20 Health & Fitness Apps for iPhone

Everyone wants to improve their health, whether it be through joining an expensive gym or purchasing a pricey set of equipment for their home. What a lot of people don’t realize is you don’t need all this expense and clutter. All that’s really required is determination, and a motivation to stay fit.

There are hundreds of iPhone apps for all manner of health and fitness tasks. You can monitor what you eat, how you exercise – even measure different calorie intake or your body mass index. With this list, you can have a full on personal trainer as well as an arsenal of exercises in the palm of your hand!

Nutrition Menu

Nutrition Menu

Nutrition Menu

This is almost an all-in-one app when it comes to calorie counting, water consumption, and keeping track of your personal stats. One of the coolest features is the fact that it has over 350 North American restaurants and their dishes built in, so that you can check the calories when you are out and about!

Along with that, you can log your calories from other food, save favorites, keep track of your days, weeks, and months, and display that all in different graphical; layouts. There are exercises to show how many calories you burn, and even a lock for the app to keep your information private.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Shroomies
Download: iTunes Store

Lose It!

Lose It!

Lose It!

If you are looking for an app to keep track of what you eat with the ability to add all your favorite foods, this is perfect… and free! With Lose It! you can choose to keep in touch with friends and diet together, log your exercise, and give yourself a daily budget of calories that you are allowed to consume.

You can even set motivators (reminders) to stay on track for good things to eat, or make Lose It! remind you when you need to log your food using the notification feature on the iPhone.

Price: Free
Developer: FitNow, Inc.
Download: iTunes Store

Calorie Tracker

Calorie Tracker

LiveStrong.com Calorie Tracker

This is another calorie counter app, but with the LiveStrong.com name to back it up. Unlike a lot of the other apps out there with food databases that range to around 10,000 items, this app has 625,000 items in their database that you can search from and enter into your logging system.

Again you can set weight goals – whether you want to lose, maintain or gain weight – and can also set a daily intake based on your goals, current weight, and measurements. You are also able to log fitness exercises which calculate how many calories you burn based on your current measurements and weight.

Price: $0.99
Developer: LiveStrong.com
Download: iTunes Store

Eat This, Not That!

Eat This, Not That!

Eat This, Not That!

If you have never taken a gander through the Eat This, Not That line of books, this app is going to blow your mind. You would never guess how some of the foods at your favorite restaurants ranked in the high calorie range. What this app does is tells you what you should eat instead of what you were probably thinking about splurging on.

When you start subbing foods out for other, the calorie intake that you change will be incredibly substantial and you can log all that within this app with your customized allowance per day.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Rodale, Inc.
Download: iTunes Store

BP Buddy

BP Buddy

BP Buddy

High Blood Pressure is a condition that leads to all kinds of bad effects like coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure… and that’s just the beginning. Now, this app won’t fix your blood pressure, but will give you an idea of where your at, and that way you can discuss with your doctor different ways to get it down and stay healthy.

You can log up to 60 days worth of entries, each with a stress level at the time, and you can email that to your doctor directly whenever you want. One more reason to get this? 10% of profits go to the American Heart Association in an effort to help the battle against cardiovascular related diseases.

Price: $0.99
Developer: OneAppOneCause
Download: iTunes Store

iFitness

iFitness

iFitness

This is one of the more comprehensive fitness apps out there, and they really provide you with a wide range of information to complete your exercises and do them correctly. They have pictures, videos and detailed instructions for over 300 exercises, and you can customize your lists of exercises to work on only the parts of your body that you would like to focus on.

iFitness also lets you track your progress and store it in your profile, and it even supports multiple users, so the whole family can use it.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Medical Productions
Download: iTunes Store

C25K Couch To 5K

C25K Couch To 5K

C25K Couch To 5K

Are you a couch potato? Do you watch those marathons and think “I can do that… no problem…” Well if you are sitting on your butt all day, no you can’t. Unless you follow a strict regimented exercise routine to get in shape and are able yourself to run for long periods of time.

This app does just that. It is designed to take a person from beginning runner status all the way up to a full on 5K runner in just 9 weeks while working out 3 days per week. There is also another version of this app, but for a 10K running plan that is designed for people after they finish the 5K version.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Alex Stankovic
Download: iTunes Store

Authentic Yoga

Authentic Yoga

Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra

Yoga is one of the best ways to stretch out your body, become more flexible, is a great all-round source of exercise and helps to relieve stress. The host, Deepak Chopra walks you through with a series of audio and video recordings explaining what his assistant, Tara Stiles is performing.

You can get an idea of what muscles are being worked, what form you should take, and how to breathe and set up the poses. If you are looking for a Yoga app, this is highly rated and has been featured by ABC News Watch.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Signal Patterns
Download: iTunes Store

Sleep Machine

Sleep Machine

Sleep Machine

A lot of the apps so far have been very fitness based, but you can’t be healthy without a good amount of sleep, correct? Well, the Sleep Machine has you covered. They have 61 mastered stereo sounds, 54 of which are ambient sound tracks, and the other 7 are music.

These help you to fall asleep by providing a relaxing sound at the perfect volume to help you sleep through the night. You can choose to let it play throughout the night, or schedule it to shut off after a few hours when you know you are into a deep sleep.

