Smartphones are generally not considered fitness devices. With constant reminders and distractions from our ever evolving social and work life, technology can be a hindrance when it comes to healthy living.
But Apple’s iOS 8 Health app and HealthKit platform provides users with a centralised location to store and share their health data between apps. From tracking your calories to what you eat or how far you run, here are five of our top picks.
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
MyFitnessPal; Health & Fitness; Free
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker is an elegantly designed, easy to use app with everything you need to reach your weight loss goals. The app uses a database containing over four million foods to track how many calories you intake, and tells your how many you need to burn to reach your goal. It’s simple to personalise with the app providing meal summary options and saving your favourite exercises.
MotionX 24/7: Sleeptracker
MotionX; Medical; $1.29
If you’re always struggling for a good night’s rest, MotionX’s 24/7: Sleeptracker might be able to help. The app measures your resting heart rate to wake you up at the optimum time. According to the company, its app is within 95 percent accuracy of professional sleep monitors used in sleep clinics. Your sleep history can be shared with the iOS HealthKit.
Jawbone; Health & Fitness; Free
Jawbone released its standalone UP app, which allows users to track their fitness, nutrition and sleep without Jawbone devices. The data is sourced form other apps in HealthKit. UP has a plethora of customisable features to attract nearly every iPhone user.
Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
Yummly; Food & Drink; Free
Yummly is a godsend for foodies who are nutrition conscious. You can search for recipes by holiday, cuisine, taste, diet, nutrition, allergy, cook time and technique. The database of recipes can also make shopping lists. Recipe nutrition value and calories can then be shared with the Health app after the meal is made.
WebMD; Health & Fitness; Free
The loved and hated WebMD is conveniently available on your iPhone with its symptom checker and extensive library of health content and tools. Its newest feature Healthy Target suns with HealthKit and uses data from varies apps to users with physician-reviewed information and tips.