7 Apps That'll Make You Healthier
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The current state of health care in the United States is troubling, to say the least. Obamacare has certainly expanded the scope of coverage, but out-of-pocket costs are still cripplingly high and over-scheduled weekdays thwart our access to the nine-to-five office hours of most physicians. Luckily, a plethora of apps are currently available for the female populace to help us stay in fighting form and allow us to be proactive when it comes to our health. We’ve rounded up a collection of apps that every modern woman should have in her arsenal. Take a peak at our critiques of the best healthy apps for mind, body, and soul.
Is your Postmates account draining your grocery budget? If so, you’re likely consuming far too much take-out (and all of the sodium and processed mystery ingredients that go with it). Sign up for Blue Apron, the supremely organized home food-delivery service, to ensure that your workweek consists of homemade, well-balanced meals that satisfy your need for comfort and nutrition. You can select the number of meals you want per week and your dietary preferences and then, voilà! A box of the most immaculate display of perfectly measured groceries arrives at your door along with a laminated recipe card that you can use to re-create your meal in the future. The one drawback to this seamless replacement for Seamless is the time required for each recipe. They’re usually low-maintenance but it’s impossible to have a homemade dish without a time investment. The good news? Blue Apron tells you exactly how much active and non-active minutes you need to spare for each recipe so that you can plan ahead of time or batch your food prep time and cook a couple meals for the week at once.
The period tracking app Clue advertises itself as beautifully scientific and we’d have to agree. When you first sign up for the app, the get-to-know-you phase is painless and informative. You not only input your personal data, but you are also given a little lesson about the science of menstruation. For example, when you select “about two days” for your average PMS period, you learn just how prevalent and all-inclusive premenstrual syndrome actually is. “Over 200 symptoms have been attributed to PMS in the medical literature,” the clean, no-nonsense app reveals. On Clue, you can track your emotions, your pain level, your sex life, your hair, your sleep, and your energy. As the app gets to know you throughout the course of your first cycle, it will learn how to better prepare you for the highs and lows of womanhood. Treat Clue like a caring physician who provides subtle-but-informative guidance so that you’re never blindsided by a hormonal rage or a leak. One thing is for sure: Clue has the best bedside manner of any app we’ve tried.
Eve. by Glow ($0)
Eve., an app for your period and sex life, is your new health-savvy best friend. She has just enough sass to make you think period tracking and health logging is fun, and she keeps you curious about up-to-date, need-to-know information through “sexy” quizzes, like “The Ultimate Condom Quiz.” Plus, Eve. is part of the larger Glow community, a collection of apps created to improve the sexual health and well-being of women at different stages of their lives. If you’re curious about what’s going on down there, get Eve.
iBreast Check ($0)
From daily birth control reminders to period trackers, the App Store is not without a digital toolbox for women to get to know themselves better. But breast checks don’t always fall in the category of “urgent” or “top of mind” for most women, especially below the age of 40, which doctors say is a mistake. Use iBreastCheck, the free app from the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity, to give yourself a TLC check-up on a monthly basis. This app doesn’t dumb down the breast-check process, but it includes a video of real women giving themselves actual breast exams so that you know exactly what to look for. The app also provides a slideshow that demonstrates the types of changes or irregularities you should look out for. Finally, you can set breast-check reminders. Worrying about your boobs doesn’t have to happen all of the time, but you never miss a check-up with iBreastCheck.
Twenty-eight minutes a day is all you need to sweat with Kayla and chisel your physique to its strongest possible form. The New York Times crowned Kayla Itsines, a 24-year-old personal trainer from Australia, Instagram’s biggest fitness star. With nearly five million followers the creator of the now famous #BBG program (Bikini Body Guide) isn’t just about dropping pounds, she’s about celebrating health and fitness. Rather than gym selfies, Kayla’s feed boasts before-and-after pictures of real women who’ve tried her method and improved their confidence and body shape by doing so. Sweat With Kayla, the star’s app, enables users to have Kayla tailor her guide to their needs with an always changing weekly program of 28-minute strength training sessions, low-intensity cardio, and rest days. The app also offers recipes for a well-balanced diet designed for the athlete in every woman. The in-app camera tool allows you to see your progress and realize just how much you’ve changed with Kayla on your phone. Your undeniable results will make Sweat With Kayla your most addictive app.
The only way to lose weight is taking in fewer calories than you burn. But counting calories can be such a drag, and it's also incredibly difficult. MyFitness Pal makes it easy to record what you eat, track how much you exercise, and gauge your water intake. At the end of each day, the app tells you your net intake and how much you will weigh several weeks down the line if you continue to keep up your eating habits. The app also makes sure that you aren’t setting unrealistic expectations for weight loss and that you are consuming enough calories on a daily basis to stay healthy. You also don’t have to feel guilty about a calorie uptick from your latest sweet tooth indulgence. MyFitness Pal makes it easy to combat bad eating choices with simple recommendations and accurate calorie-counting tools.
Your health is just as much about your mind as it is about your body. Omvana, a library of audio lessons created to help you meditate, focus, sleep, and relax, is a must-have for all women who subscribe to the notion of the Third Metric. If you believe that success is defined by one’s well-being and life balance as much as it is by wealth and power, this is the app for you. Think of Omvana as your wellness guide. Unlike many other meditation apps, Omvana offers an audio library that you can mix and match to curate a meditative experience that addresses your specific needs and wants. You can also record your own meditations and mix them into existing samples.
What is your favorite health and wellness app? Share with us in the comments.