Getting healthy is something that is on everyone’s mind at some point. Better health can lead to lower hospital bills, feeling better, and doing more things. Thankfully, there are a ton of applications on smartphones and tablets that can assist you in living better, eating better, and exercising more frequently. Most of the useful ones are either exercise apps, calorie counters, activity tracking apps, or some combination of all three. Let’s take a look at the best health apps for Android! We put a bit of a focus on eating healthy with this one. We have more health style app lists linked up just below and throughout the article.
Price: Free / $74.99 / $4.99 per month
Fooducate is a decent nutrition app. It features 250,000 foods to compare. The service grades food for easy comparison. That way you can easily identify the good stuff versus the bad stuff. The app also tracks your food intake, exercise, and other variables. There is also a system of food recommendations as well as a community of people to interact with. Some parts of the app are free. You need to go pro to get all of the features. Fooducate does a poor job at listing its prices for stuff. It’s $4.99 per month or a single $74.99 purchase. There are other purchase options as well.
Price: Free / $12.99 per month
Headspace is a meditation app. Hey, mental health is important too! Anyway, Headspace includes a variety of guided meditations, emergency SOS sessions for calming needs, and various programs to choose from based on your needs. It even sends you the occasional notification telling you to chill out and breathe a little a bit. We particularly liked that feature. The pro version is a little expensive but it does include more features. Calm, Let’s Meditate, Prana Breath, and Aware are some more excellent meditation apps. We also have a full list linked up toward the end of this article.
Price: Free / $2.99
Home Workout is the perfect health app for beginners. Wow that sounded like an advertisement, sorry about that! In any case, this app has a collection of workouts you can do at home with no equipment. That means the only thing between you and starting is a download button. Some of the exercise routines include warm-ups, stretching, weight training, strength training, and more. You also get video and animation guides, charts, and more tracking. It’s really good, especially if you don’t want to spend a ton of money on exercise equipment. The developer, Leap Fitness, also has apps for ab workouts, water drink reminders, and even a period tracker if you need one.
Price: Free / $3.99-$6.99 per month / $44.99 per year
Lifesum is another app that combines diet and exercise. It doesn’t force you to keep hardcore details of every single meal. Instead, it offers basic guidelines to follow. The app asks for things like weight, height, gender, and your fitness goals. The app gives each person personalized recommendations from that info. It also includes niche things like micro tracking for those on specialized diets. The food and exercise tracking is free for everybody along with some social features. Everything else requires a subscription. Lifesum requires subscriptions paid up front for three, six, or 12 months at a time. It’s one of the great health apps.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $49.99 per year
MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular health apps. It does a really good job with keeping your diet in check. It has a large database of food items. That way you can keep track of everything you eat. Calorie counting is its most useful function. Additionally, it has the capacity to integrate with a ton of other fitness and health apps. There is also a selection of exercises to perform, a community to engage with, and stats about your progress. The free version does basic calorie counting stuff. You need the subscription for the rest.
Runtastic Running and Fitness Tracking
Price: Free / $2.99-$4.97 per month (billed annually)
Runtastic is one of the most popular health apps. It is routinely on the forefront of new technology of stuff like Android Wear. Additionally, it includes stats, graphs, exercise tracking, and more. It even has a shoe tracker. That way you know when to buy new shoes. The subscription is also relatively inexpensive compared to many of its competitors. It also has integration with Google Fit and MyFitnessPal. That makes a really good trio of health apps. Couch to 5K by RunDouble is another excellent app for runners, especially beginners.
Stronglifts 5×5 and You Are Your Own Gym
Price: Free / $9.99 per 3 months / $19.99 per year
StrongLifts 5×5 Workout is one of the better health apps. It focuses mostly on strength training via the StrongLifts system. It includes methods to record your progress, a timer, and a bunch of other stuff. There are also a variety of workouts and training exercises. The app rounds out an excellent experience with Android Wear support, cloud saving, and some other nifty things. The in-app purchases grant additional content along with what you get in the free app. It’s excellent for those looking for something other than just running. You Are Your Own Gym is another great workout app to help you stay healthy.
Price: Free / $27.99 per month
TickTick is a simple, excellent to-do list app. This is useful for a long of things. That includes scheduling and remembering doctor’s appointments, taking your daily medications, or remembering to re-stock on your protein shakes. It’s usable for work and home tasks, as well as stuff like grocery lists. The UI is easier than most and a little bland at times. You can also share your categories and tasks with other people if you want them to see tasks as well. The free version has all of the features and up to two reminders per task. Anything more than that and it costs $29.99 per year. Todoist, Google Calendar, Any.do, and Microsoft To-Do are decent to-do list apps that do all of this same stuff as well.
Yoga Daily Fitness
Yoga Daily Fitness is a good, simple yoga app. It features a variety of poses and exercises that can increase flexibility, core strength, and all kinds of other health benefits. This particular app has a few good daily routines to get you started. However, those really serious about yoga will eventually graduate to other, better apps. We only recommend this one first because its price tag is extremely manageable (free, at the time of this writing) and it’s excellent for beginners. Pocket Yoga, Yoga Studio, and Down Dog are way better apps, but, again, they are mostly for people very serious about yoga.
Your doctor’s app or website
Price: Free (usually)
Some professions take longer to adapt to new changes than others. However, most doctors these days have an app or a website. You can use the app or website to check your blood work stats, test results, and sometimes you can even message your doctor directly, although we only recommend this communication method for non-essential questions. It’s easier to access your medical records this way and keep up with what your doctor is doing than it is to call in and ask. There are a bunch of apps for this, so you should ask your doctor about the one their practice uses. The worst case scenario is defaulting to a website, but it’s still better than nothing.
Bonus: OEM health apps
Price: Free (usually)
Several phone manufacturers have health tracker apps. The biggest ones include Samsung Health, Google Fit, and LG Health. Samsung Health and Google Fit in particular are pretty good. They keep track of things like steps and calories. Both apps also integrate with Samsung smart watches and Wear OS watches, respectively. They can also set goals, keep track of things like your weight and give you some motivational quotes if that helps you. These apps are usually free and come pre-installed on most Samsung, Google, and LG phones. However, you can get Google Fit for any device that runs Google Android (basically anything not from China or Amazon).
If we missed any great health apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!