The 64 Best Health and Fitness Apps of 2013

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64 Best Health and Fitness Apps

(Be sure to check out the most recent version of this list: The 65 Best Health and Fitness Apps of 2014.)

We love our phones. A lot. They do pretty much, like, everything. They take pictures, shoot video, play music, run games, and about a million other things.

But the most exciting development yet is how our phones are helping us get in shape. Sure, mobile apps allow us to fling exploding birds at green pigs, but they also help us run faster, get stronger, eat smarter, and connect with people around the globe.

For this list, Greatist scoured every app market for standout apps that were pushing the boundaries of health and fitness. Not all of these are the most downloaded apps (though we certainly considered that). Instead, we focused on some key metrics: Is the app highliy rated? Is it user-friendly? Is it reliable or is it buggy? Does it do something unique? And can it continue to grow and innovate? Much of these are subjective (we know), and we tried to cover an array of interests, so naturally there will be apps that could have made the list but didn't. We wanted to choose 64 health and fitness apps that are reinventing the way mobile phones can help us lead better lives, one healthier choice at a time.

From mainstays like Nike Training Club to gamified programs like Zombies, Run! to educational powerhouses like Khan Academy, this list — in no particular order — runs the gamut of what's to come for the future of our health. And best yet? Almost all of them are free.

Fitness and Strength

GymPact appGymPact

What It Is: Skipping a workout is a lot harder with cold hard cash on the line. GymPact lets users ante up and tie a monetary incentive to working out.
Why It's Cool: Users who check in at their gym with the GymPact app get to keep the money they put up, while those who miss a workout lose a predetermined chunk of change. GymPact also features integration with RunKeeper (one of our top apps!) and at-home workout options.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Pumping Weight appPumping Weight

What It Is: Weight training can get complicated, but Pumping Weight hopes to make tracking workouts simple with an easy to follow, smooth interface. View your workouts in calendar mode to see the weekly sweat schedule, and record individual reps and sets with their intuitive tracking system.
Why It's Cool: While Pumping Weight keeps things looking simple, the app gives users access to a goldmine of data on their progress. The app graphs strength gains over time and can remind you what muscle groups you've been neglecting.
Cost: $1.99. Available for iOS.

Cody

What It Is: Cody is a fun way to log workouts and share them with friends. Users can track their fitness progress via timelines, stats, and highlights and can also receive encouragement and advice from "Cody," a virtual fitness coach.
Why It's Cool: Cody offers the tools of most workout logs — tracking time, distance, location, and notes. But its real focus is on celebrating users’ fitness through social sharing. Friends and acquaintances can follow each other’s fitness progress and cheer each other on through likes, comments, and photo sharing (the app also easily integrates with Facebook).
Cost: Free. Available for iOS (starting 3/27).

Teemo appTeemo

What It Is: Who said working out had to be so much "work"? Certainly not the folks at Teemo. This app turns fitness into a game that doesn't require a gym, exercise equipment, or even running shoes. Invite Facebook friends to a "virtual challenge" in a specific environment, like a jungle, mountain, or desert. Participants win by doing expert-approved cardio, strength, and flexibility exercises which range from easy to difficult. Teemo makes exercising a social event and gets people to incorporate movement into their daily lives.
Why It's Cool: Do we really need to say? It's like being inside a video game!
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Sportaneous appSportaneous

What It Is: Sportaneous lets users find and book fitness classes in a snap. Yoga? Pilates? Kickboxing? Users can find ut what's close and get moving!
Why It's Cool: The app encourages discovery, pushing users to try new classes and new routines. The app also lets users sign up together so you won't have to sweat by yourself.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

FitnessFast appFitnessFast

What It Is: Feel free to leave the workout journal at home. This app lets users log workouts, body stats, sleep, and more.
Why It's Cool: Logging workouts is especially accurate thanks to the ability to add custom exercises (not already in the library) and specifiy supersets when performing exercises back-to-back. Need a little boost? Set target reps and sets, and use the customizable rest timer to keep things moving.
Cost: $1.99. Available for iOS.

