Exercise and fitness apps can help meet your wellness goals, but good health doesn’t end there. From meditation and tracking water intake and sleep to knowing what’s in your food, thousands of apps are available to support the rest of your health.
Here are a few top-rated apps available on multiple operating systems:
Calm: With sleep stories to help you drift off, nature sounds and breathing exercises and music for relaxation or focus, Calm was a Best of 2018 Apple winner. The first seven days are a free trial, and after that it’s $59.99 annually or $399.99 for life.
Happify: for Stress and Worry: This app uses science-based games and activities to help reduce stress, overcome negative thoughts and build resilience. Insurance companies, such as Cigna, and large employers are partnering with the app to promote mental well-being among their members and employees. Subscriptions are $139.99 a year, a monthly plan for $14.99 and $449.99 for life.
Headspace: This app teaches users how to meditate, breathe and live mindfully. The app’s Basics course is free and teaches meditation and mindfulness essentials. There are even “SOS” sessions for urgent moments of stress, anxiety or panic. Subscriptions are $94.99 a year or $12.99 monthly.
Sleep Cycle: This sleep tracker touts that its users will wake up feeling refreshed and better rested. Described as an “intelligent alarm clock,” it wakes you while you are in your lightest stage of sleep. While snoozing, the app uses either the microphone or accelerometer on your device (you can set it to either) to monitor sleep patterns the entire night. Some features are free, while the premium option allows you to track longtime sleep trends, your heart rate and even info on how the weather affects your sleep quality. The app is free, but premium features are $29.99 a year.
Pillow: This app is also a “smart” alarm clock. It can be downloaded for free, but for extra insight into the sleep data collected, the premium version costs $4.99.
Non-diet nutrition apps
Waterlogged — Drink More Water: This app provides personalized charts and reminders to help you stay hydrated. Other apps set the water intake goal based on weight, but this one lets you customize it. The app is free, but to unlock premium features like reminders and Fitbit integration, it costs $3.99.
HealthyOut: Going out to eat, but don’t want to bust your diet? This free app makes it easy to find nutritious menu items. And if you have special dietary needs, the app can help you find gluten-free, paleo-friendly and low-carb choices.
Fooducate Diet & Nutrition: This app, which took first place in the U.S. Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge, allows you to understand what’s in your food. Using your phone to scan a product’s barcode, you can then see its nutrition grade (A, B, C or D) and the reason for the ranking. It suggests healthier alternatives and allows food intake and exercise tracking (in conjunction with Apple’s Health app). The active online community is a great place to ask questions and get feedback. There is also a Fooducate Plus app, which costs $3.99 and is an ad-free version of the basic app.
Shopwell -- Better Food Choices: Similar to Fooducate, Shopwell’s barcode scanner can help determine if a product meets your nutrition goals or if there’s something better. By setting up your preferences, Shopwell can help you stay on top of your nutrition goals, help you find products in your local store, send food allergy alerts and manage your likes/dislikes. The best part? It’s also free.