Do you use your phone to help keep track of your health? We reviewed 10 of the best free health and fitness apps you need for a healthier and happier you.
|Swap It Don’t Stop It
Since around 61% of adult Australians are reportedly obese, the Australian Government developed this useful app to help us make healthier choices. It shows you how to make smarter food choices from swapping sweets for nuts, to getting more exercise in your day, along with ways to shop smart, save calories and even how to join local exercise classes. You can track your progress and set alerts to be remind you when it’s time to make a swap. Handy and informative.
|Allergy Free Entertaining
Throw a dinner party and the odds are several of your guests will have a food allergy, intolerance, or preference for certain foods. This app lets you find allergy-free alternatives to cater for everyone including those who are allergic to nuts, egg, soy or gluten intolerant. You’ll find helpful cooking advice, recipes and even a list of wines to match your meals.
This app lets you choose from more than 28,000 tried-and-tested recipes, collated from foodie publications such as Bon Appétit and Gourmet magazine, among others. Browse the popular recipe collections, search for a particular recipe, or find healthy quick and easy meals in a flash.
This app contains 110 delicious and healthy smoothie recipes. There’s even suggestions for making your own mocktails, and best of all, calorie content is included.
Whether you’re starting an exercise routine for the first time, or just want some workout inspiration, Fitness Builder can help. This app lets you choose from an impressive library of more than 5,600 exercise images and videos, or, you can even ask a personal trainer for helpful advice.
This app is like having a mini pedometer in your pocket. Launched by Australian charity 10,000 Steps, it keeps a tally of how much you move each day which you can sync to the website to keep track of your progress. Simple and motivating.
|Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by My Fitness Pal
Enter your age, gender, weight loss goals and this clever app will help you reach your weight loss goals in your requested time frame. It lets you keep a food diary, tracks the amount of exercise you do, and after all your hard work it tells you how much room for manoeuvre (such as a glass of wine) you have left at the end of the day. Addictive.
|Easy diet diary
According to a study at Wisconsin-Madison University, photographing your meals can help you keep your overall kilojoule count under control. Use your iPhone to record your meals, then upload them to this site to keep track of how much you’ve eaten (and drunk) each day.
Much more than an alarm clock, this app gently wakes you each morning to a summary of your sleep stats and the day’s weather report. You can even pair it with the Sleep Cycle alarm clock version: place your iPhone under your bottom sheet and the movement sensor will determine which sleep phase you’re in. Android users should try the Sleep app which is virtually the same and free too.
According to Lifeline, 93 per cent of Australians experience stress due to family, work, health and financial pressure. Use this app to see how you rate on the stress chart. Developed by clinical psychologists, it takes you through a series of stress check quiz, exploring different areas of in your life. These stressors are explained, along with helpful tips on how to reduce anxiety in those areas.