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10 Cool Health Apps to Check Out

February 2, 2019

Do you remember the first time you saw a “There’s an app for that™” commercial? In an era when many of us were still sporting diminutive flip phones and getting used to the idea of text messages, it might have seemed like nothing short of science fiction. Now, though, just a decade later, that clever catchphrase is a simple fact. From checking the weather to buying groceries to virtually trying on lipstick, there really is an app for…well, just about everything.

Today, though, we’re going to talk specifically about apps designed to support health and wellness. Whether you’re looking for awesome workout apps for women, trying to drink more water, interested in a meditation practice, on the hunt for nutritious meals that you actually want to eat, or all of the above, there’s probably a healthy living app that could help you achieve your goals. Check out 10 of our favorites to get some tech support for your wellbeing!

 

1. Couch to 5K - Physical fitness

Cost: $2.99


Couch to 5K was designed by active.com trainers to make running accessible to beginners. With a commitment of just 20-30 minutes, three times per week, you could be ready to run your first 5K (3.1 miles) in 9 weeks! You can choose from several different virtual coaches, get motivated with the in-app music player, track your progress, and easily share your experience on social media for that extra accountability factor!

2. Aaptiv - Physical fitness

Cost: Free app download, free 1-week trial. Subscription fees after trial are: $14.99/month; $99.99/year; $399.99/lifetime membership.

Aaptiv offers audio-based fitness experiences in which personal trainers guide you through a variety of workouts including running, elliptical, rowing, strength training, yoga, and more. Workouts range in difficulty and length (starting at just 7 minutes) to offer options for many different schedules and experience levels. With over 2,500 trainer-led classes to choose from, weekly updates, and corresponding playlists to help you find your rhythm, this may be one of the best fitness apps if you like to keep your fitness routine fresh and flexible!

3. CycleCast - Physical fitness

Cost: Free app download, free 7-day trial. Subscription fees after trial: $9.99/month; $89.99/year.

If you love the intensity and results of indoor cycling, but don’t always have the time (or the budget) for spinning classes, CycleCast might be the fitness app for you! This app offers 700+ stationery bike workouts with great playlists and professional guidance from a variety of instructors.

4. FIT Radio - Workout music

Cost: Free app download, free 30-day trial. Subscription fees after trial: $27.99/3 months.

The right music can make it so much easier to stay focused when you’re exercising, but for many of us, it’s tough enough to find time to work out, let alone make perfect workout playlists. The FIT Radio app gives you access to over 150 DJ-created mixes updated monthly and allows you to sort by genre, activity, DJ, or BPM. Best of all, you can use the coaching feature to pair those playlists with guidance!

5. Downdog - Yoga

Cost: Free app download, 3 free classes. Subscription fees after trial: $7.99/month; $49.99/year; $249.99/lifetime membership.

If you’re looking for a fitness routine that maximizes stress relief, you may want to try building a yoga practice! Downdog offers customizable classes that are never the same twice. If you’re new to yoga, don’t worry…the app includes a 3-day Intro series to get you started! You can choose from a wide range of class lengths and difficulty levels to fit your schedule and goals, enjoy playlists designed to connect you to the pace of the practice and the rhythm of your breath, and even use the “Boost” feature if there’s a specific area you’d like to focus on (e.g., poses to relieve back pain, open hamstrings, etc.).

6. Asana Rebel - Yoga/HIIT

Cost: Free app download, select free workouts. Subscription fees: $37.99/3 months; 58.99/year.

Asana Rebel combines yoga with high-intensity interval training for workouts that are typically a little more fitness-based than a traditional yoga class. However, with 5 different options, you can customize your experience to match your needs in the present moment! Choose from: “Get in Shape,” “Strength,” “Flexibility,” “Balance & Focus, or “Breathe & Relax.”

7. Headspace - Meditation

Cost: Free app download, free “Basics” course. Subscription fees: $12.99/month; $94.99/year; $399.99/lifetime membership.

Health is about more than physical fitness…it’s important to exercise your mind as well, and Headspace is designed to help you do just that. With an extensive library of guided meditations and mindfulness techniques, this app offers many opportunities to relieve stress, increase focus, improve sleep, etc. Even if you can only set aside a few minutes a day, scientific evidence suggests that a regular meditation practice may be extremely beneficial.

8. Mealime - Recipes & meal planning

Cost: Free app download, free version with limited features. Pro version subscription fees: $5.99/month; $49.99/year.

Mealime provides a simple meal planning platform with healthy recipes that can be prepared in around 30 minutes or less. It allows you to choose from a wide variety of diet types (including paleo, vegan, pescetarian, keto, and more) as well input any allergies/dietary restrictions and even filter out recipes with ingredients you dislike. The meal plans are designed to minimize food waste, which is not only great for the environment, but can also help keep your grocery expenses lower!

9. Waterlogged - Hydration

Cost: Free app download, select free features (with ads). Full version: $3.99.

As simple as drinking water may seem, many of us struggle to stay well-hydrated. Waterlogged lets you log your water consumption and provides personalized reminders to help you reach your goals and start enjoying the health benefits of proper hydration!

10. Calm - Sleep

Cost: Free app download, free 7-day trial. Subscription fees after trial: $59.99/year; $299.99/lifetime membership.

Whether it’s falling asleep, getting enough sleep, or the quality of the sleep we’re getting, many of us struggle with sleep on some level, and it can really have some negative effects. Calm offers guided meditations, mindful movement videos, relaxing music/sounds, and more to help users tap into their rhythms and develop a healthier sleep experience.

We hope this helps light the way to a healthier, happier you! At Our Life Covered℠, we’re all about making life—and life insurance—a little bit easier. So while you’re checking out these awesome apps, stop by our website to grab a no-obligation quote and learn more about how simple it can be to start better protecting your family’s financial future!

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Rachel Thomas

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Rachel Thomas

Rachel is a Digital Marketing Specialist on our Digital Distribution team. She grew up playing soccer in Michigan and moved to St. Louis to play at the collegiate level. Living in Florence, Italy during her study abroad trip promoted her need for travel and delicious food. Rachel loves her two kittens, her family, and is a fan of craft beer.

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