We’ve all heard it so many times, and in so many places, that it’s become a cliche: “There’s an app for that.” Weather, sports, news, movies, traffic, what our friends are doing, music, the list goes on. Some of those apps can actually be useful: compiled from Mashable, CNN and TIME, here are seven of the best health apps available for smartphones right now.
RunKeeper is, as the name suggests, for the runner in all of us, the one who wants to track their time spent running, distance covered, speed and number of calories burned. The app also provides running routines, audio cues, music, and lets users sync their progress on Twitter and Facebook, to share with friends. Because, really, why else do we use apps other than to tell people what we’re doing?
For the non-runners among us, there’s Fooducate, which scans the barcode on packaged items and evaluates the health and nutritional value of the contents. Everything from preservatives, additives, food coloring, sugar and serving sizes is taken into consideration for the overall health value. Probably best of all, the app lets users compare food items side by side to determine which would be the smarter option.
Similarly, there’s MyFitnessPal, which lets users track their daily calorie intake, as well as chart out an exercise regimen to lose those calories. The database has over 2 million types of food, covering almost every imaginable base. Not bad for a free app.
Booking a doctor’s appointment is never fun, but the curiously-named ZodDoc makes it easy. Users simply have to enter their zip code and insurance information, and the application provides a list of available doctors based on their expertise, accepted insurance plans and location, complete with reviews from other users. Booking can be done through the application itself.
The fact that Yoga has been around for literally thousands of years, and is now available in app form (via Pocket Yoga) says a lot for the set of disciplines. Pocket Yoga can be customized across different practices and difficulty levels of yoga. The app also comes with voiceover instructions and default music, which users can switch out for their own preferred songs (or an entire music library).
One of the fun things about apps is that everybody uses them. LifeKraze combines keeping healthy with Twitter-like status updates, allowing users to share their progress, their pictures and challenges with like-minded fitness aficionados, as well as reward others’ accomplishments by using points (for the Redditors among us).
For pure strength and power, though, there’s nothing like Jefit. Professional bodybuilding, weight training and working out come together in this app that offers a routine planner, a logging and tracking system that automatically saves your data on the Jefit website. With timers, progress photographs and a detailed exercising database, Jefit brings home healthcare right to the user’s hand.