Unique Feature: SleepBot features a smart alarm that rings during a light-sleep cycle, ensuring you wake up refreshed and recharged.
Mental Health Apps
Mental health includes relaxation and well-being, and helps you lead a fuller, safer, and happier life. Many of these apps will alleviate stress and anxiety at home, work, and anywhere in between. Those positive effects add up: when you’re stress-free and sleeping well, you won’t nod off in meetings or during your daily commute.
Headspace seeks to improve your focus and overall well-being through mindfulness exercises and meditation. It is a favorite on iTunes and Google Play.
Unique Feature: Besides regular meditation exercises, Headspace provides two-minute SOS exercises meant to calm the stormiest head and heart.
SafeWise Top Safety Pick: We like Headspace because you can use it anytime, anywhere. When you’ve had a frustrating day at work, you can go through an SOS before heading home. It clears your head and keeps your mind on the road rather than the workplace.
After a free consultation, this app grants you with unlimited and on-demand access to counselors and licensed therapists. You can text a licensed professional any time anxiety, stress, or another strong emotion threatens to bowl you over.
Unique Feature: Talkspace also offers counseling services for couples.
Happify acts as a sort of mood ring for your phone. You tell the app how you’re feeling, and it proffers a professionally curated list of activities that range from simple games to meditation exercises.
Unique Feature: Happify features games designed to boost positive emotions and combat negative thinking. You can track your progress, too, with in-app analytics.
Buddhify incorporates elements of Happify and Headspace. When you first open the app, you see a color wheel listing common activities like waking up, waiting around, taking a work break, or going to sleep. You select an activity, then choose a guided meditation suited to the context.
Unique Feature: With Buddhify, you can go solo or meditate with a partner.
Food and Diet Apps
Exercise is good; exercise combined with healthy eating is better. When you attack your health and fitness resolutions from all angles, you reach a healthier lifestyle overall. These food apps assist with shopping for healthy ingredients—a sometimes confusing and time-intensive endeavor—and managing food and water intake. Some help with food allergies, too, preventing potential reactions and complications.
WaterBalance customizes to your unique health profile. You enter your weight, age, and other personal information, and the app determines how much water you need every day to stay hydrated.
Unique Feature: The app is fun and easy to use. As you drink water, a digital silhouette fills from the tip of the toe to the top of the head.
Personal, Home, and Neighborhood Safety Apps
Safety might not show up on your list of 2017 resolutions, but it plays a part in living life to the fullest. When you feel safe, you’re happier and healthier because you aren’t worried about yourself, your kids, or your neighborhood.
bSafe allows you to create a network of “guardians” who can follow your activity via GPS. If you are in danger, you press the emergency alarm, and the app automatically notifies your guardians and begins recording audio and video.
Unique Feature: bSafe includes a timer, which proves useful when you want to go for a run or bike ride without your phone. The app issues a message to guardians if you fail to make it back within the set time period.
OnWatch acts similarly to bSafe, but with an added bonus: it has the ability to call campus police. This app is perfect for students, professors, or staff with evening schedules or daily walks to the commuter lot.
Unique Feature: OnWatch also has a timer. However, it first sends you an alert. If you fail to respond to it, the app contacts your emergency network.
Family & Friends Locator lets you monitor kids, friends, roommates, or coworkers without having to send a text asking, where are you?
Unique Feature: In addition to basic GPS tracking, you can create safe zones for home, work, and school. The app also features group messaging, which comes in handy when you’re visiting a theme park or attending a conference.