StrongLifts appStrongLifts "5x5"

What It Is: StrongLifts 5x5 is one of the most popular strength training programs out there. This app lets users record each and every workout and get on the path to becoming superhuman.
Why It's Cool: For those already on the StrongLifts program — or looking to start — this is far and away the best option. Record, measure progress, and even track your body weight as you move through the specially-designed 5x5 program.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

GAIN FitnessGAIN Fitness Cross Trainer

What It Is: For people who want a personal trainer but can't afford it... there's an app for that. Based on fitness goals and personal preferences, GAIN Fitness will build a custom fitness plan culled from their network of professional trainers and athletes. A calendar keeps track of workouts completed and calories consumed. It's like having a trainer in your pocket!
Why It's Cool: Confused about a certain move? Watch a video of the trainer or athlete performing the exercise. Feeling sluggish? A real person's voice is there encouraging you to keep working.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

FitnessBuilder appFitnessBuilder

What It Is: With nearly 800 workouts, 5,000-plus exercises, and access to a live personal trainer, consider this app a complete fitness experience.
Why It's Cool: FitnessBuilder puts personalization first by carefully tracking users' strength and cardiovascular fitness, weight, and other body stats (including BMI and BMR). Users can also post workouts and progress graphs to Facebook and Twitter, and schedule workouts in advance to stay organized and accountable.
Cost: First month free, then $9.99 per month for Plus Access. Available for iOS and Android.

DailyBurn appDailyBurn

What It Is: Fitness DVDs are so 2000. Stream a workout directly to your phone (or computer) anytime with the DailyBurn app. For $10 per month, subscribers can access a carefully curated library of professional-quality fitness videos. A panel of expert trainers (specializing in different areas of fitness) keep you on your toes through each exercise session.
Why It's Cool: From yoga to cardio kickboxing to dancing to kettlebells, this app has a workout video to suit any fitness preference and goal. The app includes videos for every level, from beginner to advanced.
Cost: Free (with online subscription). Available for iOS and Android.

Tracking and Analytics

Myfitnesspal appMyFitnessPal

What It Is: When it comes to health and fitness tracking, MyFitnessPal is one of the biggest names in the game. With a database of more two million (that's right, million) food items, the platform makes it easy for users to keep track of calories and so much more.
Why It's Cool: The platform can be used with all diets, whether you're going low-carb, high-protein, or just trying to eat healthier.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry.

Moves appMoves

What It Is: We make moves every day, so why not track them? Moves is a smart pedometer that records everything from steps taken in a day to miles cycled.
Why It's Cool: The app's daily maps and "storylines" give users a new way to easily record and analyze their movement thoroughout the day — without any extra costly equipment.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Fitocracy appFitocracy

What It Is: Fitness is increasingly social, and Fitocracy is one of biggest platforms to share your workouts, progress, and gym-friendly content. Fitocracy is a social network for gym buffs along that comes bundled with a smooth tracking system.
Why It's Cool: Keep track of what your friends are doing in the gym with Fitocracy's newsfeed built into the app.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Nike Training ClubNike Training Club

What It Is: Choose your fitness level and goal, and Nike Training Club picks from more than 100 workouts to get you on the fast track to fit — without the pricey personal training sessions.
Why It's Cool: Short on time? The app offers 15, 30 and 45-minute workouts featuring audio guidance and video demos from top Nike trainers and athletes. Bonus: Most workouts require minimal equipment. Hope Solo, Serena Williams, we're ready to go!
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Endomondo appEndomondo

What It Is: Endomondo puts the "social" back in fitness tracking. The app is a GPS-system which tracks how far users walk, run, bike, or travel during physical activity.
Why It's Cool: Endomondo uses all that fancy tracking info to help connect on social platforms like Facebook, inspiring friendly competition or a digital boost of encouragement.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and SymbianOS.

Everest appEverest

What It Is: This app is all about setting goals and getting over hurdles — hence the name. Whether you want to drop a few pounds, travel the world, learn a new language, or start saving more each month, the step-by-step tips and encouragement from other users will help inspire you to reach your personal "summit." Use the app to set reminders, organize smaller mini-goals, and connect with other people on the same path.
Why It's Cool: Take photos, share comments on Facebook and Twitter, and interact with other Everest users — even if your journey is a solitary one, the app makes it easy to get support from friends and other goal-setters.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

StravaStrava

What It Is: Track bike rides and runs without lifting a finger. Strava lets users upload data from their iPhone, Android, or Garmin, and the app automatically logs workouts in its personal system. Users can then compare their workouts to previous runs and bike rides or see how they fare against other users.
Why It's Cool: This hugely popular app makes it easy to track progress in biking or running, with the option to get a little competitive. Other fancy features include the ability to find the most popular routes in a new location and to record the age of gear and equipment to know when it's time to get some new stuff.
Cost: Free for iOS and Android.

