Technology in the fitness sphere has been fast evolving. The latest examples are the wearable devices that help you track your health data. Ideally, you should know your physical activity, calorie intake, mood, sleep patterns, and even menstrual phases through apps and other digital tools.

But in the real world, you can’t spread yourself thin (see what we did there?). The key is to focus on a few resources while you try to slay current dragons—er, goals. If you are still window-shopping the best health apps for your wellness adventure, you’ll find the following list pretty handy.

NHS Choices weight loss guide

Shed off pounds using this 12-week diet and exercise plan, co-created by the National Health Service (NHS) with the British Dietetic Association. NHS puts the safe rate for weight loss at 0.5kg to 1kg (1lb to 2lb) per week. You will be able to achieve this goal “by sticking to a daily calorie allowance,” the agency adds.

With four million downloads to date (go here), this guide has an online community that is growing and ready to support you. Just make sure to know how the NHS Choices features work and follow its recommendations.

Price: Free


This tech firm boasts of a family of fitness products that cater to different people and preferences. You can take the quiz on its site to find which one suits you. For instance, you may get Fitbit Versa, a smartwatch that allows fitness and sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, personal coaching, and music playing. Plus, it’s swimproof and long-lasting (four days of batt life).

You can connect multiple Fitbit devices to one app account. So if you choose to switch to a different product, you can just pick up where you left off.

Price: Fitbit Versa starts at $199


Here’s an app that will teach you about food grades, let you scan barcodes at the grocery store, and know which food options are good for your health. It’s like taking a supermarket trip with your nutritionist. And it gives you tips like: “Limit your calories from liquids, they don’t satiate as well as solid food.” It helps you make the right choices for your meals, snacks, and drinks.

Download and explore the app to see if it’s something you’d like to keep on your mobile.

Price: Free


Whether you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle, this app is always ready to cheer you on. MyFitnessPal motivates users to achieve their goals through diet and exercise. With this app, you can track the calories and break down nutrition information. It also leverages gamification, rewards action, and drives you to reach for your dreams.

Plus, it is powered by Under Armour. This company has shown its dedication to sports and quality. And that extends to the overall health of individuals.

Price: Free

Nike+ Run Club

Training for a run? Just jogging to get your body moving? Make Nike+ Run Club your virtual coach. It logs your pace and progress. Then it customizes your training plan using your personal data. You can also search for or create a running club in your area so you can run better together with friends.

If anything, the app simply cultivates in you the mindset and spirit of an athlete. It sure offers a fun way to run.

Price: Free

Stretching and Flexibility Plans

It’s important to activate your muscles especially if you sit for long hours at work. But if they’re also sore, do a series of stretches stat. This app, downloadable on iTunes, dishes out different positions to try. All of them target a specific sore point. The movements are grouped according to expert level: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Follow the plans provided or create your own based on the 300 different stretches on the app.

Price: $10/six months or $18/year on iTunes


For the women reading this article, do you track your period? Your entire menstrual cycle? If you don’t, then let Flo help you get started. Aside from plotting your ovulation period, pre-menstrual phase, and menstrual date, it also collects additional data points like mood, symptoms, and sexual activity. Then, the app will curate and share with you informational and insightful content related to women and your reproductive health.

Price: Free


Maybe you’ve come across doctors who are raving about the benefits of meditation on the mind and body. They often suggest it to a person who’s experiencing a lot of stress. Stress can be a factor in conditions like insomnia. With Headspace, you can choose the free Basics pack that will take you on a 10-day beginner’s course on guided meditation. The practice is linked to a positive impact on stress levels, productivity, and sleep.

Price: Free


Instead of trying multiple workouts in a week, you can pace yourself with Aaptiv. This workout app enables you to explore different workouts and training styles. You can pick running, rowing, HIIT, strength training, yoga, and many others. Whatever your situation is, there is a training that can meet your needs and wants.

Price: Free trial, $15/month or $100/year


Many of the examples here have a free version yet can be upgraded to a premium account. The good thing is that you can try an app first before committing. Once you know which among these apps will be part of your motley crew, you are ready to kick off to the next level of your wellness journey.

We wish you well. Live long and prosper.

