I think most of us have downloaded a number of health and wellness apps in hopes to manage stress, improve our sleep or organize workouts – but we end up deleting them a few days later. Either we forget about them, they are tricky to navigate, or they are simply not helpful.
However, there are a lot of gems out there, and I have found myself reaping the benefits of certain health apps much more than I thought I would. I have compiled a list of all of my favorite wellness apps, and determined which 3 deserve the most rave. Wondering which apps you might be missing out on? Read on!
iPhone Rating: 4.8 stars
Price: Free with in-app purchases
While there are a lot of great apps out there that can help with monitoring your menstrual cycle, this is the only FDA approved app that can be used as a form of contraception. Natural Cycles is a birth control app designed to predict your daily fertility status by pairing your basal body temperature with the unique pattern of your cycle. Each morning you take your temperature and input the data into the app. The app then provides you with your fertility status where “green days” indicate that you are infertile, and “red days” indicate that you have a higher chance of getting pregnant. If you are seeking a natural contraceptive, transitioning from hormonal contraceptives, or planning a pregnancy – this could be a great option for you!
iPhone Rating: 4.8 stars
Price: Free (Wearable Oura Ring – from $299)
I decided to give the Oura Smart Ring a go and it really surprised me. The ring falls into the category of wearable tracking devices, like a FitBit bracelet or smart watch. Oura tracks various metrics, like heart rate variability, body temperature, activity and breathing rate, and provides personal insight to help you handle your day in the healthiest way. The most powerful data in my view is the ring’s ability to analyze and track sleep. It has helped me identify which behavioural patterns have affected the quality of sleep, both positively and negatively. If you’re looking to improve an area of your life, you may find it beneficial to track your patterns. This awareness can help you identify things that work in your favor and things that don’t. Awareness is the first step.
iPhone Rating: 4.7 stars
This year, I took up running as a new hobby (this was a big deal – your girl doesn’t run). Starting a running routine is tough. At first, it can feel like you’re running through quicksand, but that’s where the Runkeeper app comes in. From its audio cues and virtual challenges, to its data collection and running insights, it functions as both your motivational pocket coach and progress tracker. It’s an encouraging app for beginners, providing basic run data to help you get into your new routine, but has straight-forward info runners at every skill level will appreciate.
Despite any health app’s ability to encourage a healthy lifestyle, they are not meant to take the place of a healthcare provider. It’s important to keep up with your in-person healthcare visits. During those visits, I encourage you to share the information from any health apps you use – this can help your healthcare practitioner work with you to manage your overall health.