Jawbone UP appUP by Jawbone

What It Is: UP takes a holistic approach to living healthy. With a wristband that tracks movement and sleep, the app displays the data, and allows users to input meals and mood. The app also provides feedback to keep users motivated.
Why It's Cool: The wristband is one of the most asthetically pleasing fitness trackers on the market. The band itself is simple, but the app allows an easy to understand daily picture of your own progress (as well as your friends).
Cost: Free (wristband required). Available for iOS and Android.

Food and Nutrition

Fooducate appFooducate

What It Is: This grocery-store navigator aims to help people better analyze food labels and get key information without swimming through unnecessary details.
Why It's Cool: The app allows users to scan items right in the store and will highlight the product's positive and negative attributes. It grades each item based on its "healthiness," and will even offer up a healthier alternative if one is available.
Cost: Free ("Plus" version, $3.99). Available for iOS and Android.

Eat Local appEat Local

What It Is: This simple app helps make eating like a locavore easier by telling users what's in season locally, where to find a nearby faremers market, and check out seasonal recipes.
Why It's Cool: This app is great because it combines two super-useful features — a local produce locator and recipe suggestions — into one. Plus, it's perfect for finding healthy items when traveling in an unfamilar location.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Epicurious appEpicurious

What It Is: Search through more than 30,000 professionally-created recipes, save your favorites, and create shopping lists with this essential kitchen app.
Why It's Cool: On top of the basic recipes and shopping lists, the app offers step-by-step instructions to help even novice cooks navigate more complicated recipes.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Shopwell appShopWell

What It Is: Build a healthier grocery list with Shopwell, which ranks each item on your list with a number between 1 and 100 based on how healthy it is.
Why It's Cool: The app aims to improve your eating (and buying habits) buy offering users "trade-ups" when they enter less healthy options. 
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Harvest appHarvest

What It Is: Confused in the produce aisle? Get confidence in a flash with the Harvest app. From tips to picking the highest-quality items to minimizing exposure to pesticides to ideas on how to clean and store fruits and veggies, Harvest is the ultimate produce tool.
Why It's Cool: With more than 120 fruits and vegetables in the database, this app won't leave you hanging when confronted with, for exampe, some questionable-looking strawberries. Information is easy to find, elegantly presented, and organized by food item alphabetically.
Cost: $1.99. Available for iOS.

Locavore app

Locavore

What It Is: No long-distance trucking here! Locavore hunts down nearby markets and farms featuring local, in-season food. Find out what's in season in your 'hood, where to buy it, and how to prepare and store it. Who knew farming was so high-tech?
Why It's Cool: Besides a map of local markets and a frequently-changing list of seasonal fruits and veggies, the app allows customers to interact with each other and food producers. Find contact information for farms and share info on new produce or markets on Facebook. Plus, there's a section of recipes featuring seasonal food you're likely to find at the market.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Foodily appFoodily

What It Is: A recipe database with a social twist, Foodily lets users collect recipes, talk about them with friends, and keep track of anything they love.
Why It's Cool: Food's always better with friends, and that's what makes this social recipe network different. Anyone can browze for recipes, but this app (based on the website by the same name) allows you to save ones you love, show love for those that inspire, and share with friends, family, professional chefs, and strangers alike.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

ThryveThryve

What It Is: This is the food tracker for people who hate counting calories and care more about how the food we eat makes us feel.
Why It's Cool: Thryve is a stress-free approach to tracking meals and how your body reacts to those foods. Break down meals into individual ingredients, and a pie chart tells you visually what fraction of your meal was grains, veggies, dairy, fruit, etc. It'll also suggest what food groups you may need more of!
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Instagram appInstagram

What It Is: Selfies, puppies, and Beibermania aside, this photo sharing app is where 100 million monthly users come to show off their tastiest eats, fit-focused feats, and everyday adventures.
Why It's Cool: "IGers" put it all out there in real time, using a range of filters, borders, and creative captions to bring their experiences to life. But Instagram isn't just about accumulating "likes" and followers; there are ways to join in on a variety of communities, including Greatist's #imagreatist campaign, centered around celebrating the healthier choices we make every day.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Zipongo appZipongo

What It Is: Zipongo is all about eating healthier. The app offers discounts for healthy items, contains a meal planning program, and a healthy reward system backed by employers and insurance companies that incentivizes better choices.
Why It's Cool: Healthy food is more expensive? Too complicated to figure out? Not any more. Zipongo helps lower the cost and provide planning for healthier meals and better grocery lists. The rewards system helps loop in employers, so even your boss will care about your well-being.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and coming soon for Android.

