Top 10 Nutrition & Fitness Apps


Good health and fitness are a priority in most people’s lives but, with busy lives and work deadlines, gym is not always flexible with jam-packed schedules. Finding time to go to a dietician or nutritionist, then sticking to a set eating plan can also be tricky without a reminder. Luckily, with technology and the wonderful world of apps, maintaining good health and fitness is just a download away. Here are our top picks when it comes to nutrition and fitness apps!

apps1Nike+ Training Club

Offering more than 100 workouts put together by the Nike master trainers, you can forget about paying an extra fee at the gym for a personal trainer. You have the option to choose your specific fitness goals – no matter what fitness level you’re at, there’s a workout perfect for you. From getting lean and toned to strong and whatever else you want, easy-to-follow workout plans coupled with video tutorials make it even simpler for beginners.

Compatibility: Available on iOS and Android

Cost: Free

MyFitnessPal

Keep track of your calorie intake with this easy-to-use app. All you have to do is log your meal by searching brand name foods on the MyFitnessPal’s vast database where most meals already exist. For meals not on the base, log in the recipe and the app will calculate the approximate nutritional information. The more you use the app, the more accustomed it becomes with your diet and it will start automatically saving your favourite foods that can be added to a list of your daily intake.

Compatibility: Available on iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Fitbit

This app can count your steps, given that you carry your phone with you all day – this is particularly useful for those that use track their steps as a health measure for better blood circulation or general well-being. The app can also track your calorie intake and record your health information such as blood pressure and glucose levels. You can set your weight and fitness goals and the app will track your progress. For the fun of it, you can compete with friends by sharing progress stats and joining fitness challenges!

Compatibility: Available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Web

Cost: Free

7 Minute Workout

This app is best for those with extremely tight schedules who hardly have time for gym. You might as well cancel your gym membership and utilise this brilliant app that gives you well-rounded workout plans in just minutes. You can set reminders and voice commands to ensure that you never miss a workout. Set your goals, track your progress, earn health-related rewards and share your success on social media! No Internet access is needed and you can sync your devices for more efficiency and accessibility.

Compatibility: Available on iOS and Android

Cost: Free but offers in-app purchases

Fooducate

Ever go grocery shopping but have no idea what the nutritional label actually means? Fooducate helps you understand nutritional labels and allows you to pull up information about the food products from the barcodes. You can also use the app to track your calorie intake and your exercise routines. You can personalise the app according to your age, gender, height and health needs, all while learning how to eat for your health requirements.

Compatibility: Available on iOS and Android

Cost: Free but offers in-app purchases

Nike+ Running

This app tracks your runs and helps you reach your goals, which is perfect if you’re training for a marathon. From first time runners to marathon pros, the app measures your route and motivates you to run further and faster. From training programmes to daily workouts, everything you need to be race-ready is provided. You can measure your progress by the kilometre with the in-run audio feedback feature included. For a competitive edge, you can map your run and compare your progress with other runners.

Compatibility: Available on iOS and Android

Cost: Free

MINDBODY Connect

Sure, gym or exercise in the comfort of your own home can be great and all, but sometimes you need to break your routine with other fitness methods such as yoga, Zumba or Pilates. Why not diversify your fitness methods by trying out different fitness classes? MINDBODY Connect helps you discover all the fun and different workout classes that are happening near you. You can book a class with a fitness centre using the app and have it automatically synced to your calendar and added to your favourites.

Compatibility: Available on iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Strava Running & Cycling

Join a community of athletes from around the world with the Strava app. The app allows you to track your runs and rides while assisting you to analyse and quantify your performance. With added motivation and camaraderie, riding and running will become nothing short of a joy. You can also compete and connect with other riders and runners on the Strava community, making the experience all the more fulfilling.

Compatibility: Available on iOS and Android

Cost: Free but offers in-app purchases

Yoga.com Studio

With 289 poses and breathing exercises all shown in HD video, yoga has never been more delightful to practice. The app allows you to search for poses by skill level, fitness goals or by type of pose. Programmes and poses on the app library are all in HD video, making it user-friendly for all skill levels, particularly beginners. Users can also add their own poses, variations and custom programmes to suit their specific goals and needs.

Compatibility: Available on iOS and Android

Cost: R54.99 on iOS and Free on Android, offering in-app purchases

Mango Health

This app features reminders on when to take medication, how to build healthy habits such as tracking your steps, weight or blood pressure, keeps record of your health history and rewards you for sticking to your health routine. Another very useful element is the drug interaction information that warns and informs you on which medication, supplements or foods are potentially dangerous or complementary to use together. Smart, hey?

Compatibility: Available on iOS and Android

Cost: Free but offers in-app purchases

By Cleopatra Shava

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