Whether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, work on your mental health, or just make more time for yourself—there’s an app for that! Check out our guide to the best five apps to help you accomplish your health and fitness goals.
Have the benefit of a personalized health and fitness plan right in the palm of your hand with Noom–an app that connects you to a wellness coach to help you reach your fitness goals. Users will also receive daily push notifications prompting them to complete a healthy habit or task, and a community of other users to share milestones and challenges with. Noom starts at $70 per month, with several customizable plans and options.
Have trouble sleeping? Or simply want to get the most out of your rest? Sleep Cycle tracks your sleep and gives you insights and recommendations–all without a pesky wearable device. It will even wake you up during your lightest part of sleep. No more jarring alarms! Simply have the app running on your bed-side table and it does the rest. Sleep Cycle is free for a basic membership, or you can unlock advanced features and feedback for $29.99 per year with the premium membership.
Want a better understanding of the food you are putting into your body? Fooducate is the answer! The app seeks to educate and raise awareness of the nutritional value of food while making recommendations for better options. Boasting an impressive database, users can scan barcodes on their favorite foods for an instant snapshot of the overall nutritional value and ingredients. There is even a built-in calorie counting part of the app if users are looking to lose a little weight. The best part? Fooducate can sync to your Apple Health app to synchronize your daily activity and track the calories you burn throughout the day.
It can be a challenge to remember to drink enough water during the day. Waterllama sets out to help with cute, animated reminders sent to your phone or smartwatch (or you can opt for a gentle alarm instead.) Users can customize their hydration goals, participate in challenges, or even track intake of other beverages such as coffee or alcohol. Waterllama is free to use, with some in-app purchases available. However, the app is currently only available for Apple devices.
With stress and anxiety on the rise, many people are looking for a solution that doesn’t involve medication or expensive doctor’s visits. Enter Headspace–an app catered to guided meditation to help with a variety of issues. From insomnia to anxiety to simply wanting to be more mindful, Headspace has a meditation program to help. Users can take advantage of the huge library of meditations for $12.99 per month or $69.99 per year. There is also a free monthly trial when you enter your credit card information.