The Best Healthy Lifestyle Apps – 2017 Edition

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Sometimes, we need help getting our healthy lifestyle on! Wouldn't it be silly not to take advantage of the technology that's already all around us (and mostly in our pockets or handbags)? From tracking to guided exercise apps, there's something for everyone out there. 

the best mobile apps for a healthy lifestyle

Disclaimer: all the information about pricing and features are correct to the best of my knowledge as of September 2017.

Meal Tracking

Lose It! (Free basic version, Paid subscription)

lose it app screenshot

I'm a huge fan of this app. If you're just starting out, the free version will be more than suitable. The app offers the basic functionalities that you would expect, so logging meals and exercise is a given. You can set goals in terms of weight or exercise minutes, and participate in challenges with other app users if you need motivation by competition.

The premium version has a few more features, detailed here. I'm on the premium plan, but I haven't really found any reason to be on it as opposed to the basic plan. But, you know, now I'm stuck in the one-year subscription, it happens sometimes! 😛

Regardless, I really love the app. My favourite features are the motivational reminders they send you so that you don't forget to log, and the nice graph that shows your progress towards your goal!

Download Lose It! for iOS and for Android

Fitness

Nike Run Club & Nike Training Club (both free)

nike + run club app screenshot nike + training club app screenshot

I swear by these two. I'm telling you, they are the best free fitness apps out there. Okay, maybe I'm biased because I love Nike. 😛 But still, they're so, so good. The best thing about them is probably the value you get for absolutely no money, zilch. No ads, either.

Nike Run Club has a coaching option that allows you to set up a personalised running plan depending on duration, specific goal (if you need to train for a race), your personal running records, and the frequency at which you want to train.

The app tracks your runs on GPS, or if you're running indoors, it uses motion detection. It gives you all the usual stats. Plus, you get awards for completing certain objectives like running 3x a week, or your fastest 5k, etc. I always love getting a shiny new virtual badge! One of my favourite things is that Nike Run Club connects to Spotify, so you can listen to your own music during runs without having to switch apps all the time.

Download Nike + Run Club for iOS and for Android



Nike Training Club is the workout equivalent to Nike Run Club. The app has a database of over a hundred categorised workouts to choose from, with plenty more being added all the time! You can go for high-intensity workouts or more relaxed ones to cool down, there's a lot of choice. What I like about Nike Training Club is that their videos are very comprehensive, and they add an audio description of how to do the exercise so you don't get confused just looking at it.

Get Nike + Training Club for iOS and for Android

With just these two free apps, you're all set to get started on your fitness journey! No more excuses!

Meditation

Headspace (Free basic version, Paid subscription)

headspace app screenshot

Bear with me, ok, I confess, I used to be a "meditation, ew, I don't like that spiritual mumbo-jumbo stuff" person. I still kind of am, I guess that's the hardcore scientist in me speaking. To each their own, right? 

HOWEVER, mindfulness, as it is presented in this app, is not about "spirituality" as such. It's more of a training to improve your mental health. It's not like therapy, it doesn't solve any issues you might have, but it gives you the tools to be able to deal with them better as they arise. 

I, for example, have suffered from insomnia for a while now. Listening to the "sleep" package in Headspace has given me a few techniques for how to process my day and try and put myself in a mental state for sleeping. 

It's a very simple concept, you put aside 10 minutes a day (and what's 10 minutes, right?) to meditate with audio guidance. You get to choose the topic. Options are limited for the free version, but great if you just want to give it a go first.

Can't hurt, right?

Download Headspace for iOS and for Android

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That's my short and sweet list! Hope you try these out and see whether they work for you.

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Helene is a lifestyle blogger whose goal is to inspire others to live their life to the fullest. She loves dancing, and she would love to see as much of the world as possible!

22 Comments

  1. Heraa Farooq
    October 9, 2017

    I like the fitness apps I have been using my fitness pal for some time but it was taking up alot of space so I had to take it off. I will try one of your recommended one’s hopefully they will not take much space ? I liked headspace, I have tried their non paid version for some time.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 9, 2017

      I think it depends on what type of data you choose to store on your phone. NTC takes up some space because you have to download the workouts, but you can download one at a time and then delete them when you’re done??

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  2. Alex
    October 9, 2017

    Great apps – I love Headspace, we use it every day as a family. I use the fitbit app with my tracker too.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 10, 2017

      I’ve heard that Fitbit is good! Yeah Headspace is awesome with its animations and everything????

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  3. Kimberly Kruty
    October 10, 2017

    I use Loseit! when I’m not on vacation lol but I love it. I think its a great way to keep track of your caloric in take. There’s a really good work out app you should check out called sworkit, it gives different exercises for everything.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 10, 2017

      I’ll check it out, thanks!!

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  4. Aditi
    October 10, 2017

    I have tried using apps like Meal Tracking and My Fitness Pal earlier. The only issue with me is consistency. I used to make entries once in a few days and eventually ended up uninstalling them. Yikes! I should download one of them again. 🙂 Cheers!!

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 10, 2017

      You can do it!!??

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  5. Michael
    October 10, 2017

    I liked the Nike Training Club which I have used in the past. I find Polar Beat pretty good as it covers loads of activities.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 10, 2017

      Cool, thanks for the recommendation!

      Reply
  6. Travelquartz
    October 10, 2017

    I got fitbit as a gift but have not used it regularly. I should not do that. I’m now inspired to use it again. I like all the options here and noted them for use. Very useful article.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 10, 2017

      Go for it!:) Thanks for your comment! Happy it was useful.

      Reply
  7. lexieanimetravel
    October 10, 2017

    Superb list, I had an app before about meal tracking but eventually I dropped it since I don’t have time to input everthing. love these apps, as long as it helps us to keep healthy and strong, well it always depends on the user on how to execute the following steps for a better result. thanks for this one !

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 10, 2017

      Thanks for your lovely comment! I rely on these apps daily to keep me on track, so I hope my list can help others too:)

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  8. DTG
    October 10, 2017

    Oh thank you for sharing there I have been looking for some good apps to download, I really need to start getting fit. I also bought a Fitbit recently, all I need to do is use it now lol, my friends use it with it’s great app that also monitors sleep patterns. Great list.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 10, 2017

      If I didn’t have my Apple Watch I’d be looking into Fitbit too! I’ve heard really good things:) thanks for your lovely comment??

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  9. Rahat Arora
    October 12, 2017

    Some good apps on healthy lifestyle I keep this post with me I will install these apps to have a healthy lifestyle.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 12, 2017

      Great!

      Reply
  10. Katie
    October 12, 2017

    These are some great choices, will have to check them out! I have my trust fitness pal but love the meal tracker idea!

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 12, 2017

      Meal tracking is super effective:D It makes you really conscious of your diet:D

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  11. Faisal
    October 16, 2017

    Superb list and they are apps I may use in future!

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 16, 2017

      Thanks!

      Reply

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