7 of our favourite health and fitness apps of 2017

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While we’re big proponents of taking a digital detox every now and then, there’s no denying that your smartphone can streamline many aspects of your life - including your health and wellbeing.

Yes, the app store is overflowing with health and fitness apps vying for your attention. The only question is: which ones should you bother downloading?

We’ve done the legwork for you. Here are seven of our favourite health and fitness apps that are worthy of a spot on your smartphone:

1. Edo

Simply put, Edo makes food shopping easy. Scan an item and Edo will tell you everything you need to know about the product. While many apps can provide you with a detailed breakdown macronutrient content of various food, Edo simplifies things by also providing a straightforward 0-10 rating of how healthy the scanned product is, making it easier than ever to stay on top of your nutrition.

2. Fit Radio

Fit Radio has been around for a while, but it remains one of the strongest fitness-oriented music players of 2017. Specifically designed with working out in mind, Fit Radio’s high energy playlists are selected based on your chosen target heart rate, helping you maintain intensity and keep the pace up from the start of your workout right through to the finish.

3. Moves

If you’re yet to jump on the wearables bandwagon but still like the idea of tracking your activity, Moves might just be the perfect app for you. The app makes use of your smartphone’s GPS, Wi-Fi, accelerometer and other sensors to track your walking, cycling and running, and presents it all in a minimal, easy to understand interface. While it’s not as comprehensive or accurate as a Fitbit or Garmin, Moves does a decent job of transforming hardware you already have (your phone) into an entry level fitness tracker.

4. Charity Miles

We’ve known all along that losing weight and getting fit is good for you, but what if it was good for someone else, too? Charity Miles is built with that exact philosophy in mind. With the financial backing of a range of major companies, Charity Miles tracks your cycling, running and walking and turns your activity into money for charity. So far, Charity Miles users have raised more than $2 million for 40 very worthy charities.

5. Calm

Achieving mental clarity in today’s fast paced world isn’t always easy, but the aptly named Calm certainly helps. The app comes loaded with a smorgasbord of guided meditation sessions ranging from three to 25 minutes in length, suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Reduce stress, avoid burnout, improve your decision making abilities and enjoy the mindfulness that comes with regular meditation.

6. DietBet

Ever told a friend that you bet you could lose weight if you tried? Well, now there’s a way to put your money where your mouth is. DietBet is built on the ingeniously simple concept of betting on yourself to lose weight. Using photos, algorithmic auditing and a team of specialist referees, DietBet tracks your progress and rewards you with a share of the pot if you achieve your target weight loss. Money seems to be a powerful motivator, with 96 percent of DietBet users successfully losing weight and winners taking home an average of $58!

7. DailyYoga

Stretching is an important part of any fitness program, and there’s no better way to achieve better flexibility than with regular yoga sessions. That’s where DailyYoga comes in. The app is incredibly comprehensive and contains over 200 guided yoga classes in addition to 500 asanas and 50 class plans. Suitable for users of every ability level, this is one of the easiest ways to incorporate yoga into your daily routine.

patty lee