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20 Apps To Make You Healthier

20 Apps To Make You Healthier

As the new year approaches, chances are, you’ve made a promise to yourself to get into shape or at least be more health conscious in 2015. Luckily, you can do so by taking advantage of your cell phone, computer, and other devices to get apps that are going to help you make good on your resolution this time. So we’ve compiled 20 of the best options out there for you to get up and moving.

Intervals and Circuit Training

1. Power20

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    This is a 20-minute, full-body workout that can be customized to meet your needs and fitness abilities, while still being challenging. You will receive tips with each challenge through videos and infographics. Power20 costs $2.99, and is available for iOS.

    2. Tabata Trainer

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      This is based on the 4-minute Tabata training method, and features pretty intense workouts. Use pre-loaded workouts, or customize your own. Enjoy voice feedback on all of the exercises so you know you are doing them right. This app costs $1.99, and is available for iOS.

      3. Seconds Pro

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        This is an interval timer that can be customized to create simple circuit workouts. This app has iPod integration, so you can assign your favorite playlists or songs to individual timer intervals. It costs $4.99, and is available for iOS.

        4. SworkIt Pro

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          This bodyweight-based app for circuit training will help you isolate certain body parts to work on, and customize your workouts. There are 12 pre-loaded workouts for anyone to use, no matter what your fitness level. This app costs $.99, and is available for iOS and Android.

          Fitness, Strength and Health Protection

          5. Gain Fitness

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            This is a personal trainer app that has over 1,300 exercises, HD motion images, and voice commands. You tell the app your fitness goals, and it provides you with the routines that will help you meet those goals that use the equipment you already have. Gain Firness is free, and available for iOS.

            6. Fitness Fast

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              You can choose from pre-loaded or customized workouts that target key muscle groups. You can take photos of yourself, log them, and then watch your progress. You will have detailed charts that graph reps, sets, weight loss, calories burned, and more. FitnessFast costs $.99, and is available for iOS.

              7. Cody

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                This free for iOS app lets you join a fitness community where you can learn new workouts and share some with others, while gaining some tips for yourself in return. You will meet new friends, and follow old ones with their own workout progress.

                8. Calculator

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                  You may be wondering why we are including an insurance app here. If you don’t have proper insurance, and you are injured in an accident, you may not be able to afford the health care you need. Visit this beautiful web-based app to calculate insurance rates and get the best policies.

                  9. FitStar

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                    Work out with NFL star and personal trainer Tony Gonzalez. You can customize your workouts for your own fitness goals, and you will always be challenged with new moves. This app is free for iOS.

                    Running and Cardio

                    10. Spring/Spring Moves

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                      Why not put a little bit of fun into your running? This app takes tracks from your playlists, and lets you add some rhythm to your running. It provides GPS and distance, time, and calorie tracking. Plus, your playlist is customized to your running rhythm. It is free for iOS.

                      11. PUMATRAC

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                        This app tracks your distance, pace, and how many calories you burn. It also analyzes your behaviors, and shows you how to get the most from your workouts. You can even use a feature that lets you know which days you tend to run your best. PUMATRAC is free for iOS.

                        12. Boston Marathon World Run

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                          You don’t have to be in Boston to take part in the annual marathon when you have this app. All you have to do is pledge to run, walk, or wheel any distance, and at any time. You can interact with Boston Marathon athletes, and even receive a finisher’s certificate and Facebook medal. The Boston Marathon World Run app is free, and is available for both iOS and Android.

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                          Cycling

                          13. Strava

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                            Turn training into a fun game, using this cycling tracking app. You can interact with other cyclists as you challenge them to rides. Check on the progress of your friends, and offer support to help them reach their goals. When you set personal records, you earn King or Queen of the Mountain honors. This app is free, and available for iOS and Android.

                            14. RoadID

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                              When you use this app, others can find you if you are out cycling, running or walking..All they need is a browser and your username, and they can monitor not only your cycling progress, but also your safety. This app is great to have for personal safety, and you can add as many as three emergency contacts. RoadID is free, and available for iOS.

