The Smartphone Workout: 19 Apps That Will Make You Happier And Healthier

Let your smartphone take the strain

Incorporating wellbeing and fitness into your daily routine can be tough if time is of a premium. Research, expert guidance, planning, shopping, tracking; it’s a full-time job.

However, there is a way to alleviate this additional stress: apps. Your smartphone can find workout routines, source local classes, personal trainers, nutritionists, therapists and offer a wealth of advice, making you smarter, more focused and increasing motivation. Utilise these apps in the right way and you'll improve physical and mental health.

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Here are 20 of the best.

 

1 | Best For Tracking Performance

Health Mate
A daily activity tracker and heart rate monitor that will let help you monitor progress and improve fitness in the long-term.
Free

Strava
A sports tracker designed specifically for runners and cyclists.
Free


2 | Best For Nutrition

Hapicoach
Recalibrate your diet with bespoke advice, detailed food information and a personal nutritionist.
Free

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Kafoodle
Advice on where to eat out and what to order if you suffer from allergies, food intolerances, or are on a lean-and-clean diet.
Free

Whole Foods Market
With over 3,700 recipes, cooking tips and shopping lists, this is your ideal health-focused culinary companion.
Free


3 | Best For Sports And Classes

Openplay
If you prefer outdoor pursuits to the gym, this app will put you in touch with sports teams in your community.
Free

Mindbody Connect
An app to help you find and book the best gym classes and services locally and worldwide.
Free


4 | Best For The Brain

Brain Hq
Proven to increase memory, speed and attention, this app is packed with two-minute puzzles, quizzes and training programs that will exercise the most important part of the body: the brain.
Free, Apple only

Headspace
Meditation benefits include increased focus, decreased worry and greater functionality. This is a gym membership for the mind.
Free


5 | Best For Mental Health

SAM
Developed by leading physiologists, this app will help you monitor and manage anxiety and stress.
Free

Talkspace
Had a bad day or need to offload? This provides affordable and anonymous therapy 24/7 via one-to-one messaging or calls with qualified professionals.
Free

 

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6 | Best For Training Technique

BodySpace
Want to increase performance, learn new techniques and converse with other like-minded people? Meet your new gym buddy. Body Space has thousands of exercises, each with detailed instructions and a short video.
Free

FITMO
For a fraction of the cost and for a set monthly fee, find a personal trainer tailored to your needs who will provide a training plan and advice via the app and FaceTime.
Free, Apple only


7 | Best For Motivation

Pact
Lacking motivation? The app debits your account every time you miss a gym session, sports class or run.
Free

Pump Up
The social media app for fitness bunnies where gym selfies are acceptable and members share progress and swap training plans.
Free

Spring
A music app designed specifically for training; build bespoke playlists for your hiking, running and cycling based on BPM.
Free


8 | Best For Medication And Supplements

Drugs.com
Pharmaceutical encyclopedia which helps identify drugs, check dosages, log your own medical records and avoid negative interactions. Free


9 | Best For Sleep

Twilight
Simple yet effective, this app promotes a healthy night’s sleep by removing the blue light from your phone in the evening. Blue light is proven to stimulate the brain and promote insomnia.
Free, Android only


10 | Best For Focus

Water Your Body
If it’s focus and mental agility you want, then make sure you are fully hydrated. This app will monitor your daily water intake to ensure you perform to the best of your abilities. 79p

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2016 issue of Esquire, on sale now.

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