11 Health And Fitness Apps That Achieve Top Results

By: Jennifer Cohen


It’s 2015. It’s time to take your future and your health into your own hands. No, literally. Fitness and nutrition is now readily available at the touch of a button thanks to the numerous health and exercise apps available for your smart phone. But with hundreds of thousands out there to choose from, it’s hard to be motivated to pick one, let alone actually put it to use. Not to fear. Here are the top 11 hand-selected health and fitness apps proven to be the most effective in terms of execution and, of course, results.

1. Cody

It’s like Facebook for fitness. Cody offers users inside connections to a fitness community where they can share and complete workouts by following new and old friends. This app allows people to track their own progress through a timeline and other users can like and comment on your daily workout activity. So, all you gym goers that like to videotape each other working out daily can congregate in one place!

Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

2. Hot5 Fitness

Hot5 Fitness app offers high quality step-by-step workouts led by the top trainers in the industry. From abs and core to yoga and flexibility and everything in between, Hot5 contains pages and pages of 5-minute video workouts of every variety and difficulty level. Whether you’re looking for a quick 5-minute core blasting after a long run or a full 45-minute yoga session in your hotel room, this app offers something for everyone. It is incredibly simple to use with a beautifully designed and user-friendly interface. Even the least tech savvy person will be able to navigate this app in no time. Best part? No WiFi needed! You can literally do it anywhere.

Cost: Free for limited use or 2.99/ month for unlimited access. Available for iOS.

To download, click here.

3. Pact

For those who value money as incentive, this one’s for you. Formerly known as GymPact, this app encourages users to put their money where their mouth is. Users pledge a set number of days they plan to workout that week along with an amount of money they must put up. Users must pay for each day they miss, but they get paid every time they complete a workout. Pact now features the option to connect with other tracking apps. A nutritional option is now available, too. Commit to eating healthy or pay the consequences.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

4. Carrot Fit

If you’re not into all the fluff and puff, this may be a good option for you. But be aware, this app is not for the feint of heart. Think less cheerleader, more fitness drill sergeant. A judgmental weight tracker, this CARROT character dishes out harsh criticisms to those wanting to drop pounds. With thick sarcasm and motivational smack talk, users must drop a pound to learn new workout tips. While it may not come free (it costs 2.99), carrot does promise that losing weight will ‘suck so much less.’

Cost: $2.99. Available for iOS.

5. Human

For those seeking a more casual approach to exercise, this might be further up your alley. Human simply encourages you to reach your “Daily 30”—30 minutes of physical activity—whatever that may be for you. Whether it’s running, dancing, or doing jumping jacks, all that matters is that you are being active for 30 consecutive minutes at a time. Human will track your movements and let you know when you’ve achieved your goal for the day.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

6. Moves

This one serves as a reminder that all those little steps add up. This pedometer tracks your day, minute by minute, and gives you a summary of all your movements, steps, stairs, and even pedals. It calculates your calories burned and presents it as an easy to read timeline to keep things simple and distraction free.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

7. LoseIt

This one basically does all the work for you. (Well, maybe not ALL the work). It does create a specific weight loss plan custom for you and your busy life, though. Think of it as having a personal trainer and nutritionist at your disposal at all times. Just plug in your weight loss and general health goals, et voila! Not only does it track your calories, it gives you a barcode scanner to get more specific with what you are consuming, focusing more on nutritional value in addition to just calorie intake. It connects to other apps and devices as well to make it extra handy.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS, Android, Nook, and Kindle.

8. Noom Weight Loss Coach

Noom combines a pedometer and a nutritional coach into one. It allows the user to log meals and workouts, while it simultaneously counts your steps throughout the day. Not only does it offer positive encouragement, but it sends you wellness articles as well as nutritional recipes to keep you on track and away from boredom. The food in the database is all color coded, teaching the user which foods are healthy and which foods are not so much.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

9. Healthy Out

Want to enjoy a night out without the guilt? Now you can. Healthy Out gives you nutritional labels and healthy options at all of your favorite restaurants. Find your restaurant and then specify your restriction or nutritional need, whether it be fat free, gluten free, heart healthy, or a specific diet like Atkins or Paleo. This app can suggest modifications to dishes or break down the calories, carbs, fat etc.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

To download, click here.

10. Zipongo

We know how expensive it can be to eat healthy. This app is perfect for those wanting to eat clean on a budget. It alerts the user of digital coupons and weekly in-store items on sale to help keep your diet and your wallet on track. It also has a database of ‘GO foods’ that are recommended for their vitamins and nutrients.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

11. Mindshift

Mindshift is a health coach app designed to offer people struggling with anxiety a way out. Both adults and teens alike can learn from their strategies and advice about coping with anxiety in both social and professional situations. It aims to change the way the user thinks about anxiety. Instead of trying to run from the situation, you can learn to face it.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

To download, click here.

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