                              15. Cyclometer GPS

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                                Cyclometer GPS has – big surprise – GPS that maps your routes, and it also has a tracker that manages your laps and intervals. By using this app, you can keep your hands on the handlebars, and still know when you are supposed to start and stop cycling through your earphone remote. This app costs $4.99, and is available for iOS.

                                Weight Management

                                16. MyFitnessPal

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                                  This is calorie-tracking app that has a huge database with more than three million types of food. There is even a cardio and strength tracker with 350 exercises you can do. Enter recipes and find out the nutritional content, while using MyFitnessPal to track nutritional information on everything you eat. This app is free, and available for Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows Phone.

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                                  17. LoseIt!

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                                    If you are trying to lose weight, LoseIt! can likely help. It will track your calories, and set up a personalized weight loss plan. Enter your goals, and you will receive a customized plan that will work for your lifestyle. There is even a barcode scanning feature that lets you get nutritional information for the foods you eat. This is a free app, and it is available for iOS, Kindle, Nook, and Android.

                                    Diet and Nutrition

                                    18. HealthyOut

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                                      If you like to eat out, but are worried about fat and calories, this app can help. It will let you know which restaurant foods are the healthiest. You can find low-calorie, low-carb, low-fat, high-protein and even low-sodium choices for any diet. HealthyOut is free, and available for iOS and Android.

                                      19. Allergy Food Translator

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                                        If you have food allergies, but you love to travel, you are in luck. This app will translate 62 different food languages into different languages, so you can eat anywhere without having to worry. It will tell you which foods to avoid, so you don’t have any allergy attacks, which can be deadly if not treated quickly. This app costs $2.99, and is available for iOS.

                                        20. Fooducate

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                                          Use this app to scan barcodes and get the nutritional information for any food product. It will also tell you healthier alternatives, and track your calories and exercise. Fooducate is free, and available for iOS and Android.

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                                          Last Updated on June 17, 2019

                                          40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

                                          40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

                                          Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                          There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                          Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                          It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone (all categorized based on their functions) to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                          For Getting Things Done

                                          1. OmniFocus

                                          This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                          Download it here.

                                            2. Forest

                                            Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                            Download it here.

                                              3. Things

                                              Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                              Download it here.

                                                4. 30/30

                                                Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                                , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  5. Any.Do

                                                  A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                    This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      7. Asana

                                                      We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                      , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                      Download it here.

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                                                        8. ToDoist

                                                        This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          9. FlowTasks

                                                          From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            10. Calendars 5

                                                            This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                              A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                12. Due

                                                                A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  13. Checkmark 2

                                                                  I use this app

                                                                  for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    14. TeuxDeux

                                                                    Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      15. Wunderlist 

                                                                      Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                      Download it here.

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                                                                        16. Nirvana

                                                                        For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          17. Priorities

                                                                          An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            For Building Habits

                                                                            18. Productive

                                                                            With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                              You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                20. Streaks

                                                                                This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  21. Remember The Milk

                                                                                  Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    22. Day One Journal

                                                                                    When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      For Files Organization

                                                                                      23. Evernote

                                                                                      Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        24. Pocket

                                                                                        You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                        Download it here.

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                                                                                          25. Sync.Me

                                                                                          This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            26. Droplr

                                                                                            One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              27. Dropbox

                                                                                              Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                28. iDolly 

                                                                                                In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                                Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  29. Soulver

                                                                                                  It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    For Working Smarter

                                                                                                    30. Captio

                                                                                                    A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      31. Drafts

                                                                                                      A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                        This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

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                                                                                                          33. Doodle

                                                                                                          This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                            I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                              A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                36. GoodReader

                                                                                                                This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                                  Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                    For Improving Security

                                                                                                                    38. 1Password

                                                                                                                    There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                      39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                      You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                      All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                        40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                        Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                          There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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