Price: $1.99
Developer: SleepSoft LLC
Download: iTunes Store

Abs Diet Smoothie Selector

Abs Diet Smoothie Selector

Abs Diet Smoothe Selector

Who doesn’t love smoothies… I mean come on? This is a great recipe book full of different smoothie recipes that are healthy for you to eat at times like pre/post workout, breakfast, or pretty much any other time you can justify having one of these healthy, tasty snacks. You can browse based on goals like muscle building, weight loss, or health boosters, and they even have pictures for each smoothie and allow you to create your own!

With a slick looking interface and awesome imagery, you receive complete recipes with all the nutritional facts you could ask for.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Rodale, Inc.
Download: iTunes Store

Anti-Aging

Anti-Aging

Anti-Aging

Now, this app seems like it could be kind of hokey, but judging from the comments, it really seems to work! What it does is provides 10 different color-light & sound therapy treatments to clear things like wrinkles, acne, cellulite and all kinds of other unattractive things that come with age.

Doubtful? They have a full before/after gallery along with a guide on how and why it works and testimonials from doctors and spas from around the world. It seems pretty nuts, but also quite fun…

Price: $2.99
Developer: United Holdings Group
Download: iTunes Store

The GymFu Line

The GymFu Line

The GymFu Line

This is actually a set of 4 different apps, all priced at $0.99 each. There is CrunchFu, PushUpFu, PullUpFu, and SquatFu, all of which provide a game-like atmosphere for you to do better than you did the previous time in terms of the count of the exercise.

The goal is different for each app, but it tracks your motion, shouts instructions at you, and you can compete with others around the world to see who can do their workouts the best and fastest.

Price: $0.99
Developer: BrainBakery Ltd
Download: iTunes Store

Hundred PushUps

Hundred PushUps

Hundred Pushups

Another increasing strength app, like the previous, but without the game aspect, this app focuses on you building up your strength to be able complete 100 consecutive pushups… which is no small feat. This follows a six week training program that gets your ready to be able to complete the task and logs and tracks your progress along the way.

There are also some similar apps from the same developer, one called Two Hundred Situps and Twenty Chinups.

Price: $1.99
Developer: SoftwareX
Download: iTunes Store

RunKeeper

RunKeeper

RunKeeper

RunKeeper might be a little expensive at ten bucks, but when you think about the alternative for a portable GPS for tracking your runs, this is actually pretty cheap. This uses the integrated GPS, pulls up a map, tracks your course and stores it, the distance and all the calories burned according to weight and height.

You can also listen to your iPod while you running the app as well as get time or distance-based cues throughout your activity.

Price: Free – $9.99
Developer: FitnesssKeeper, Inc.
Download: iTunes Store

Water Your Body

Water Your Body

Water Your Body

Seems like a pretty simple concept right? Well this app keeps you on track for the water consumption you should be achieving every day, the amount that you more than often never take in. This app makes it really easy to choose the amount you drank by picking the correct icon as well as entering the amounts manually.

You can keep track of consumption over time, and be graded on amount taken in. Water is an essential part of good health and if you have a hard time drinking water instead of Mountain Dew… this might be worth the dollar.

Price: $0.99
Developer: FoWare.com
Download: iTunes Store

iMuscle

iMuscle

iMuscle

This is a very interesting app that is more about learning about your body and what muscles get worked rather than focusing on actual exercises. By having the entire human body in 3D you are able to learn what muscles effect what parts of the body, which ones are worked for different exercises, which muscles are sore, and many more possibilities.

You can’t just exercise without having a clue about what is underneath your skin, so why not explore a little bit?

Price: $1.99
Developer: 3D4Medical.com, LLC
Download: iTunes Store

BMI Calculator

BMI Calculator

BMI Calculator

This is a very simple app that measures your Body Mass Index. If you have never had it measured, it is measured by your height, weight and age and lets you know what range you are in… whether it be underweight, just right, or obese.

You can see if you are getting close to obese, or if you are eating right and have a correct weight. It is a good thing to check every few months, because you can slip and might not even know it.

Price: Free
Developer: Data Supply
Download: iTunes Store

FitnessBuilder

FitnessBuilder

FitnessBuilder

This is a powerhouse, and a beautifully designed app that sets you up workouts and virtually tracks anything and everything to do with your fitness and health. With 663 workouts in total, and more coming every day, you can choose from any of those fitness plans, or create your own custom workouts to target certain areas.

FitnessBuilder has a revered reputation spanning from Oprah to Jillian Michaels, and is hailing to be one of the premiere apps to have if you are serious about working out with your iPhone as your personal trainer.

Price: $9.99
Developer: PumpOne
Download: iTunes Store

iPump Pilates

iPump Pilates

iPump Pilates

From the same people that put out FitnessBuilder, they also have a Pilates app for those of you don’t like the traditional workouts or Yoga. Pilates is a very popular strength training and body toning set of exercises designed to work all your core muscles. This app sets you up with instructor Kristin McGee to guide you through 3 progressive levels of Pilates with pictures, videos and audio to get you through it all.

Price: $1.99
Developer: PumpOne
Download: iTunes Store

Men's Health Workouts

Men's Health Workouts

Men’s Health Workouts

If you are set on doing some insane workouts, this app might be the one to grab. Although it is two bucks to start out, you buy workouts as they become available, with workouts like the Spartacus workout… it kind of amps you up to want get them done.

They have exercises that focus on arms, abs, beach bodies etc, and it guides you through activities such as a bench press, cardio and all the other standard exercises specific to that workout. For the ladies there is also a Women’s Health Workouts app with the same functionality.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Rodale, Inc.
Download: iTunes Store

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Have you found another app that helps you eat healthy, stay in shape, or exercise more? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!