During the first quarter of 2020, health and fitness apps were downloaded 593 million times. In the same quarter of the previous year, apps for a healthy lifestyle were downloaded only 488 million times. This increase is largely due to the global coronavirus pandemic which has caused consumers to stay at home and restructure their exercise regimen and general lifestyle practices.Different experts made a list of the best mobile apps for a healthy lifestyle in 2020.
MyFitnessPal – Calorie Counter
Rating: App Store: 4.7, Google Play: 4.4
MyFitnessPal is the world’s most popular health and fitness app. Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, get healthy, change your habits, or start a new diet, you’ll love MyFitnessPal. The app has the biggest food database, barcode scanner, recipe importer, and calorie counter. It automatically calculates the calories in your foods, meals, and recipes. You can easily track all nutrients – calories, fat, protein, carbs, sugar, fiber, cholesterol, vitamins, and customize your diary – log breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks or create your own meals. It can be used for water tracking as well.
Fitbit – Health & Fitness
Rating: App Store: 4.1, Google Play: 3.7
Fitbit is one of the world’s leading apps for health and fitness. It is a free app that tracks your day and progress over time, helps you find free workouts, nutrition programs, meditation tracks, sleep tools and more. Works with all Fitbit trackers, smartwatches, smart scales, and other Fitbit products that help you stay motivated and improve your health by tracking your activity, exercise, food, weight, and sleep. See how small moves add up by using your smartphone to track steps and distance. Or pair with a Fitbit tracker or smartwatch to see all-day stats like steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and active minutes.
Calm – Meditate, Sleep, Relax
Rating: App Store: 4.7, Google Play: 4.2
Calm is the #1 app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. Join the millions experiencing better sleep, lower stress, and less anxiety with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music. Calm is recommended by top psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users. Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 minutes so you can choose the perfect length to fit with your schedule.
Strava – Track Running, Cycling & Swimming
Rating: App Store: 4.3, Google Play: 4.4
Whether you’re training for a marathon or simply love taking your bike out for a ride, turn your smartphone or GPS watch into a sophisticated tracker with Strava. It doesn’t stop with running or cycling, you can track a whole range of sports with Strava: swim, hike, Crossfit, gym training, kayak, rock climb, surf, yoga, and many more! There are 3 ways to train smarter with Strava: track and analyze (get key stats like distance, pace, speed, elevation gained, and calories burned); new routes and maps (mix up your training with the world’s largest trail network); challenge and compete (push yourself with monthly challenges and compete with others).
Headspace – Meditation & Sleep
Rating: App Store: 4.9, Google Play: 4.7
Headspace is your guide to mindfulness for your everyday life. Learn meditation and mindfulness skills from world-class experts like Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe, and choose from hundreds of guided meditations on everything from managing stress and anxiety to sleep, focus, and mind-body health. Build your practice your way with meditations for every experience level and lifestyle — including short, 3-minute sessions that fit seamlessly into a busy schedule.
Komoot — Cycling & Hiking Maps
Rating: App Store: 4.8, Google Play: 4.6
Komoot is the key to the outdoors. Just plan your hiking, road cycling, or mountain bike adventures in the planner, and be guided along every trail, track, road, or path – even when you’re offline. Track your rides and hikes with GPS. Add photos, highlights, and tips, and build your own personal adventure log that’ll store your favorite experiences—forever. Save them for private use or share them with the Komoot community to receive likes and comments and to inspire fellow outdoor folks. Follow your friends and like-minded explorers to keep up with their outdoor adventures.
Freeletics Training Coach – Bodyweight & Mindset
Rating: App Store: 4.6, Google Play: 4.1
Europe’s #1 fitness app lets you work out anytime, anywhere with the best digital personal trainer - no gym required. Whatever your fitness level, achieve your goals quickly and build healthy habits with personalized HIIT workouts, and audio coaching. Losing weight, gaining muscle, or improving your fitness has never been so simple. The free version of the app contains 20 HIIT bodyweight workouts, 25 exercises, 20 audio sessions, workout spots, and a community of millions.