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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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tjgkg
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7/3/2015 | 12:32:22 PM
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I think everyone is engaged at first but that seems to diminish over time for most. Some folks do not have the time, others the interest others the money. But some of the apps with the devices could appeal to regular people who could integrate execercise with thier normal activity.
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6/25/2015 | 12:57:15 PM
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So true. I hate to admit it, but I am one of those p90x converts. I'm not a complete fanatic, but after seeing the results MY DAD achieved at around 60 years of age, I figured I should try it out. I've always been fit and active, but often get bored doing the same old thing all the time. One of the features "Beachbody Inc." has produced that I'm hooked on currently is their "Beachbody On Demand" service where you can stream any video in their library to a mobile device. I've done workouts in conference rooms or my office over my lunch break and on the floor of my son's room while he's sleeping when the living room was occupied. This type of technology is a real game-changer for me!
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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 | 6:24:50 PM
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My husband bought me the nike fit band for Christmas last year. I ended up selling it on eBay. Sorry honey! I just got tired of messing around with it and figured that time would be better spent actually doing some sort of activity :)
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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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Kelly22,
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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 | 1:44:50 PM
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@ Kelly22, I guess at the end of the day, it is up to the individual to actually work hard and make the most of the app or just slack off. I tend to be a slacker, but if I put my mind to actually using the app consistently, I think I will. Wish me luck! lol
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6/24/2015 | 1:42:53 PM
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@impactnow, Good point. That is likely to happen in a similar fashion to gym memberships as well. I guess the producers don't care about whether or not we keep using it, they just care if we buy the apps. Besides, they will likely come out with a "better app" a few months later.
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6/24/2015 | 1:40:34 PM
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Thank you for the information. I think I might try these apps! will pass it along to some friends who would love it as well.
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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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