Health Apps

Normally, we encourage a healthy and balanced diet, but it’s more than normal to “exaggerate” in terms of food during the holidays. The holidays have this incredible effect on you: all you are able to do is sleep and eat, eat and sleep. But since after the holidays you will need to get back in shape, here are ten health apps that might just do the trick.

1. Calorie Counter

MyFitnessPal’s Calorie Counter offers a database of over 3,000,000 foods and boasts a ”fast food and exercise entry” process. After entering in food in the app, or online, users can add friends to track and share each other’s progress. Besides food, the app can track 350 exercises and if the user’s exercise isn’t preloaded, he or she can enter it into the app.

2. FitnessClass

FitnessClass has high-quality workout sessions from all over the world, all in one app. You can find the right lessons according to your needs, post your own reviews of videos, calculate the amount of calories burned per session or post the progress of your exercise sessions to your social media accounts.

3. Lose it!

Lose it! helps people lose weight using a daily calorie budget, a food and exercise tracker and a system that connects users to people, devices, and food information that could help them achieve weight loss goals. The app customizes a weight loss plan that fits the user’s life. Some features include a barcode scanner, recipe builder and meal or exercise planning guides.

4. Fooducate

Fooducate helps you eat healthier by scanning barcodes of products and providing a nutrition grade instantly, ranging from A to D. You can read information of a product, such as the controversy behind food coloring and make better. To help Fooducate, you can also submit products for analysis and write your own review.

5. Weight Watchers Mobile

Weight Watchers helps you make smarter food choices with healthier recipes, shopping lists and interactive Cheat Sheets. You can also read health news, exercise info, success stories and weight-loss tips.

6. My Tracks

My Tracks records the user’s path, speed, distance and elevation while he or she walks, runs, bikes. Users can view their data live, annotate their path and hear periodic voice announcements of their progress. The app also syncs with Google Drive and connects to a few third party sensors like Zephyr HxM Bluetooth heart rate monitor, Polar WearLink Bluetooth heart rate monitor and ANT+ heart rate and speed distance monitors, although those require an ANT+ compatible phones. My Tracks is also an open source project and open to contributors.

7. Sportaneous

Sportaneous lets users find and book fitness classes in a snap. Whether they want Yoga, Pilates or Kickboxing, Users can find out what’s close and get moving.

8. iTriage Health

The app offers patients a symptom checker, doctor search, a database of medical symptoms, diseases, conditions, procedures, medications and drugs and a hospital locator. From the app, patients can also check in while they are on their way to select hospitals and check wait times for the emergency room. iTriage is working with parent company Aetna to offer mid-sized employer groups a customizable version of the app that guides users to in-network providers.

9. Pill Identifier

This app helps you check your medications. With more than 10,000 Rx/OTC medications, Pill Identifier helps you identify pills without labels, by searching through imprint, drug name, pill shape and color. You can also learn more from the description, strength and Rx/OTC availability.

10. UP by Jawbone

UP takes a holistic approach to living healthy. With a wristband that tracks movement and sleep, the app displays the data and allows users to input meals and mood. The app also provides feedback to keep users motivated.

The wristband is simple, but the app allows an easy to understand daily picture of your own progress (as well as your friends).

Are there any other health apps you are currently using?