Fitness Apps

If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably pretty health-conscious. Thankfully, there are over 100,000 health and fitness apps out there to help. Whether you’re trying to find affordable health coverage, shed a few pounds, or have a healthy pregnancy, there’s an app for that. Here are some of the best health apps we’ve found to help you lead a more wholesome life.

1. HealthCare Blue Book

HealthCare Blue Book is the Kelley Blue Book of healthcare. It connects budget-conscious consumers and moderately priced healthcare providers. Users can search by entering zip codes, choosing certain procedures or doctors, or by using a drop down menu. You’ll get a “recommended price” for every search and will have the option of printing a “binding price estimate” agreement. This allows you to take it to your provider and negotiate the very best rate.
HealthCare Blue Book is especially helpful for those with high deductibles. Although, consumers with good insurance policies can utilize HealthCare Blue Book to find better prices too.

Pros:

  • Unique. You can shop around for the cheapest health care services near you to pay less out-of-pocket.
  • Price Agreements. HealthCare Blue Book provides you with a “binding price estimate” that you can take to your physician to negotiate better pricing.
  • Free. Patients won’t pay anything to use this service.
  • Comparison. Healthcare is complicated. HealthCare Blue Book has a simple comparison function so you can easily see cost differences for similar procedures and physicians.

Cons:

  • Not Available With All Physicians. Not every physician is listed here. They have to opt in and be willing to offer economical services, so you might not find your favorite doctor on here.

2. Lark

Lark is a personal weight-loss and health coach that was voted one of Apple’s “Top 10 apps in 2015.” Through an app, users can log meals, connect to a human health coach 24/7, get health tips, log sleep and activity, and more. Lark is extremely positive and sends encouraging messages to keep you going strong. It’s also meant for people managing chronic illnesses like diabetes, psoriasis, and hypertension too. Whatever your goal, you can customize a health plan and make steps toward achieving milestones over Lark’s 16-week program. Service costs $19.95 per month, but Lark offers a 7-day free trial so users can see how they like it before committing.

Pros:

  • Live Coaches. You’ll be connected digitally with a human health coach.
  • Manageable Timeline. Lark gives you a 16-week timeline to reach your fitness goals. It’s long enough to make a difference, but short enough that it won’t seem unattainable to people just starting out on a healthier path.
  • Acclaimed. Lark has been praised by Vogue, Shape, and Fitness Magazine. It won Apple’s “Top 10 apps of 2015” too.
  • 7-Day Free Trial. Test out Lark to see if you like it before you commit to the 16-week pricing.
  • Apple Watch Compatible. Download Lark for your Apple watch to track your progress easily.

Cons:

  • Not Free. You can find some fitness apps for free, but Lark costs $19.95 per month. However, you get extremely personalized coaching and expert advice with this app.

3. Sprout PregnancyTM

Sprout Pregnancy was designed by Med ART Studios to bring about-to-be-moms closer to their babies than ever before. Once you purchase the app, you’ll receive 3D models of your developing child, high resolution images, a kick counter, and helpful pregnancy check lists. Sprout Pregnancy doubles as an education tool that delivers helpful advice and information throughout your pregnancy. From conception to birth, you can do everything on Sprout’s app from tracking your baby’s progress, to creating birth plans, keeping track of doctor’s appointments, reading up on concerns, and timing contractions.

Pros:

  • Educational. Read about health concerns, your baby’s growth progress, and pregnancy information through this app.
  • Organizer. Add your doctor and other pregnancy appointments to the app so you don’t forget.
  • Weight Tracker. Input your weight every week to see if you’re on track to a healthy pregnancy.
  • Birth Coach. Use the contraction timer once you go into labor so you know when its time to go to the hospital.
  • Good Reviews. Sprout Pregnancy was one of Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Apps of the Year” in 2014.
  • Free Trial. Test it out before you buy the app.

Cons:

  • Not Free. You’ll only spend $3.99 on this app, but that’s still more than free versions cost.

4. Coach.me

Coach.me is the ultimate positive reinforcement tool. Whether you want to lose 10 pounds, spend less money, become a better leader, or go further in your career, Coach.me can help. If you’d like to focus on your mental and physical health, you can use the app to access a free habit tracker that monitors fitness, running, diet, addiction, and mindfulness. For $15/week, you can get personalized habit coaching to keep you on track to reaching your goals. Coach.me is truly a holistic tool that can help better your life.

Pros:

  • Free Habit Tracking. You will have to pay for habit coaching, though.
  • Leadership Coaching. Better yourself on a whole new level with this $249/month add-on.
  • Tracking Categories. Lose weight, monitor your diet, learn how to save money, track your fitness, and more with this app.

Cons:

  • Price. Coach.me costs $15/week for habit coaching, but the tracking app is free.

5. FitBit

FitBit is part app, part wearable tracker. It acts as a pedometer, heart rate monitor, sleep tracker, calorie meter, and so much more. The company has different products for every lifestyle, so whether you are a marathon runner or are just starting out with a healthier fitness regimen, you can find a product for you. Every wristband comes with an app and unique tracking tools to help you become a healthier person.

Pros:

  • Multiple Wristbands. Find a wristband that matches your lifestyle and goals.
  • Durable. Wristbands come with water resistance and easy to clean silicon material.
  • App. Your wristband will tell you a lot, but the free app that accompanies it will tell you more.
  • Battery Life. Your watch is designed to last 6 months without charging. Then, you’ll need a new battery.

Cons:

  • Must Buy A Wristband. The wristbands range from $60–$130. The app comes free with purchase.
  • Must Be Worn Constantly. You have to wear this wristband at all times to track your fitness.