You may also like


10 Benefits of Yoga in Daily Life


Yoga comes in many forms. Hatha, meaning force, is the most common. It involves the physical and so covers the popular choice among practitioners. Vinyasa flow and power yoga, one involves flowing and another intense movements, are examples of hatha yoga.

In some cases, you perform some physical activities before moving toward meditation. Kriya is an energizing yoga that usually precedes meditation.

Despite the many types, yoga as a practice has endured. This exercise may be more than just an exercise after all. It actually promotes mind-body connection. And the benefits of this approach permeate everyday life. Let’s take a look at some of these benefits.


Boosts your mood

Any type of yoga involves physical movements in various degrees of difficulty. So even if it’s not your main workout, it can have a positive effect on your mood. More meditative…

Read More
Gear & Gadgets Tech

Best Fitness Gadgets for 2019


The Consumer Electronics Show 2019, held in Vegas in January, became the hub for the hottest fitness gadgets in town.

Here are some of the best gadgets that should be on your list if you’re serious about your health and fitness goals this year:

Smartwatches are still in

They’re discreet and stylish, depending on the maker. And among the wearable tech lot, they rank high in functionality. Smartwatches are not going anywhere this year for sure.

Apple Watch Series 4

The redesigned version boasts a bigger screen, an electric heart sensor, and a reengineered Digital Crown with haptic feedback. The larger display allows you to view up to eight complications at a time. With the sensor, you can generate an electrocardiogram via the ECG app to share with your doctor. Use the ECG app by touching…

Read More
Diet & Nutrition Recipes

6 Healthy Foods (With Recipes) You Can Kickstart the Habit of Eating


Just thinking about what we can do with six of Time’s “50 Healthiest Foods of All Time” already makes us drool. So we hope this shortlist will whet your appetite and get you cooking like Tita in Like Water for Chocolates, both the book and film versions.

First to note is that, aside from packing lots of nutrition, these items are easy to find in the supermarket. Second is for you to add lots of love and enjoy prepping them. “Eat happy and healthy” should be your new mantra.


This whole grain ticks several items on the list. Buckwheat is rich in fiber, protein, and minerals. And it doesn’t contain gluten. Eastern and European dishes have featured this food for…

Read More
Fitness Lifestyle

How Instagram has Transformed the Fitness Industry


What are the chances of you opening up Instagram and at least one person on your feed has posted a photo of his or her fitness regimes, healthy meals or workout attire? Probably very high. Whether you are repulsed or encouraged by it, Instagram has started a fitness revolution that cannot be avoided.

waybetter fitness

In recent years, our social media feeds have been flooded with images of the ideal which is perpetuated through society through a multitude digital actions such as the ‘double tap’, shares and screenshots.

Why is Instagram so Popular within the Fitness Industry?
Instagram has provided personal trainers and fitness enthusiasts with a platform to offer advice and support for others trying to reach their fitness goals. People are drawn to the photographic evidence of progression and results that give people the encouragement and attitude that anything is possible.

Whether you are…

Read More

9 Ways to Cope With and Manage Stress


Stress has become a mainstay of modern life. But until now, many people still succumb to its harmful effects. They get sick, feel defeated, or worse, end their life. This is why it is important for you to remember that you are stronger than stress. You cannot eliminate it, but you can cope and manage it.

A Khan Academy course outlines ways to handle stress better. They are divided into coping mechanisms and stress management techniques.

Coping mechanisms

Take back control in certain areas of your life

If you’re facing a stressful situation, you may feel like losing control. At work, for instance, triggers can come from your current position. You can be looking at a demanding load or feeling underused skills-wise.

Find an area in your life in which you can field a quick win….

Read More
Health Weight Loss

6 Fasting Tips for Weight Loss and Wellness


To fast or not to fast? If that is your question, then you ought to know there is no one simple answer. Studies are still being done, results studied. So, as you’re chiefly responsible to your body, you’re on the right track for researching this option thoroughly.

Aside from pound-shedding, you must consider the overall impact of any fasting method. Not to scare you, but there can be long-term consequences. Dive into these tips if you are serious about knowing how fasting can help or harm you.

Check if you’re at risk of long-term side effects

Here’s some cautionary news from a group of scientists that presented in the European Society of Endocrinology in May. Intermittent fasting may reduce weight, but it may also increase the risk of diabetes in healthy people. Your body may also produce more free…

Read More