Fitness and health apps allow you to take your workouts and meal plans everywhere you go.

7 Health and Wellness Apps You Need Now

Chances are, at any given moment you have a health-related goal on your mind. Maybe you want to start running, lose 10 pounds, eat more vegetables, or watch less television. Maybe you have a habit you want to change, such as  smoking or drinking too much.

No matter what your goal, there is probably an app for it. Or, more likely, there 20 apps for it. Whether it’s physical health, fitness, mental health or general well-being, here are some of the top health and wellness apps to help you stay on track.

1. Workout Trainer

The Workout Trainer Fitness Pal from Skimble includes thousands of free workouts, which come with timed step-by-step audio and video instructions. Whether you want six-pack abs, are training for a race, or just want to get in shape, Workout Trainer has plenty of options to choose from. You can also build your own custom routine and share it online with Workout Trainer’s community, and choose from among those uploaded by your fellow fitness fans.

2. Runkeeper

As simple as the name suggests, the Runkeeper app from ASICS allows you to easily track your runs to monitor your performance. Used by an astonishing 50 million runners, Runkeeper allows you to tap into a running community to access workouts, training tips, and more.

3. My Fitness Pal

An all around weight loss helpmate, My Fitness Pal allows you to scan barcodes and find out a food’s ingredients, calories, and nutrition information. It also allows you to track your calorie consumption, daily exercise, and pounds lost.

4. Meditation Studio

Get zen fast with Meditation Studio, one of a number of good apps available to help you start a meditation practice. The app’s library of guided meditations covers topics including stress, pain, concentration, sleep, and positive mood.

5. Meal Pal

You head off to work with every intention to eat a healthy lunch, then get stuck in a meeting and end up grabbing a handful of snacks. Sound familiar? Avoid this trap with Mealpal, which helps you plan out what you’re going to eat ahead of time and find a restaurant that fits your needs.

6. Couch to 5K

Thinking of training for your first running event? There’s no better app than Active’s Couch to Couch to 5K running app, which gives you a nine-week training plan of just 20 to 30 minutes of fitness training a day. When you’ve achieved your goal, there’s 5K to 10K to take you to the next level.

7. Sober Grid

Connecting with a sobriety community is a key source of support when you’re trying to stop drinking or using drugs. With access to 24/7 peer support and counseling, Sober Grid is a useful tool to help you be part of a mobile sobriety community.


Melanie Haiken writes about health, wellness and fitness for national magazines and websites. She specializes in discovering and reporting the latest research on diet, nutrition, fitness, weight loss and other health-related topics. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Fitness, Shape, Health, Forbes, and other respected magazines. She also contributes health stories to numerous Kaiser Permanente newsletters and other publications.