Top 5 Health Apps to keep in 2020

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Apps come and go quicker than the wind these days. For every app idea I’ve ever proudly spouted at dinner parties there are 1000 alternatives available. The home screen on my iPhone is like a grave yard of good intentions. Apps I downloaded hoping to simplify my life or make some process or transaction quicker and easier. In truth, there are only a handful of apps that have true staying power.

In recent times health has found itself at the top of the agenda. With Vegan options exploding, new diet books and fitness tech hitting the shelves daily, it can be difficult to navigate through the seemingly healthy lifestyle options. So I have scoured the internet and drawn on my own experience and drafted a list of my top 5 health apps for 2020.

  1. 1. My Fitness Pal

This is the age old: ‘Oldie but a goodie’. Why fix what is not broken. This app is consistently at or near the top of the iTunes list of health and fitness apps. It is essentially a tracker. Users are pushed to keep a close eye on their diet programmes with the use of a simple but extensive database, that offers nutrition information for over 5 million different foods. It can be used to count calories, monitor intake or simply support your diet goals.

  1. 2. Fitbit Coach

Wearable health tech has been dominated by the fitbit. Its low price, combined with sleek design and simplicity, makes it a fitness favourite. Now you can use this handy app to track your vitals throughout your busy day and during your workouts. I found that using the fitbit often made people want to be more active. It provided more incentive to use the stairs or walk instead of driving etc. The app provides guided video and audio workouts, designed for the gym, home or outdoors. It can also give personalised recommendations and goals based on your own tracked fitness data.

  1. 3. Nike Training Club

Those who appreciate presentation will love this. Its slick and well presented, but then we expect nothing less from Nike. The Nike Training Club App brings you a huge array of workouts for all fitness levels—plus the Nike Performance Council’s tips on training, nutrition, mindset, recovery and sleep. There are over 180 workouts, which include strength training, yoga and more. The extra bonus, is these are also brought to you by Nike Athletes and personalities such as Christiano Ronaldo and Kevin Hart.

  1. 4. Freeletics

This app is for those craving an escape from the gym and the traditional treadmill and dumbbell prison. Freeletics offers personalised coaching, helping you to train anywhere at any time. They claim to create completely personalised programmes based on your own health and fitness goals, whether its weight loss, to build muscle or simply improve your general fitness. Like all good trainers and fitness programmes they have some pretty astonishing testimonials. So if you want to trade the gym for a digital trainer and personalised high intensity training programmes then this may be the app for you.

  1. 5. Mindfulness

If your day is jam-packed, you lack focus and/or clarity of thought then this may be the app for you. Stress and poor sleep has been linked with all kinds of health related problems including overeating, depression, poor sleep, heart disease, high blood pressure etc. So the earlier you pick up good habits the better. The mindfulness app offers timed meditation courses ranging from three to thirty minute sessions. There are built in reminders and session tracking to motivate you to stick with it. I have friends and colleagues who speak highly of meditation and its ability to improve their focus. I have recently started using this, and will certainly continuing this one.

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