The best health apps and how to use them

In this day and age, it is a rarity not to have your smartphone within fingertips’ reach. Between all of our iMessaging, Snapchat-ing and Instagram-ing, it’s hard to make time to keep up to speed with the signals your body is sending. Luckily, there are some amazing health apps in the Apple App Store to help make sure your body and mind are in tip-top shape.

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Who knew that keeping close tabs on your body’s health was within reach of a button? Here are our 8 favourite apps for anything health-related.


1. SLEEP CYCLE

Waking up in the morning is difficult – we can all attest to that. But did you know that a matter of 15 minutes could make it just a little easier? Sleep Cycle is an app that tracks your slumber pattern through movement and breathing to wake you up at the moment when you are at your lightest sleep. Just set an interval of 15 minutes or so, and you will be awoken at the right time for your body with one of the many calming alarm-sounds the app offers. The app also records data so you can see charts and statistics about your sleeping patterns so you can track the quality and quantity of sleep you get each night.

 

2. SMILING MIND

Feel as though you never have time to breathe within your busy schedule? Smiling Mind is an app dedicated to simple meditation exercises to help you take a moment and reflect on your thoughts and emotions during the week. To start a program, you just answer questions about the way you are feeling at that particular moment and the app will create a custom exercise to help calm you and whatever you might be feeling that day.

 

3. MY FITNESS PAL

Of all the calorie tracking apps, My Fitness Pal is a clear front-runner. The app has thousands of users, meaning that the food library is stocked high so you can find the nutrition facts of practically any food you want and even allows you to scan barcodes of packaged foods, which will keep you aware of what you are putting into your body. The app can also connect to a variety of external step-counters so you can integrate your fitness and diet into one app, allowing you to track your goals and share your accomplishments with others to keep you accountable.

 

4. CLUE

As strange as it may sound, Clue is the best period-tracking app we’ve found. By entering information on the time of your period, the flow, your pain, mood, and sexual activity, the app can help you learn when you are ovulating in case you want to get pregnant, don’t want to get pregnant, or just want to understand those awful mood swings that seem to arise out of nowhere.

 

Save the world and simultaneously shed the kilos. Zombies, Run! is an exciting audio adventure and fitness app that lets users escape from their usual jogging track into interactive story missions where you are star of your own video game. In the forty minute episodes, you play the hero; and collect virtual supplies to build your home base whilst fleeing from the growls and groans of the undead. The app also allows you to integrate your own workout playlists so you can bolt with Beyonce on your side - because ‘You’re a Survivor’.

 

6. CHEM-ELEON

An app highly acclaimed by Miranda Kerr, Chem-eleon acts as an encyclopaedia for all those ingredients we don’t know how to pronounce in our food or other daily products. Search for an ingredient and read up on what’s in it, what it does, whether it is harmful or helpful, and even if it’s banned in any places. This app is perfect for grocery shopping so you can know exactly what you are getting before you dish out the cash for something.

 

7. HEAL YOUR BODY A-Z

Ever felt under the weather and just didn’t understand why? Adapted from a best-selling book by Louise Hay, Heal Your Body A-Z provides information on common health problems you might face in your day-to-day life. By identifying the problem and its cause, the app can help you figure out what works best to help you combat the issue.

 

8. SHOPWELL

Similarly to Chemeleon, ShopWell is a must-have for grocery runs. The app allows you to scan a product in the store and then gives you a list of healthier alternatives so you are getting the most out of your money. If you put in information such as your weight, age, and what you are looking to achieve with a diet, the app will also give you personalised options to put on your grocery list.

 

9. ABC VEGIE GUIDE

Another Miranda Kerr favourite, ABC Vegie Guide acts as a great tool for Australia’s beginner vegetable gardeners. This app is perfect if you’ve been getting an inkling to test out your green thumb by planting your own home-grown vegetables. The Vegie Guide will tell you what vegetables are in season and will grow the best in your particular climate. You can even track the growth of your personal garden and learn the warning signs of diseases and pests that might try to get in your way. 

 
 

Story by Sammi Keys and Amanda Chan