These are the best Android apps for health, exercise and food
These are our favorite Android apps to help you exercise, reduce stress, and create delicious meals. Before we start, check out Venostech.com
Fiit: Home Workouts & Fitness Plans
PS20, around $30 per Month or PS120, $170 per Year
Apple Fitness Plus has been a constant reminder of your jealousy, so Fiit will be the perfect app. It’s the exact same concept, but without any Apple gear.
Fiit has hundreds of workout videos. More are added frequently across all categories, including strength, cardio, strength, and balance (which includes yoga, Pilates, and the like). You can track your heart rate, calories burned, reps, and other information on the screen. The app also records your score in cardio classes.
Fiit also offers training plans, group classes and leaderboards. You can even show the videos on your TV! These videos are great for exercise, with friendly trainers explaining the exercises well and using background music by big-name artists.
Fiit has its problems, such as the high monthly price, especially when compared to Apple Fitness Plus. There is also no native Chromecast support at this time. However, Fiit is an impressive service overall.
Otter – Diet Diary
Otter-Diet Diary doesn’t have an Android app to help you lose weight, although you could. It is meant to be a way for you to keep track of what you eat as well as how it affects your health.
The app is simple and allows you to enter your meals. You can also add a photo, description, and star rating. You can also track how many fluids you have consumed in a day and make general comments about your diet.
The amount of Otter you use will determine how much you get out. If you neglect to record how foods affect you, you will end up with a very basic, but still useful, food diary. However, if you keep track of how each day goes and what you eat, you can begin to identify which foods you are most sensitive to.
You might also start to build a record about how varied and healthy your diet is. This will help you feel more motivated to make better choices.
Glug: Water Reminders
Free + $2.99/PS2.59 IAP
It’s one of those simple things that many people struggle with, even though it sounds easy. You can forget to drink water unless you are really thirsty. But your body needs plenty of hydration in order to function at its best.
Glug reminds you to drink water at regular times and aims to help you reach your daily hydration goals. The app will ask you how much water you would like to drink in a given day, either in milliliters or equivalents. It will also ask you when you are most likely to forget.
Once you have completed the task, you will receive reminders throughout your day reminding you to drink. The next reminder will be sent out once you have indicated that you have had a drink.
You can either enter the drink amount down to the milliliter or tap on one of our customizable presets to change the drink size. If you don’t wish to hear the reminders, you can delay or silence them. The progress bar displays how close you are towards your daily goal and whether you are where you should be by the end of the day.
This is all completely free. However, if you wish to support Glug and remove ads, you can make one-off payments of $2.99/PS2.59.
Mindfulness with Petit BamBou
No Charge + $8.49/PS7.99 Monthly Subscription
Mindfulness With Petit BamBou has a lot of great features. Guided meditation sessions last between 3 and 50 minutes. The app uses cartoons to give the experience a visual element.
Meditations can be used to manage stress, pain acceptance, time management and other areas. Some meditations are even designed for children.
Unguided meditations, breathing exercises and soothing sounds and stories are all included in Mindfulness with Petit BamBou.
It’s not completely free, however, like many full-featured meditation apps. You can access a few guided meditation programs, as well as stories, sounds and other features for free. Although the majority of the guided content is behind a paywall it’s worth it if you meditate often and use this app as your main meditation app.
You might be using tech to track your fitness and health. However, there are many apps and devices that can do this. This means that your data could end up scattered across different services, when it would be more convenient to view it all in one place.
Health Sync may be a solution or at the very least a partial solution. You can sync your data between Google Fit, Samsung Health, and a range of other services, such as Fitbit, Garmin and InBody, Polar, Suunto, and Withings.
You can also choose to sync different types of data and use different services. You could sync your weight data from Withings Health Mate with Samsung Health, your sleep data from Oura to Google Fit, or your exercise data from Samsung Health to Google Fit. In many cases, you can also sync the same data between Samsung Health and Google Fit.
Health Sync does not support all sources. Some sources are only compatible with syncing specific things or in a particular direction. This means that it is only a partial solution. It should reduce the number of apps that you have to open in order to access your data. It’s not free but you get a free trial and then you can make a purchase.
Moshi: Mindfulness and Sleep
No Charge + $39.99/PS29.99 Yearly Subscription
Moshi is a great app for parents who have young children who struggle to fall asleep. You will find a wide variety of’sleep stories’ in the app. Many of them are soothing and kid-friendly audio stories.
They are well-thought out. Each story gets more sleepy as it continues, and fades out at its end. These stories also have musical transitions that seem to be mesmerizing.
Moshi includes soothing tracks, as well as some meditations. New content is added every week.
You’ll need to pay $39.99/PS29.99 annually, but you can get seven days free. And, can you really price ensuring your children get a good night of sleep?
No Charge + $1.99/PS1.79 IAP
It can be just as important to have a consistent sleeping schedule as it is to get enough sleep. NightTown helps you to build a vibrant town by helping you to stick to your goals.
The Android app will ask you when you want to get up and go to sleep. It’s as easy as tapping an in-app button when you go to bed for the night.
Keep your goal in mind and you will see a random building built in your community each day. Failure will result in the building being destroyed. However, it allows you to save up to two days each week.
You’ll be creating a log of all the times and durations you sleep, as well as building a city over time.
You can also unlock the Pro version for $1.99/PS1.79. You can choose the building you want to build next, back up all your data, unlock achievements and earn reward tickets that can be used to increase your chances of getting rare buildings.