6. Spotify Running

You’re on your final mile and need some extra energy to get you through, but your iPod keeps shuffling to slow songs. With the Spotify Running feature, you won’t have to worry about this anymore. It’ll match the rhythm of your steps to the music is plays, so if you’re sprinting, you can listen to fast-paced music to keep you going.

Pros:

  • Matches Your Pace. Listen to music that matches your energy to keep you going.
  • Non-Stop Music. The music won’t stop, so you’ll be motivated to keep your feet moving too.
  • Works With Smartphone. Download the Spotify app and get going.

Cons:

  • Need Subscription. You won’t be able to play music for free from your smart device, so you’ll need a monthly Spotify membership to access this feature.

7. Nike + Training Club

Nike has a slew of products and apps designed to get you fit. With Training Club, tap into free workouts designed by professional trainers and easy-to-use tutorials to make sure you’re exercising the right way. You can choose from beginner, intermediate, to advanced workouts and goals that focus on getting lean, focused, toned, or strong. The app has share-ability, so if you need extra accountability and motivation, you can share your progress to get encouragement from friends.

Pros:

  • Professional Workouts. Get over 100 free workouts designed by professional trainers.
  • Customizable. Select your fitness level and get exercise regimens that will challenge you.
  • Free. The app is free and so are many of the functions.

Cons:

  • No Live Coach. You won’t have a live coach with this app.

8. Fooducate

Maybe you’ve been using a fitness app, but are falling short on reaching fitness goals when it comes to nutrition. Fooducate was created to address this issue right at the source: the grocery store. If you stock your shelves with healthier foods, you won’t have an option of pigging out on unhealthy late night snacks. This app scans barcodes and gives each food item a healthiness score. It also provides you with alternative options that are healthier. When you’re not at the store, you can track your diet and weight loss with this app too.

Pros:

  • Free. You won’t pay a thing for this handy nutrition app.
  • Easy. Consider this app your personal nutritionist. It’s super easy to use and can tell you a lot about the foods you eat.
  • Weight Loss Tracker. Use the app to track diet and weight loss goals.
  • Tips. Every day, Fooducate will give you a nutrition tip to help educate you about how food impacts your body.
  • Recipes. Get healthy recipes from this app.

Cons:

  • No Live Coach.

9. Thrive Market

Download this app to shop for organic and natural foods at wholesale prices. It’s the first socially-conscious app of its time that connects people with healthier food choices at prices they can afford. You can become a member to save on monthly food and product deliveries and eliminate the need to go to the grocery store. The app makes it easy to find foods, supplements, and more for people with certain dietary needs—like gluten-free foods, Vegan products, Paleo-friendly items, and more. The app is free and comes with lots of coupons, savings, and convenience.

Pros:

  • Wholesale. Spend 50% less on organic and natural products through Thrive Market.
  • Delivery. Get everything delivered to your door.
  • Categories. Shop for products based on dietary needs for a quicker checkout.
  • Coupons. Save with coupons and more incentives.

Cons:

  • Limited Brands. Although there are 500 brands, you may not be able to find all your favorites here.

10. MySugr

People who struggle with diabetes know the dangers of inaccurately monitoring their glucose levels. MySugr was designed to make this easier. Not only will it help track your blood sugar levels, but it will provide you with tips about type 2 diabetes and more. The best part for users will probably be that this app syncs with FreeStyle Libre or Medtronic CGM devices, so you don’t have to input data twice.

Pros:

  • For People With Diabetes. This app is solely focused on those with diabetes.
  • Sugar Scanner. Upload your glucose readings to the app so it can better track your health.
  • Import Function. Import information from your FreeStyle Libre or Medtronic CGM devices.
  • Monitor Patterns. Unveil habits and patterns you might not even know about so you can better manage your glucose levels and stay safe.

Cons:

  • Not a real doctor. This can help you manage your diabetes, but is no substitute for medical professionals.

11. MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal has over six million users. As one of the most popular fitness apps out there, it’s helped countless people lose weight. MyFitnessPal primarily functions as a calorie counter, diet tracker, and exercise journal. With one million pre-programmed foods, you can look up the nutrition information for almost everything you eat and keep track of your diet. Plus, you can plug in any exercise you do to learn how many calories you burned and if you’re on track for meeting your max caloric intake for the day.

Pros:

  • Popular. Over six million people use this app to lose weight.
  • Vast Library. Track calories easily by selecting from one million different foods with complete nutrition information.
  • Exercise Tracking. Use MyFitnessPal to keep track of your exercise and see how many calories you burned.
  • Free. You won’t pay for this service.
  • Flexible. Set goals that pertain to your diet and needs. MyFitnessPal works with Atkins, WeightWatchers, and more.

Cons:

  • There aren’t any!

12. Meditation Studio

A sound mind is a sound body. Make sure you round out your health goals by incorporating the most important part: your brain! Meditation Studio is meant to ground its users and train them to develop more control over their thoughts and stress levels. Choose from different meditation exercises that help you with sleep, confidence, relaxation, relationships, and more.

Pros:

  • Variety. There are a number of meditation collections that help with sleep, relationships, confidence, relaxation, compassion, and more.
  • Experts. These meditations are led by experts—from monks to yoga instructors.
  • Portable. Practice meditation wherever you go with your smart device.

Cons:

  • Not Free. This app costs $2.99.

When it comes to staying (or getting) healthy, a little coaching goes a long way. Download some of these top health and fitness apps for a leg-up on your lifestyle goals. If you’re concerned about a loved one’s health, you can also learn more about personal monitors like ADT Pulse app. This helpful app can notify you when a loved one has hit the panic button on their personal help device and needs help.

Written by Caroline Maurer

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