With the popularity of smart phones and tablets, numerous mobile resources have been created to help you maintain your health goals on the go. The National Academy of Dietetics has provided a review of popular consumer and lifestyle apps. Additionally, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular and well reviewed diet, exercise, and wellness apps. Many of the apps below are from trusted organizations featured elsewhere on the site. We hope that you’ll explore the apps to see which ones work best for you.
Apps to help you make smart eating decisions.
Drink More Water will help track and remind you to drink enough water throughout the day. The app features include a progress bar to show you how much you've water you've consumed for the current day. Available for: Android
With Fooducate you scan, see, and select your way to better health. Instead of trying to decode nutrition facts labels and ingredient lists, use Fooducate to automatically scan a product barcode, see product highlights (both good & bad), and select better alternatives. Featured in USAToday, NYTimes, WSJ, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and on ABC, FOX, NBC. Available for: Android, iPhone
Lose It! helps you to set a daily calorie budget, track your food and exercise, and stay motivated to make smarter choices and achieve your goals. Lose It! creates a customized weight loss plan based on your goals. Through the app, you are connected to people, devises and food information needed to reach those goals. Lose It! also integrates with the most popular health and fitness devices and apps available. Click to see a complete feature list. With Snap It by Lose It! you can track you food simply by snapping a picture. Available for: Android, iPhone, Kindle Fire
MyFitnessPal features a fast food and exercise entry combined with a large food database (over 5 million foods). The app comes with a barcode scanner to see the nutrition info for your favorite foods. Calorie Counter also includes over 350 exercises and allows you to track both cardio and strength training, including sets and reps. This app connects with over 50 devices and apps including Fitbit, Jawbone UP, Garmin, MapMyFitness, Runkeeper, Strava, Runtastic, Misfit, Withings, Healthkit, and more! Available for: Android, iPhone
Noom Coach uses the three-color traffic light system to keep you aware and accountable. Just classify your food into Great (green), OK (yellow), Bad (red) categories and off you go. Eat an apple, and you log a green. A coke or candy is red. Not sure what color or size? Then look it up in the Food Search. As soon as you’ve logged a meal, Calorific will give your day a star rating that you can use this to improve your next meal. Other Noom Products include Noom Walk and Noom Cardio which can be found in the app store. Available for: Android, iPhone
SparkPeople offers a range of mobile resources to help you to lose weight and get in shape. The Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker includes over 3 million foods (with optional meal plans), a fitness tracker with calories burned, and detailed weight & calorie reports. The app includes hundreds of exercise demonstration, a barcode scanner, quick glance home screen, and much more! The Healthy Recipes app lets you browse and search thousands of recipes, plus save your favorites. Each recipe includes calories, fat, and more. Available for: Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad
Waterlogged helps you to drink more water and track your daily water intake. Available for: iPhone
Apps to get you up and moving.
The NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute developed this popular BMI Calculator. BMI is a reliable indicator of total body fat, which is related to the risk of disease and death. This mobile application provides results right on your phone along with links to healthy weight resources on the NHLBI Web site. Available for: iPhone
The Cross Fit Travel Workouts of the Day application includes over 120 CrossFit Workout of the Day (WOD) workouts for you to use while you're on the road traveling. All workouts assume that you are in a location without access to workout equipment and, with the exception of running workouts, can be done in a small workout area. Available for: Android
Daily Yoga is a series of Yoga exercises to train different parts of your body. Daily Yoga for Back Buildup includes back muscles and fit figure building routines with an average 10-minute training duration. Demonstration animation and detailed instructions are provided to guide you. Available for: Android
Endomondo lets you use your mobile or Garmin device whenever you run, walk, bike or do any other outdoor sport across a distance. Endomondo automatically tracks your route together with your distance, end time, average speed, split time, calories burned, and more. Available for a number of operating systems and manufacturers including navigation devices. Available for: Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows
Keep tabs on your ticker with Instant Heart Rate. This app requires no external hardware and its accuracy is independently tested by nurses, MDs, EMTs and fitness coaches. Available for: Android, iPhone, Windows
Pocket Yoga guides you through three different yoga practice styles with three difficulty levels. Detailed voice and visual instructions guide you through every pose, including each inhalation and exhalation. Available for: iPhone
RockMyRun, as featured by Hoda on the Today Show, provides amazing, DJ engineered mixes designed specifically for running and working out that can automatically sync the music to your body! Use the exclusive myBeat™ technology to change the energy level of the mixes to be in tune with your body at no cost. RockMyRun lets you sort and filter playlists on criteria like workout length, beats per minute, and clean or explicit lyrics. Available for: Android, iPhone
RunKeeper uses GPS to track your fitness activities, including distance, time, pace, calories, heart rate, and path traveled on a map. RunKeeper also provides audio cues, customized interval workouts, manual entry for treadmill and other cardio equipment, integrated RunKeeper FitnessClasses and no advertising. Available for: Android, iPhone
Apps to help you relax and stay healthy.