Relaxation and Meditation

Gratitude JournalGratitude Journal

What It Is: This app is a mobile journaling tool. Every day, it asks users to write down at least five things they're grateful for. There's also an option to add photos and ratings and even track the weather. At the end of one month, see if your attitude hasn't improved.
Why It's Cool: Gratitude is all the rage these days. Supposedly, the more thankful we are for the positive things in our lives, the happier we'll feel. This awesomely simple app makes it easy to see if that's true without lugging around a giant journal everywhere we go.
Cost: $0.99. Available for iOS.

calm appcalm

What It Is: True to its name, Calm is designed to reduce stress and bring a little more calm into users' lives. The app offers a seven-step program designed to give users the tools they need to become calmer, in addition to seven guided relaxation sessions (ranging from two to 30 minutes) and 10 beautiful nature scenes from which users can choose a calming background for their phone.
Why It's Cool: The guided relaxation sessions allow users to bring some zen into their life at any time throughout the day, and the two-minute option pretty much eliminates all excuses not to chill out. In a world where most signs scream “More! More! More!,” it’s great to have an app reminding us all that we can be happy right now, even with less.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Sleep CycleSleep Cycle

What It Is: Waking up is hard enough, but this app makes it a little less traumatic by analyzing users' sleep patterns and rousing them when they're in the lightest phase of sleep. Plus users get to go through troves of data showing how well (or poorly) they slept during the night.
Why It's Cool: Most sleep-tracking devices are pretty pricey and involve some fancy headgear. But Sleep Cycle's just about the app. Users place their smartphones in their beds and the app senses what phase of sleep they're in based on how much or little they're moving.
Cost: $0.99. Available for iOS.

Equanimity appEquanimity

What It Is: This sleek app was designed in 2009 with the goal of helping the world meditate. To that end, the app provides users with tools to time their sittings, journal post-meditation thoughts and observations, and track their meditation schedules via several useful graphs.
Why It's Cool: Easy tracking tools allow users to monitor their meditation schedule and quickly notice when they’re slipping out of a routine — which makes it that much easier to get back into one. The simple design helps users maintain their zen post-meditation. There are no wild graphics or unnecessary bells and whistles—well, except for the chimes (which users can set to go off during or at the end of ameditation session), but those are pretty cool too.
Cost: $4.99. Available for iOS.

Overall Wellness

Fig appFig

What It Is: This app is a no brainer. Create a plan from common wellness goals — drink water, take the stairs, call mom — then join a community, and share your journey with friends.
Why It's Cool: Users can invite friends to join a goal. Listed side effects: more happiness, deeper friendships, and additional physical vitality. With so many apps out there centered just on diet and exercise, Fig takes a more holistic approach.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

WellnessFXWellnessFX

What It Is: WellnessFX is supposed to be a platform for developing, maintaining, and sharing personal health goals. It's like a vitamin shop and doctor's office all rolled into one: Users can research different vitamins and supplements, track which one's they're using, and then let other people know how those supplement programs are going.
Why It's Cool: The app is designed for users already using Wellness FX services to track their health and wellness, as well as new users. It's perfect for anyone who wants to see if they're meeting the RDA for certain nutrients and keep track of other related aspects of health, like sleep and physical activity.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Lift appLift

What It Is: Everyone has their own health and fitness ambitions. Lift lets users track the goals most important to them. Want to stay accountable for walking 30 minutes a day, meditating, or getting in some greens? Lift has you covered.
Why It's Cool: Lift can compile a personalized report to let you know your progress on each and every goal.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

STD Triage appSTD Triage

What It Is: Worried you might have a sexually transmitted infection? STD Triage lets users to snap pictures of their genitals and send them off anonymously to a team of licensed dermatologists who can assess and return the results — discreetly.
Why It's Cool: STD Triage takes the guesswork out of getting diagnosed, not to mention limiting the embarrassment that can come from a "scare." Better results? Less awkwardness? Not a bad deal.
Cost: Free to download (results cost $9.99). Available for iOS.