SleepTown’s sleep incentives won’t work every time, but if your struggles to turn off the lights on time or you often hit the snooze key in the morning, SleepTown might be a good option. You could also get virtual buildings as a reward for your efforts.
Even though more people are turning to vegetarianism and veganism, it’s not common for vegetarian or vegan food to be found in every restaurant.
The Android app Vanilla Bean will let you know which restaurants in your area offer vegetarian and vegan options. You can filter by price to find vegan and vegetarian restaurants, and also search for organic, raw, fair-trade, or gluten-free options.
The results list will show you at a glance which items apply to a particular restaurant. Tap on a restaurant to get a complete overview, including its address, opening hours and photos, as well as reviews.
These last two points are where Vanilla Bean falls short a little right now. There aren’t many reviews or photos yet, but you can add yours as an app user.
$9.99/PS9.99 per month
It can be difficult to cure snoring. The cause and the effective remedies for it vary from person-to-person and are often difficult to find.
You might not have heard of mouth exercises that can reduce or stop snoring. SnoreFree includes exactly these exercises, as you probably know.
These exercises were created by Dario Lindes (Viennese speech therapist), and have reportedly had a success rate of over 80% over the many years that he has been using them.
Each technique is explained and demonstrated with a demonstration video. You’ll also be guided through a daily routine of 10-15 minutes. The Android app requires a moderately high subscription. However, discounts are available for those who commit for at least a year. You can also try some exercises free of charge.
SuperBetter doesn’t have a new name, it’s been around for years, and people have used it to make their lives better. However, it is well worth highlighting because it can do so much.
The Android app basically gamifies the process for looking after your mental and physical health. It offers quests, power-ups and bad guys to beat. These can be small tasks such as walking around the block or drinking water.
Completing challenges will award you achievements and unlock new challenges. It also helps you level up in real life and in games.
SuperBetter will help you to develop good habits and kerb poor ones, and ultimately make you happier and more healthy.
No Charge + $94.99/PS87.99 Yearly Subscription
Mobile meditation apps are thriving. There are many high-quality apps available at this time. Brightmind might be worth a look if you’re looking to make a change or find the right one.
The Android app is more customizable than other meditation apps. You can choose whether you want a male voice or a female voice to guide you and you can tell it what your main purpose for meditating to be, such as to relieve stress or communicate better. This allows the app to highlight meditation courses it believes are most relevant for you.
When you are ready to meditate, you have the option of choosing the length of your meditation. If you prefer a guided experience, there is also the option to choose a duration and add interval bells.
Brightmind offers hundreds of meditations. However, most require a subscription. The annual subscription costs $94.99/PS87.99. Although the app claims to offer a monthly subscription, we are unable to find out how to access it. The app offers a free seven-day trial, before you have to pay for the year.
Monthly Starting at EUR3.99 (around 4.50 / PS3.50/ AU$6.50).
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 and recent Apple Watches have an ECG (electrocardiogram). However, phones are still missing this feature. FibriCheck promises to be as good and works with Android phones without any special hardware.
The FibriCheck app measures your heart rhythm by placing your finger on the camera of your phone. It can detect abnormalities and alert you if there are any. This could include signs of atrial fibrillation.
The Android app generates a report instantly that you can download and, if desired, share with your doctor. You can also request your measurements to be reviewed by medical professionals in-app (though this may incur additional costs).
Fibricheck will require you to sign up for a monthly subscription. After the 1-day trial, which is worthwhile just to get a single reading, Fibricheck will charge you a monthly fee. A basic subscription costs EUR3.99 per month (around $4.50 / AU$6.50), while a detailed report and review of each reading is available for EUR10.99 (roughly 12 / AU$18). Both cases are for a commitment of one year. If you pay monthly, the prices will go up.
Although it’s not inexpensive, it’s a great feature to have on your smartphone. FibriCheck is FDA-approved and CE-certified if you are skeptical about its accuracy.
Monthly Subscription = PS9.99
Endomondo is a great app for anyone who likes to run, cycle, or just keep track of their walks. It is one of the most popular and well-known apps in the industry. The app has been updated only two weeks ago.
Endomondo can track 60 other sports in addition to running and cycling, so even if you don’t cycle or run, you may still be interested in it.
Endomondo can track your distance and route, as well as calories and speed. If you are doing a sport that cannot be tracked by GPS, you can manually record your workout to keep track of your accomplishments.
Endomondo can also be linked to cadence sensors and heart rate monitors to add their data to your records. You can connect the app to auxiliary fitness accounts like Polar Flow, Garmin Connect, and Google Fit. All your data regarding health and fitness will be synced.
Endomondo lets you set goals for your workouts and for your week. The Android app will also alert you when you reach a personal best. You can also create and join challenges with friends and other users.
Endomondo Premium can be added to your subscription if you don’t like the above features. It adds interval training, heart rate zone analysis and personal training plans. You also have access to advanced statistics, such as how many miles you’ve run each month.
No cost + $9.99/PS9.99 per month
Although meditation apps are intended to help us relax and de-stress, they can also become chores that we feel guilty about neglecting.
Simple Habit won’t solve the problem completely, but it does get some of the way there by offering 5-minute meditations that you can fit in at any time during your day.
Some meditation apps also have shorter sessions, but they are often only a handful. Simple Habit, however, has many short meditations.
Simple Habit has many different teachers who can guide you.
The rest of Android app works as expected. It offers meditations that are tailored to specific life situations, goals, or moods. A simple interface doesn’t get in your way.