Professional hypochondriacs, you’ve got everything you need to manage your health and fitness. Today’s iPhone apps let you track your menstrual cycle, count your calories, motivate your workouts, even nod off at night. It’s all about convenience, discretion and fun.
Here are some of the most popular free apps from the iTunes Store or at www.itunes.com/appstore/ that can help you stay fit and healthy. Most are compatible with current Apple portable devices and the latest Apple operating systems.
Weight Watchers Mobile
(by Weight Watchers International Inc)
There’s no excuse for not sticking with the plan. No matter where you are, you can track your food intake and activity points. Weight Watchers Mobile lets you quickly calculate points values of items in restaurants or at the grocery store, search an online database of more than 31,000 food options plus popular restaurants, store points values for your favorite and recently added foods, view your weight history, see featured recipes, create shopping lists, read success stories, and find meetings.
Period Tracker Lite (by GP International LLC)
Need help tracking your cycles? Period Tracker Lite makes it easy and convenient. Plus, it’s downright cute. Press a button at the start of your period every month. The app logs your dates and calculates the average of your past three months’ cycles to predict your next period’s start date. A one-month view calendar shows your current and future period dates, ovulation and fertile days. You can even record your moods and symptoms using icons that cleverly illustrate every imaginable monthly annoyance from acne to cramps to bloating. Period Tracker Deluxe is an upgrade that includes charts, different skins, temperature tracking, 40+ moods and symptoms, and a pregnancy mode.
Sleeping Pill (by TAS Games)
For the insomniacs among us, the Sleeping Pill app will be your new best friend. This app guides you through three stages on your way to sweet dreams: clearing your mind, relaxation breathing, and an exercise designed to tire your eyes. If the thought of drifting off with your iPhone near you is less than relaxing, give it a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised. The app includes a sleep-inducing audio track with sounds of the ocean, rain, river or waterfall. There’s also an optional sleep hypnosis tool.
Nike BOOM (by Nike Inc)
You’ll be at the top of your game with a workout that includes a customized playlist and motivational messages from your sport’s premier athletes and coaches. Nike BOOM syncs your music to your workouts, with constant motivation from the leaders in your sport. While you’re listening to your favorite music, you’ll be cheered on, motivated and rewarded straight to the finish line. You can even alert your Facebook friends when you’re using BOOM and get support from them in real time.
BabyCenter My Pregnancy Today (by BabyCenter)
Track your pregnancy with this convenient app. Simply enter your baby’s due date and this app will guide you, day by day, week by week, month by month, through all stages of pregnancy. Learn how your body’s changing and what lies ahead. See what your baby looks like each week. There’s also nutrition advice and a pregnancy checklist to keep you on schedule with appointments and decision making. Award-winning videos let you watch your baby grow in the womb and see real moms giving birth. The app also allows you to connect with other women due at the same time.
YOGA Free (by Arawella Corp)
You’ll never miss a yoga session again. Choose from ready-made routines for beginners or create your own session. Included are 200 yoga poses with detailed instructions, photos, and even video of a professional female yogi doing poses. Male voiceover guides you through your workout. All poses are conveniently grouped according to their level and type. Choose your music from the iPod player. A calendar helps you track your training sessions. If you need to answer a call or receive a text during your session, the app will resume at the interrupted pose. Namaste!