Running and Cardio

Cruise Control

What It Is: Please don't stop the music. Cruise Control's an app that creates a music playlist that matches the user's cadence, target pace, or specific heartrate.
Why It's Cool: This app literally scans your music library to choose songs that'll help you reach your respective goals. And imagine running and having every beat of the music synch up exactly with your foot strike. How is that not cool?!
Cost: $4.99. Available for iOS.

Nike Running appNike+ Running

What It Is: Track distance, pace, time, and calories burned — then share those stats with friends (or the whole Nike running club online).
Why It's Cool: Users can get cheers in their headphones each time a friend "likes" or comments on their status. And on tougher runs, power through with Nike’s “powersong” and inspirational words from Nike athletes. The app also helps users earn “Nike Fuel,” Nike's latest metric for measuring progress and performance across all Nike+ devices.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Adroid.

couch25k appCouch to 5k

What It Is: Made for beginning runners, or those who need a little motivation to get back in the game, this app requires just 30 minutes a day, three days a week for eight weeks. An interactive coach motivates, as users log each session and share workouts with the running support community.
Why It's Cool: It's easy: this app is cool because it'll have you comfortably running a 5k in less than three months with step by step workouts.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

cardiio appCardiio

What It Is: Cardiio gives users insight into their health and fitness via one simple tool: heart rate monitoring. The app’s dashboard allows viewers to track their heart rate throughout the day, before and during various activities, and across the course of weeks, months, and years.
Why It's Cool: The app works by what can only be described as “magic” (or, you know, advanced technology). To measure their heart rates, users simply look straight into the front camera of their iPhone (4 or higher) — no chest straps or finger clips involved. The app also analyzes users’ heart rate data, assigns them a fitness level rating, allows them to set personal goals for their resting heart rate, and even estimates potential life expectancy.
Cost: $2.99. Available for iOS.

RunKeeper appRunKeeper

What It Is: Whether running, walking, or cross-country skiing, RunKeeper can track the duration, length, calories burned, and more of your favorite outdoor fitness activity.
Why It's Cool: Not only can users track their activities, but they can share their workouts on social media, connect with other users in the app, and analyze their data after hitting the showers.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Runtastic

What It Is: Runtastic is a personal tracking app for running, biking, and other   fitness activities that allows users to analyze and share data. 
Why It's Cool: From metrics to live mapping, performance analysis to social  media shares, the variety of features in this free app make running, well, just a lot more fun.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Mapmyfitness appMapMyFitness

What It Is: Use your phone's built-in GPS to track every aspect of your activity including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled. Save and upload workout data to MapMyFitness for a comprehensive workout history.
Why It's Cool: This app logs and saves more than just miles traveled: it's all about checking back on the exact route traveled on a specific run.
Cost: Free. Avaialble for iOS, Android, and Blackberry.

Zombies Run appZombies, Run!

What It Is: Run for your life! This action-packed app turns a jog in the park, or a run on the treadmill into a thrilling game (and the ability to turn it into a zombie chase).
Why It's Cool: Fitness turns into a real-live video game — save your base, and avoid the hordes of zombies while walking to work. Create custom playlists so the story unfolds through your favorite songs.
Cost: $3.99. ($1.99 for the 5k training app). Available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Social Good and Innovation

VolunteerMatch appVolunteerMatch

What It Is: VolunteerMatch brings the power of a giant online volunteer search engine straight to users' iPhones. The app allows users to search, review, and sign up for volunteer opportunities, bookmark cool service projects for later, and share volunteer activities with friends and family.
Why It's Cool: VolunteerMatch boasts an extensive database of volunteer opportunities designed to make doing good easy. Users simply type in their location, choose from a variety of interests, select the dates they're available to volunteer, and sign up — and voila, all that's left to do is get out there and help.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Instead appInstead

