Wellness

5 Must-Use Health Apps for Your iPhone

October 11, 2016

As of last week, I officially entered the 21st century by upgrading my iPhone 5 to an iPhone 7 Plus. It was like going from a palm pilot to Mars overnight.

Want to keep yourself on track and embrace a healthy lifestyle? Here are some must-use health apps to help you stick to your goals and stay healthy.

Besides a back-up of my endless supply of selfies and puppy pics, the most important transfer from iPhone to iPhone was my apps. Thank you cloud upgrade for making sure I didn’t have to go through the process of re-downloading all of them.

And no, this post isn’t sponsored by Apple. Though Apple, if you’re listening, holla at yo girl!

I’m learning to respect better boundaries with my phone and when it’s the right time to turn it off, but there’s also no disputing it’s value in my life. It allows me to stay in touch with my friends and family, stalk you on Instagram and stay on track with my healthy habits.

My apps are my lifeline. But I mean this literally. I use my phone to help me maintain my wellness goals and practices so I don’t crumble to pieces, become an insomniac hot mess or slather my body with pesticides. I’m not using my phone to track calories or minimize some not-so-favorable habits, but instead to encourage better ones that make me full like a more whole human…Or occasionally to get a grip on why I’m acting like a whacked out hormonal b*tch.

So with that, here are 5 Must- Use Health and Wellness Apps for your iPhone:

The Health App

You know the little pink heart app that comes with your phone? It’s actually quite useful. And even more so since the iOS upgrade. I use this app for 2 reasons:

1. As a step-counter – now I don’t believe that 10,000 steps is some holy grail number, but it is a great reminder on days when I’ve been a bit too sedentary to get up and get moving. I talked about it to The THM Tribe during #Move30 and it was awesome to hear you guys using it to get in more activity!

2. As an emergency contact– I’m a paranoid freak who is convinced that just stepping outside will kill me, so having a way for first responders to identify and contact my emergency person legit helps me sleep at night. They’re able to get this info without needing the password into your phone so if I’m lying unconscious they know how to reach C.

The Bedtime App

This is a new feature in the upgraded iOS (you’ll find it under clock) and I am actually in love. I’m not a night-owl or a morning person, which means I really could just sleep forever. But sometimes I’m guilty of staying up too late or sleeping in way too late. In this app you can set the amount of hours you need for sleep, the time you want to wake up and it will set an alarm whenever you choose based on the time that you’ll need to get that full amount. I have it set so 30 mins before what is my should-be bedtime, I get a notification to get the heck to sleep. Works like a charm!

Clue

Remember that whacked out hormonal bitch? It’s always nice to know when she’ll rear her ugly head. This app is a life-saver for my ladies out there who want to dig a bit deeper into their menstrual cycle. I initially started using it to track my acne and see if there was a pattern (there is), but now I’m a total addict. Everything from sleep, to acne to bathroom trouble, this app will track your entire cycle for you from start to finish.

Insight Timer

I have a love-hate relationship with this app. Love because I SHOULD use it everyday and hate because I DON’T. I’ve tried a lot of meditation apps and I find this one to be the best one, have the most selection and it’s FREE! If you’re looking to develop a better meditation regimen, I highly recommend this app.

EWG’s Healthy Living App

This is for my green beauty freaks out there. Developed by the Environment Working Group, you can scan any bath and beauty product out there and it will tell you what’s in it and how it ranks in terms of toxicity. A lot of ingredients can look scary but are harmless or can look harmless but are actually scary. This app will clear all those terms up for you so you can feel more confident with what you’re putting on your body.

So tell me – What health apps do you use on your iPhone? Any apps you can’t live without?

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    Kayla
    October 11, 2016 at 9:29 am

    I love the health app! Living in NYC it’s a nice reminder that even if I didn’t get a full workout in, chances are I’ve walked 5+ miles just from living my daily life.

    I haven’t updated my phone yet, but ironically I’ve had a bedtime alarm set for over a year now. It’s my “stop mindlessly watching House Hunters and go brush your teeth” reminder

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    Ashley @ The Small Town Foodie
    October 11, 2016 at 10:21 am

    So many apps I’ve never heard of! I’m excited to check them out. I love “Think Dirty.” It’s like EWG’s Healthy Living App, but just for beauty products. You can make lists, like “My Bathroom Shelf” and it’ll give you ratings, ingredient lists, and better options.

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    Kelsey
    October 11, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Making a list to download today! I do love the new Bedtime feature on the iOS update! I also love the SleepCycle app – it makes you set a range of when you want to wake up and then wakes you at the right time in your sleep cycle. I don’t know if it works 100% of the time, but I do notice the difference from when I don’t use it! I’m also loving Headspace right now, but I’ll have to look into Insight if I don’t want to pay for the subscription! I have an Apple Watch (!!) en route to me at the moment, so I’m excited to use more of the Health app!

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    Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It
    October 11, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I currently use P Tracker, but now I think I’ll switch to Clue because it seems like a more reliable app! These are all great, thanks for sharing lovely!! 🙂

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    Dani @ Dani California Cooks
    October 11, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I love my fitbit and app!

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    Hillary
    October 12, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Just downloaded the Clue app, thanks to you. It is a MAJOR upgrade than the period app I was using. THANKS!

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      Hillary
      October 12, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      **from the (geeze, terrible English!)

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        Davida @ The Healthy Maven
        October 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

        All good! Totally didn’t notice haha. Glad you like it! I’m blown away by its capabilities and that it’s FREE!!

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    Sam @ Hygge Wellness (fmr Barrister's Beet)
    October 13, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Love your post! I also try to use my iPhone as something that supplements my healthy lifestyle. Love the new bedtime feature! I actually realized I was oversleeping by using it because it makes it so easy to see how many hours of sleep you’re scheduled to get. I also use Headspace, the Whole Foods app, an allergy/allergen tracker from Zyrtec (lol.. Jewish girl from NJ here!!), and Spotify to create playlists for workouts. Oh – and I always have some good podcasts on hand for a relaxing walk or drive : )

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      October 14, 2016 at 10:01 am

      hahahahaha I LOVE it I literally check the allergy report daily. Ragweed has been KILLING me this fall!

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    October 17, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I just got an iPhone 6 (had an Android Samsung before that), and I was looking to downloading some great new apps now that I’m IOS compatible and that I’ll have more storage capacity. Thanks for this post, I never would have thought there are some very practical and really useful apps, I’ll download these (especially looking forward to the Bedtime App (I’m a night owl, so the reminder to get to bed will be very welcome!), Clue !! and the free meditation app! I’ve signed up for the Headspace free trial but life got in the way and I couldn’t try it :-/ Can’t wait to make meditation part of my daily routine! Thanks for the great list Davida!

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    Kara
    November 3, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I have not found a health app that works for my needs just yet and unfortunately I have an android. I am going to try the Clue app though, it sounds like its just what I need. Thank you!!

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