You’d have to be living under a flip phone to not notice the growth of health apps in the App Store. Apple has partnered with some healthy-savvy app developers to create healthy apps that are more personal, more interactive and, frankly, more effective.
If you’re a yogi on the reg, you’ll love the variety of yoga workouts. And if you’re new to yoga , you too will love the variety. There are over 4,000 workouts ranging from five to 120 minutes, including yoga while traveling, yoga for fertility, sports-specific yoga and so much more. I recommend any session by Sara Clark. The NYC-based yogi’s voice is calming and her form is perfection.
2. Sweat With Kayla
You’ve likely come across a Kayla Itsines’s before and after testimonials on your Facebook feed. The Australian trainer has a cult following of dedicated clients. The do-anywhere exercises are all about HIIT , boosting the metabolism with quick and efficient workouts. You can also hook this app up on your Apple Watch, so you don’t have to keep checking your phone for the next move.
3. Beach Body on Demand
First there was P90X, and then there was Beachbody. Now there is Beachbody On Demand. This customizable workout program works with your Apple Watch to monitor your heart rate and caloric burn , and your iPhone to connect with the HealthKit app to update your health data.
The biggest complaint about fitness trackers I’ve heard from athletic friends is that they don’t accurately track swimming . This app addresses that. The Apple Watch’s motion sensor can determine the type of stroke you do and the distance and how many laps you do in a workout for bang-on data.
Want to chill instantly? This app guides your breathing to slow down your heart rate and your thoughts. But don’t take my word for it. It’s a top Apple app, with more than 11 million downloads and over 500,000 five-star reviews.
6. Jillian Michaels – Training and Meal Plans
You can watch Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser or you can hit up a GoodLife gym to take one of her BodyShred classes. But if you want a more one-on-one experience with the tough love trainer , download her app. The customizable workouts are built from more than 550 exercises. But the part of the app I’m excited about is the meal plans, which can be modified for meat, vegan and paleo diets.