What It Is: Instead is a self-described “micro-donation app” that provides non-profits with the opportunity to create sustainable giving campaigns. Instead encourages people to live within or below their means so they have money left over to donate to the charity of their choice. Users make donations directly through the app. (Five percent of donations made through the app support Instead’s operational costs; the other 95 percent is donated to the chosen charity.)
Why It's Cool: The app makes giving easy for people everywhere, especially because it doesn’t require users to create an account in order to give. The user-friendly interface allows users to see which nonprofits are trending on the app and compare possible donations to potential purchases (so, for example, a user could choose to donate $4 to a charity instead of buying a large latte). Users who do sign up for accounts benefit from tax-deductible records, quicker use for future donations, and the ability to favorite star non-profits.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Charity Miles appCharity Miles

What It Is: Launched in 2012, Charity Miles is an app that tracks every mile you run, bike, or walk, and donates the results to charity on your behalf. Thanks to corporate sponsors, users don't have to open their wallet, they just need to get moving.
Why It's Cool: The app has partnered with big-name companies and causes to donate money on behalf of its users, as if they were sponsoring your run. Users just have to pick a cause and get going, no credit cards necessary.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Yog appYog

What It Is: Yog lets users create or join digital "runs" with friends across the globe, setting the distance, date, time, and even suggested playlists, all from your phone.
Why It's Cool: Yog basically lets you go for a run with anyone, no matter where they are on the planet. Each user's phone keeps track of their distance travelled with up-to-the-minute stats and leader boards while you run. It's literal puts community in the palm of your hand.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Intervals and Circuit Training

Sworkit appSworkit

What It Is: Leave your circuit-training routine up to Sworkit, an app that provides both customized and randomized circuit workouts for various muscle groups and lengths of time.
Why It's Cool: Users choose either strength training routines or yoga and stretching sequences. Detailed illustrations of each exercise help ensure proper form. People can also track their progress and set weekly goals.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android

Tabata Trainer appTabata Trainer

What It Is: Got four minutes? Then download this interval training app with pre-set and custom tabata training workouts.
Why It's Cool: Not only is Tabata Trainer super sleek — it also has an extenstive library of tabata workouts varying in difficultly, automatically logs your previous workouts, and lets users share their achievments on social media
Cost: $1.99. Available for iOS.

BitTimer appBit Timer

What It Is: Named "the simplest interval timer ever," Bit Timer is a timer that allows users to easily plug in the amount of rest, work, and repeats for their workout. 
Why It's Cool: Sometimes less is more, and with this super sleek and sexy app, Bit Timer leaves out the frills and gives people a super easy, clean way to time intervals. 
Cost: $0.99. Available for iOS.

Science and Medical

23andme app23andMe

What It Is: 23andme is brings personal genetics to anyone with a smartphone. The app asks all of its user simple sets of questions (for example, "Do you like to plan things in advance?") which are then compiled into a massive database of community insights. The app also allows users to pull up their genetic information and learn about genetics-related news.
Why It's Cool: Health and fitness are starting to go micro with more emphasis on our DNA and genetic makeup from a personal standpoint. The app is one of the first to make it easy to get involved.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Ginger.ioGinger.io

What It Is: Ginger.io is a behavioural analytics platform that collects all kinds of smartphone data (self-reported and passive) and turns it into potentially game-changing health data.
Why It's Cool: The app is still invite-only (boo), but it's pushing how we gain medical insights and learn about our own health. With patient consent, personal health data can be tracked and displayed for a healthcare provider or researcher to better heal or better learn from us all.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Mind and Brain

Lumosity Brain TrainerLumosity Brain Trainer

What It Is: The Brain Trainer app wants to become something like a gym for your brain. Developed by a team of neuroscientists, it features games that enhance memory, attention, and creativity.
Why It's Cool: Just by inputting stats like age and gender, users get personalized brain-training plans that target different areas of cognitive function. Then they can track how close they are to Einstein status with the Brain Performance Index. The app even lets users see how their sleep and mood affect their brainpower.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Khan AcademyKhan Academy

What It Is: If information wants to be free, then the Khan Academy is proof that education wants to be free as well. Khan Academy features hundreds of video classes on every subject imaginable with a light, easy tone and helpful visual aids. It even has a platform to help teachers bring the Academy's resources into the classroom.
Why It's Cool: The App puts all (yup, all) of those lessons in your hand with options to download specific videos and track your learning progress. Brain health is an important part of overall health and Khan Academy is paving a trail.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Windows Phone.

iCouchiCouch

What It Is: Here's a tool to help you cope with stressful situations, without having to trek all the way to a therapist's office. The app draws on strategies from the school of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an approach that focuses on shifting our thought patterns to be more positive.
Why It's Cool: This app is easy to use: All we have to do is input what happened and how it made us feel, and the app guides us through a process of thinking about how we could have reacted differently. The techniques users learn from using the app can supposedly help relieve anxiety, depression, and anger in the long term.
Cost: $1.99. Available for iOS.

