Your iPhone can’t make you exercise more or change your diet. But it can help you make your life more social, more creative, and way more fun. With so many health and fitness apps aimed at helping you take care of yourself, your Mac and iOS device can be sources of support and inspiration — and all the nerdy statistics you’d ever want. No matter what your initial fitness level or your own goals (maybe you just want to sleep better, feel less stressed, or find a new trail to walk your dog), we hope something here speaks to you.
Let's say you enjoyed the holidays a bit too much. Also, if we're really being honest, you probably enjoyed January too much as well. There are a number of apps that track your health and fitness, such as the ever-excellent Nike+, but Moves excels at doing something different-- it tracks you passively.
For most of us, either time or money is scarce; for many, it's certainly both. Yoga classes often come at $20 a pop and require an hour and a half of commitment. If you're a new or busy yogi, give Yoga Studio a try. This inexpensive app has quickly become one of my favorites for fitness
There are two great motivators to shedding your winter blubber: Realizing the extent of the holiday eating damage or having access to Nike's sublime iOS app that lets you track your runs. "Tracking" is perhaps putting things lightly, because this $1.99 baby serves up more stats than you could possibly need on every run you take. That means it's versatile enough to sate seasoned road warriors (the GPS function tracks both your pace and path) and wobbly newbies (it cheers you on when you break your own records).
With the rising cost of health care in the U.S., it’s no surprise that a small cottage industry has popped up for gadgets that allow us to skip costly doctor visits and monitor our health from home. One of the more intriguing devices is the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor, a $129 solution for tracking weight, fat/lean mass, BMI, heart rate, and blood pressure daily through an iOS device.
If you regularly run interval workouts, chances are good you’ve already got a Timex or Garmin wrist watch that’ll not only remind you to change pace but also monitor your heart rate, the distances you cover via GPS, and a host of other relevant bells and whistles.
But for people who are only just discovering the joys (and pains) of interval training, the Runners Interval Timer app, priced at just $1.99, is an awesome alternative to the aforementioned gizmos, which typically run between $50 and $350.
We love spending quality time indoors with our gadgets, but sometimes we just want to take things outside. We're all for leaving the iPhone at home while out for a run, but these iOS and Mac gadgets just help you run faster, bike harder, and burn more calories all around. Best of all, they make fitness even more fun!
Parents are always worried about the health and welfare of their little ones, but it’s not always easy to get the right information when the kids get sick. That’s why KidsHealth has introduced a new free iPhone app that asks the simple question: Is It Contagious?
Anger problem? Don’t punch us for this suggestion (kidding!), but there’s a trio of iPhone apps in which a Muppet-esque “doctor” named Shrinky (shrinky.net) talks you through mental health–related topics. Shrinky: Anxiety and Shrinky’s Anger Remedy are $2.99; Shrinky: Cheap Chill is $0.99. It seems silly at first, but if you listen to the puppet (through headphones, ideally) and follow his calming instructions, you should actually feel better. And at the very least, you’re taking a proactive step toward doing so, instead of simply reacting to whatever made you angry in the first place.
Stressed out? We feel you. Stress is the worst. Fortunately, the iTunes Store has tons of solutions. Podcasts are free, and searching for “stress” yields dozens of results. Since different people will respond to different techniques, download a few episodes and listen to them on your commute or in a quiet corner with headphones. A couple of our favorites are Dr. Harry Henshaw’s Enhanced Healing Podcast, which features relaxation music and binaural tones at five minutes an episode, and The Meditation Coach Podcast’s episodes “8-minute Guided Breath Meditation with Theta Rain” and “4-minute Mini Vacation Guided Meditation.”