6 Apps That Will Make You Healthier
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With our busy lifestyles, it's becoming increasingly difficult to make health a priority. As much as we try and squeeze in a kale smoothie here, a yoga session there, we just don't feel like we've got a real handle on our health.
Luckily, a plethora of apps are currently available for the female populace to help us stay in fighting form and allow us to be proactive when it comes to our health. We’ve rounded up a collection of apps that every modern woman should have in her arsenal. Take a peak at our critiques of the best healthy apps for mind, body, and soul.
The period tracking app Clue advertises itself as beautifully scientific and we’d have to agree. When you first sign up for the app, the get-to-know-you phase is painless and informative. You not only input your personal data, but you are also given a little lesson about the science of menstruation. For example, when you select “about two days” for your average PMS period, you learn just how prevalent and all-inclusive premenstrual syndrome actually is. “Over 200 symptoms have been attributed to PMS in the medical literature,” the clean, no-nonsense app reveals. On Clue, you can track your emotions, your pain level, your sex life, your hair, your sleep, and your energy. As the app gets to know you throughout the course of your first cycle, it will learn how to better prepare you for the highs and lows of womanhood. Treat Clue like a caring physician who provides subtle-but-informative guidance so that you’re never blindsided by a hormonal rage or a leak. One thing is for sure: Clue has the best bedside manner of any app we’ve tried.
Eve. by Glow ($0)
Eve., an app for your period and sex life, is your new health-savvy best friend. She has just enough sass to make you think period tracking and health logging is fun, and she keeps you curious about up-to-date, need-to-know information through “sexy” quizzes, like “The Ultimate Condom Quiz.” Plus, Eve. is part of the larger Glow community, a collection of apps created to improve the sexual health and well-being of women at different stages of their lives. If you’re curious about what’s going on down there, get Eve.
iBreast Check ($0)
From daily birth control reminders to period trackers, the App Store is not without a digital toolbox for women to get to know themselves better. But breast checks don’t always fall in the category of “urgent” or “top of mind” for most women, especially below the age of 40, which doctors say is a mistake. Use iBreastCheck, the free app, to give yourself a TLC check-up on a monthly basis. This app doesn’t dumb down the breast-check process, but it includes a video of real women giving themselves actual breast exams so that you know exactly what to look for. The app also provides a slideshow that demonstrates the types of changes or irregularities you should look out for. Finally, you can set breast-check reminders. Worrying about your boobs doesn’t have to happen all of the time, but you never miss a check-up with iBreastCheck.
Twenty-eight minutes a day is all you need to sweat with Kayla and chisel your physique to its strongest possible form. The New York Times crowned Kayla Itsines, a 24-year-old personal trainer from Australia, Instagram’s biggest fitness star. With nearly five million followers the creator of the now famous #BBG program (Bikini Body Guide) isn’t just about dropping pounds, she’s about celebrating health and fitness. Rather than gym selfies, Kayla’s feed boasts before-and-after pictures of real women who’ve tried her method and improved their confidence and body shape by doing so. Sweat With Kayla, the star’s app, enables users to have Kayla tailor her guide to their needs with an always changing weekly program of 28-minute strength training sessions, low-intensity cardio, and rest days. The app also offers recipes for a well-balanced diet designed for the athlete in every woman. The in-app camera tool allows you to see your progress and realise just how much you’ve changed with Kayla on your phone. Your undeniable results will make Sweat With Kayla your most addictive app.
The only way to lose weight is taking in fewer calories than you burn. But counting calories can be such a drag, and it's also incredibly difficult. MyFitness Pal makes it easy to record what you eat, track how much you exercise, and gauge your water intake. At the end of each day, the app tells you your net intake and how much you will weigh several weeks down the line if you continue to keep up your eating habits. The app also makes sure that you aren’t setting unrealistic expectations for weight loss and that you are consuming enough calories on a daily basis to stay healthy. You also don’t have to feel guilty about a calorie uptick from your latest sweet tooth indulgence. MyFitness Pal makes it easy to combat bad eating choices with simple recommendations and accurate calorie-counting tools.
Your health is just as much about your mind as it is about your body. Omvana, a library of audio lessons created to help you meditate, focus, sleep, and relax, is a must-have for all women who subscribe to the notion of the Third Metric. If you believe that success is defined by one’s well-being and life balance as much as it is by wealth and power, this is the app for you. Think of Omvana as your wellness guide. Unlike many other meditation apps, Omvana offers an audio library that you can mix and match to curate a meditative experience that addresses your specific needs and wants. You can also record your own meditations and mix them into existing samples.