Technology has made tracking your healthy habits super simple, and since the FlexCare staff is an active group, and many are already preparing for this year’s Eppie’s Great Race, we thought we would share our staff picks for favorite health and wellness apps.
MyFitnessPal by Under Armour
Recommended by: Jennifer D., recruitment; Natalie P., recruitment; Alicia K., recruitment; Taylor S., recruitment; Kristin M., recruitment; Meagen N., client relations; Karisa S., HR; Christine S., operations
This app is the hands-down favorite of the FlexCare crew. Marketed as the “fastest, easiest to use calorie counter app,” they are clearly onto something when it comes to making it easy to count calories, monitor your water intake, and track your exercise progress.
Basic features are free. Ad-free and premium content for a fee.
Recommended by: Melissa P., recruitment
With one membership you can access fitness classes in studios in 39 states. The perfect app and fitness membership for the frequent traveler, ClassPass lets you access the best workouts and classes and book them through the app. You can even view videos and read ratings and reviews.
3 classes: $30/mo
5 classes: $45/mo
10 classes: $79/mo
Recommended by: Melissa C., operations
Offering a calorie counter and other weight loss and fitness tools, SparkPeople definitely provides an easy (a relative term, for sure) way to get in shape. With personalized fitness programs, diet, and coaching tips, you’ll be on your way to a healthier you in no time!
Basic membership is free. Premium, ad-free membership is $4.99 per month.
Oh, no! Not another diet! Yes, but this one sounds way more reasonable than most. Ever heard of “flexible dieting”? According to Avatar Nutrition, flexible dieting revolves around hitting a target goal for protein, fat, and carbs (macronutrients) each day. These one-of-a-kind targets are based on your specific physical traits, goals, and body’s response to previous macronutrient targets. Avatar Nutrition acts as your personal flexible diet coach and helps determine your ideal nutritional targets and provides tips and tools to help you achieve your long-term fitness goals.
$9.99 per month.
Recommended by: Gretchen B., marketing
Here’s another reason to obsess over your health and wellness: Resolutions are out! Why? Because most people who make New Year’s resolutions end up not achieving them. The new, more successful way to make long-lasting and positive health and wellness habits begins with small changes that you can master easily. A science-based app that was developed in Duke University’s Behavioral Economics Lab, The Fabulous helps you gradually build healthy habits into your day-to-day life – starting with making sure you’re drinking enough water. It was a Best App Finalist in Google Play Awards and an Apple Top App.
Free membership and in-app purchases.
Recommended by: Mikayla M., recruitment
This “private cycling studio on the go” brings your favorite spin class right to your iPhone or iPad. Never miss a minute of torment, er, fun when this app is ready to go when you are – and even when you aren’t!
14-day free trial, then $12.99 per month or $5.99 for a weekly pass.
Recommended by: Mario D., client relations; Harrison M., recruitment; Gretchen B., marketing
If “brilliant things happen in calm minds” then you’re about to become a genius! Another big hit with the FlexCare staff, Headspace simplifies meditation and makes it, well, kind of fun. Guided meditations are led by meditation and mindfulness expert, Andy Puddicombe, who, according to the New York Times, “is doing for meditation what Jamie Oliver has done for food.” Also includes meditations for kids.
Free to register. Unlock other meditations with in-app purchase.
Recommended by: Mario D., client relations
#6 in Health and Fitness in the Apple App Store and a 2017 App of the Year, Calm can help you “reduce anxiety, sleep better, and feel happier.” Calm has free guided meditations and sleep stories to help you relax. They also offer a Calm Masterclass led by psychiatrist and addiction expert Judson Brewer.
Try the free beginner programs to get started.
Relax and Sleep Well by Glen Harold
Recommended by: Carly M., recruitment
Having trouble sleeping? As you know, getting some good z’s is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. A top app in over 50 countries, Relax and Sleep well was created by best-selling self-help author Glenn Harrold.
This app offers several free hypnosis and meditation sessions and other in-app sessions for purchase.
Color Therapy Adult Coloring App
Recommended by: Natalie P., recruitment
Available for the iPhone and iPad, the #1 digital coloring book is loaded with tons of amazing designs and over 2,000 coloring pages, solid colors, and gradients. If you're looking for a way to deccompress and express your creative side, this is the app for you.
Free to download. Offers in-app purchases.
Recommended by: Mike L., recruitment
Marketed as "the only magazine for Pandas," Bored Panda is the leading art, design, and photography community for creative people and helps artists and creators turn their stories into must-read viral content. So why is this app included in our top health and wellness apps? Because, as Mike L. so aptly stated, "If there’s an app with a zeitgeist that eludes the trappings of time and space, it’s Bored Panda." And sometimes that's all you need to decompress.
Recommended by: Gretchen B., marketing; Natalie P., recruitment
The perfect compliment to any health and wellness activity, Pandora makes your favorite music easily accessible. Create personalized stations with the free, add-supported version or opt for Pandora Plus or Premium and get unlimited personalized stations, unlimited skips and replays, and download music for offline listening.
Free with ad-supported content. Fee-based, non-ad supported memberships available.
Other Hardware and Supporting Apps
FlexCare staff compete in Eppie's Great Race 2017
Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit App
Recommended by: Josh S., recruitment; Natalie P., recruitment
This Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband will keep your activity levels top of mind throughout your day - and really, who doesn't need to maintain focus on their activity levels? Add the Fitbit App and you're able to view progress towards your step goals, distance, calories burned, active minutes, and even track your sleep. If you don't have a Fitbit tracker like the Charge 2, you can use this app to track your steps, distance, and calories burned. our sleep, heart rate, and steps. Easy peasy.
Samsung Health App
Recommended by: Harlan W., client relations
If you use a Samsung device, this app is a perfect compliment and record and analyze your daily activity. Whatever activities you participate in on a daily basis, you can add and track them in a single step. Record food, caffeine, and water intake as well. This app is available through Google Play.
No matter where you begin your journey to better health and wellness, there's a tool to help you track your progress and achieve your goals. Let us know how you do throughout the year by following us on Facebook and InstaGram. Here's to a happy and healthy 2018!