Expereal

ExperealWhat It Is: The idea behind Expereal is to track your mood and see how it changes over time. The app sends reminders for users to rate how they're feeling on a scale of 1 to 10 and creates a graph showing the progression of their mood over the course of time.
Why It's Cool: Since humans are notoriously poor judges of how they felt just yesterday, this app is designed to give an accurate representation of our emotional state over time. There's an option to add text and pictures to every rating, so users can track patterns in what makes them feel swell, and what brings on a sour mood.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Yoga and Flexibility

Office Yoga appOffice Yoga

What It Is: This fun little app is a cubicle-friendly guide to zen out the workplace.
Why It's Cool: Need a yoga break without putting on stretchy pants? With super-simple and relevant instruction, Office Yoga is a perfect resource for cubicle-bound yogis who need a zen break before checking their email. (Seriously, aside from seriously stellar desk stretches, Office Yoga also offers an email meditation to clear the mind before tackling the inbox).
Cost: $0.99. Available for iOS.

Yoga Studio appYoga Studio

What It Is: Yoga Studio is a custom sequencing app that allows users to build their own yoga classes from their phones  complete with video and images for proper form on every pose.
Why It's Cool: Yoga Studio also lets users use their own music in their designed sequences (no more elevator music!), synch classes into their calendars, and customize how much instruction needed from the teacher (move over Chatty Cathy...)
Cost: $2.99. Available for iOS.

Pocket YogaPocket Yoga

What It Is: This app is a massively popular class-streaming tool that lets users take their practice — and some guided help — wherever they go.
Why It's Cool: Though similar to other “home studio” yoga apps, Pocket Yoga offers a few different, game-changing features. For starters, it’s compatible with Apple TV for easy home-streaming, offers a full English-to-Sanskrit dictionary, and lets users customize the backgrounds and environments of their yoga teacher avatars. But wait! There’s more! That’s right kids, Pocket Yoga doesn’t require an Internet connection, so it can be accessed anytime, anywhere the yoga inspiration strikes.
Cost: $2.99. Available for iOS

Weight Management

Lose It appLose It!

What It Is: Want to drop some pounds? Lose It! users get a customized weight loss plan and then use the app to track food, measure activity levels, and connect with peers for group support to reach their goals.
Why It's Cool: Lose It! can sync up with most of the popular fitness tracking devices and wireless scales on the market. It also has a large food database for easy reference.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS, Android, Kindle, and Nook.

cardiotrainerCardioTrainer

What It Is: An extention of the health-tech company Noom, this fitness tracker is part GPS, part pedometer, and part trainer.
Why It's Cool: Noom's CardioTrainer has some fun little features like autopause, to pause a workout at stoplights, and real-time voice feedback about users' distance, time, pace, and calories burned.
Cost: Free. Availabe for Android.

Withings appWithings

What It Is: Withings draws on the basics to monitor wellness. The clear display helps users monitor weekly progress toward long-term goals. Withings also helps keep track of other stats, such as blood pressure and sleep, via other apps like RunKeeper, Bodymedia, and Zeo.
Why It's Cool: The "Health Mate" sends funny, supporting messages to pump users up to exercise. The display shows a butterly with four quadrants (weight, activity, heart, and sleep) that grows and shrinks depending on how healthy users are at that moment.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Weight Watchers Mobile appWeight Watchers Mobile

What It Is: This app puts the entire Weight Watchers experience in your hand including calorie and activity trackers, meal and recipes ideas, personal analytics, and more.
Why It's Cool: Even though Weight Watchers isn't for everyone, the app is doing just about everything right when it comes to mobile health. There is enough data to help track progress without getting bogged down in charts, providing a nice balance of personal data with actionable tips that make better choices easier and also meaningful. There is also a companion app that can scan barcodes to provide health information on the go.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

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