If you’re interested in health and fitness, you’re going to love this list. Nowadays we have apps for taking our heart rate, tracking our macros, mapping our runs, telling us all about health and wellness, and keeping track of how many steps we take. Here, we look at the best health apps for iPhone. Which ones do you want to try next?
The best health apps for iPhone
12 May 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
The WebMD app for iPhone gives user interactive tools, physician-reviewed health content, and healthy living information. It offers both utility and content derived from over five years of user feedback. Thea pp features Healthy Target, a health improvement program that takes your health data from your wireless scale, activity tracker, blood pressure monitor, and/or glucometer and keeps it all in one place. You’ll get WebMD content and insights to help you make and sustain healthy habits. You also get Symptom Checker, first aid essentials, current info on medicine, and local health listings. This really is a well-rounded health app.
- Symptoms Checker
- Medication reminders
- Healthy Living
- Free health app for iPhone
Cardiio (yes, it has two “i”s) measures your heart rate and helps you learn how those numbers relate to your health, how to use those numbers to perform the most effective workouts for certain goals, and helps you to track your progress. This is a cool app because you can measure your HR the usual way, with your finger on the camera and flash, or you can hold your iPhone in front of you and it measures the amount of blood at the surface of the skin of your face, and tells you your heart rate based on that information. You can then calculate your endurance score, see how your HR measures against famous athletes and people from other countries, and more.
- New way to measure your heart rate
- Get a fitness level rating
- See how your HR compares to famous athletes
- Figure out how many calories you’ve burned (Pro feature)
- Free with in-app purchases to upgrade
Do you drink enough water? Waterlogged is an app that is here to keep track of how much water you drink and to remind you to drink more when you’re not drinking enough. This one ties in to Apple Health, Fitbit, and other apps that are compatible so you don’t have to log it more than once. You don’t even have to input how much you’ve drank; all you have to do is use photos of your favorite containers. You don’t have to stick to units of measurement, either: if one glass is 8oz, your bottle is 900mL, and your jug is 1.5L, that’s totally fine.
- Keep track of the water you drink
- Link to Fitbit, Apple Health, MFP, and more (Premium feature)
- Get reminders when you’re behind on your water intake (Premium feature)
- Mix units of measurement as much as you want
- Free with in-app purchase to upgrade
Get free health advice each day and start living that healthy lifestyle you have always wanted. Schedule a daily alarm to check the tip, works online or offline, all tips are provided by a credentialed medical professional, tips range from basic to complex, and the tips are meant for educational purposes and not as medical advice. Get the first 30 days of tips for free. After that, you will have to make an in-app purchase for the remaining tips. There are over 500 tips in total.
- Get daily health tips
- Over 500 health tips available
- First 30 tips are free, Set daily alarm
- Tips are for educational purposes only
- In-app purchase for additional tips
Pacer is an app meant to track your steps all day long, record your active time, keeps track of your distance, and calculates calories burned. You can carry your iPhone in your pocket, purse, bag, or wear it on your belt, and it will work the same. It also uses GPS to track your outdoor activities on a map. You don’t need any equipment. Just download the app, choose your avatar, and start. You don’t even need to register or log in. You can create walking groups with your family and friends, connect with friends who also have the app, and more. It syncs your calories and steps with MyFitnessPal, sends data to Apple Health, and supports Apple Watch. There are so many features here, it’s hard to mention them all in a short little synopsis, so check it out.
- Lose weight and get in shape
- Track all of your activity
- Syncs with Apple Health and MyFitnessPal
- Get started for free
- In-app subscription for premium features
MyFitnessPal is one of the best, easiest, faster calorie counter apps available for the iPhone. You get a ton of features for free, and it syncs with pretty much any other amazing fitness app you can think of, like Fitbit, MapMyFitness, Runkeeper, and more than 50 others. There’s a recipe importer, a huge database of food, and even a built-in step tracker for those people who don’t have a separate activity tracker device. It tracks your water intake, food, cardio, strength training exercises, and weight. It’s really a social media platform, too, in that you can post status updates, send people messages, add friends, and join groups. There’s also a MFP forum.If you want the premium features they are available via a monthly or yearly subscription.
- Get support from friends
- Receive personalized goals
- View charts of your progress
- Easily and quickly track water, exercise, weight, and food
- Free with in-app subscription for premium features
Pacifica is an app to help you deal with depression, anxiety, and stress by giving you tools based on relaxation, health, mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The app is meant to help you break the cycle of thoughts that cause those feelings using tools that address stress, anxiety, and depression. It will randomly ask you how you’re feeling, and you will have to reflect on that and choose your mood. This is a great tool. Features include a daily mood tracker, mindfulness and relaxation audio tools, thought analysis, daily challenges, a daily health tracker, and private groups. The app itself is free but full access requires a subscription.
- Deal holistically with depression, stress, and anxiety
- Daily mood tracker
- Private groups and public communities
- Daily health tracker
- Free with in-app subscription for full access
ShopWell aims to be your very own pocket personal nutritionist. It’s meant o help you shop smarter when you’re at the grocery store. You can use it to manage your weight, avoid allergies, and manage health conditions like high blood pressure, gluten intolerance, and diabetes. Just download the app, enter in any requirements, avoidances, and allergies for each person, and the app will create customized Nutrition Labels. If you connect Apple Health it will make sure your activity and stats are up-to-date as well. The Basket Score will tell you how a certain food ranks for your needs, and will make alternative suggestions that are available at your local store. You get an interactive chart, you can sync your loyalty cards from different stores, and get healthier!
- Personalize your grocery shopping experience for your needs
- Avoid ingredients you don’t want
- Learn about new foods
- Manage health concerns
- Free health app for iPhone
iTriage allows you to search for health answers regarding diseases, medications, and medical facilities. The app was created by two ER docs who wanted to give users access to a giant healthcare and medical database. You can search symptoms, find out causes, and find the most appropriate doctor, facility, or treatment for your condition. You can easily find any physician or doctor, or locate the nearest hospital, pharmacy, urgent care clinic, emergency room, or walk-in clinic. The database has thousands of medical symptoms, conditions, diseases, procedures, medications, and drugs for you to search.
- View your Personal Health Record
- Search and find any doctor, physician, hospital, pharmacy, or emergency room
- Thousands of symptoms, diseases, conditions, and medications in the database
- Medical content reviewed by Harvard Medical School
- Free health app for iPhone
Need some positivity in your life? Looking for encouragement to accomplish those health goals? PumpUp is just the app for you. There’s over 4 million people who have downloaded this app, creating a positive community that will aid in your journey to a healthier you. Share your goals, your journey, learn new workouts and exercises, learn new lifestyle tips, receive support and much more. This app will teach you, help you, support you in creating and living out a healthy lifestyle. There are in-app purchases for memberships.
- A massive community of positive members
- Learn new workouts, routines and exercises
- Share your goals and journey
- Search tool to find workouts easily
- In-app purchases for memberships