The best health and fitness apps

01 September 2015

Keeping healthy and fit is vital but it needn’t be difficult to achieve with these apps.



Breeze

This fitness app uses the motion and location sensors in your iPhone to track all your walks and runs throughout the day. Breeze also sets up an intelligent, personalised daily activity target. Free, iOS

The best fitness apps

Daily Workouts

Your own personal trainer in your pocket. Small, easy workouts between five and ten minutes in length with on-screen instructions and a timer. You don’t need to be connected to the web to do the sessions either. Free, iOS, Android

The fail-proof gym workout

Instant Heart Rate

Being able to check the old ticker whenever you wish is not to be sniffed at. How does this award-winning app work? Place a finger over the phone camera lens and it uses this with the flash light to measure your pulse. Free, IOS, Android

Your pulse rate

Headspace Meditation

Bite-sized meditation techniques to help you sleep better, focus more and get some relief from a busy mind. Free access to ten daily exercises, then buy more from the app.  Free, IOS, Android

Everyday hobbies that promote mindfulness

NHS Direct Health and Symptom Checker

If you have a nagging twinge or worrisome ailment, this app lets you check your symptoms, then offers advice about how to take action if needed. Includes personalised healthcare guides and you can call the NHS from within the app.  Free, IOS, Android

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Medicoach

This handy medication-management app acts as a reminder to take your pills and potions at the right time and on the right day. Never worry again whether you’ve taken all your tablets: it logs the pills you take and reminds you when prescriptions need renewing.  Free, IOS, Android

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Vision Test

Many of us leave it far too long between eye tests, but with this app you check your own vision at home. From visual acuity, astigmatism and colour tests, it will evaluate your eyes, then find a nearby optician if you need one. Free, IOS

Is it time for an eye test?

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