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10 iPhone, Android Apps To Keep You Healthy

Wellness is about more than eating salad and hitting the gym once a month. These 10 iPhone and Android apps will keep your health on track.
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(Image: Apple App Store)

(Image: Apple App Store)

Remember that time you made a New Year's resolution to be healthier in 2015?

Maybe you don't. Maybe you didn't make a resolution at all (guilty). Or maybe you started this year with a week of kale salad and spinach smoothies before abandoning your regime after a stroll past your local pizza place.

Living a healthy life isn't always easy. So many of our jobs require full days of sitting. Hectic schedules don't leave much time to prepare nutritious meals. As a workforce, we're stressed. We don't sleep well. We spend too much time on our smartphones.

[Smartphone apps you can really talk to.]

Mobile devices may be known to worsen eyesight and cause stress to the neck and back, but they might also hold the keys to a healthier future. You just need to stop texting, log out of Facebook, and make your way to the app store.

There are countless smartphone apps on the market that target every facet of a healthy lifestyle. If you can't find the motivation to hit the gym, there's an app that will charge you per workout skipped. If you can't decide which brand of cereal is healthiest, there's an app that will narrow down your choices.

Of course, wellness goes beyond physical exercise and wise food choices. Mental health is just as important, and there are mobile apps that can connect you to a therapist or help you calm down at the end of a long day.

Can you live a healthy life without the help of mobile apps? Sure. But why not leverage tools that are so readily available and often free of charge? We dug through a bunch of health and wellness apps for iPhone and Android users and picked the ones we think mostly likely to influence a healthier lifestyle. If we missed any good ones, feel free to share them.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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6/25/2015 | 12:06:38 AM
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You are not alone! So many people found the novelty wore off quickly and it made little impact to their long term activity level. Maybe the next version will be more targeted at behavior change rather than just information provision.
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6/24/2015 | 2:30:06 PM
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I think long-term effectiveness varies depending on the app and who's using it. Part of the reason people might toss fitness bands is because they don't see results right away or they get bored of them. But really, getting healthier is about finding the activies and habits that work best for you. Maybe you hate walking but love cycling - in that case, you'd be better off downloading an app like Strava that lets you track how many miles you bike. If you find an app you enjoy using, you're more likely to stick with it.
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6/24/2015 | 2:13:17 PM
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Awesome! I was excited to find Sworkit, looks like it has gotten some good reviews so far
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6/24/2015 | 11:44:14 AM
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Maybe the app with the charge will engage users because of the cost implications but long term they may just cancel if they feel the impact is too significant.
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6/23/2015 | 8:08:48 PM
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I am curious about whether users commit to these apps long term. I recently read that more than half of the fitness trackers are sitting in a drawer within six months of purchase. They are a novelty at first but then users tire of them. Do these apps experience the same type of novelty effect or do they change behavior for the long term?

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6/23/2015 | 2:48:22 PM
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Sounds like a cool app - glad it worked for you! I think mobile apps are worth a try for people looking for new ways to stay in shape, but part of the problem is motivation. It's easy to skip a workout and ignore your phone if you're feeling lazy. If you skip a training session, though, you're likely paying for the time wasted -- and no trainer will let you slack off on a workout even if you do drag yourself to the gym.
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