Brethe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing exercises have been documented to help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Available for: Android, iPhone
CareZone helps you to keep you own medical information organized while also making it easier to to stay organized and effective when caring for a parent, child, or someone in need. From your computer, smartphone or tablet you can safely organize files, contacts, and medications, and coordinate with family and other caregivers using a shared calendar and journal. By using CareZone's reminders, you'll never forget to take your medicine or run out of a prescription again. CareZone is easy to use-no need to type in medicine names and dosages, just take a picture of your prescription bottle and the details are automatically imported. Check out more features here. Click to receive a one-time SMS to download the app. Available for: Android, iPhone
Use Find a Health Center to find a federally-funded health center. These centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers are in most cities and many rural areas. Type in a ZIP code and click the ‘Find Centers’ button to find health centers near you. Available for: Android, iPhone, Mobile Browsers
Glucose Buddy will help you to stay on top of your diabetes. This app has been featured in Wired Magazine, Diabetes Health, and American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Forecast Magazine. Available for: iPhone
Health Hotlines is a directory of organizations with toll-free telephone numbers. It is derived from DIRLINE, the National Library of Medicine’s Directory of Information Resources Online. This database contains descriptions of almost 9,000 biomedical organizations and resources. Available for: iPhone
With HealthTap Express, you'll quickly find answers to your health questions and connect with top doctors. Ask health questions and get quick answers from over 9,000 leading U.S.-licensed physicians – anytime, anywhere, for free! When you find doctors you like, you can call them directly and make appointments for your own in-personal care. Available for: Android, iPhone
Created by to ER docs, iTriage help you answer the questions: “What medical condition could I have?” and “Where should I go for treatment?” It also lets you save, easily access, and share the healthcare information most important to you. Available for: Android, iPhone
Never forget to take your medicine again with Mango Health. As featured in Self and on NPR, Mango Health allows you to schedule healthy habits, including taking your medication on time, recording your weight, checking your blood pressure, and more. The app will alert you when it's time to take your medicine or follow through with one of your healthy habits. Mango Health also provides important information about your medications, including drug interactions and potential side effects. Available for: Android, iPhone
QuitGuide is a free application that was developed by MMG, Inc. for the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This guide was written by tobacco control professionals and cessation counselors with the help of ex-smokers and experts. It can help you prepare to quit smoking and support you in the days and weeks after you quit. It also describes what problems you can expect when you quit smoking. Being prepared can help you through the hard times. Available for: iPhone
With the OSHA Heat Index Safety Tool you can calculate the heat index for your worksite and will display a risk level for outdoor workers. The app also provides recommended precautions to prevent heat illness. Available for: iPhone
PTSD Coach was designed for Veterans and military Service Members who have, or may have, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This app provides users with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help users manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD. Tools range from relaxation skills and positive self-talk to anger management and other common self-help strategies. Users can customize tools based on their preferences and can integrate their own contacts, photos, and music. This app can be used by people who are in treatment as well as those who are not. PTSD Coach was created by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD and DoD’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology. Also see PTSD Coach ONLINE for desktop use: choose from 17 tools. Available for: Android, iPhone
The Rock ClockTM is a motivational alarm clock from Project Rock. Simply enter a personal goal and your morning alarm. Each day you'll wake up with a new message from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The Rock Clock features exclusive video messages and 25 custom alarm tones created by The Rock. Available for: Android, iPhone
WebMD helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD's Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information, and Local Health Listing. The app also gives you access to first aid information without having to be connected wirelessly - critical if you don't have Internet access in the time of need. Available for: Android, iPhone