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Lifestyle Apps for Better Health

Free easy-to-use phone apps boost your well-being, help manage weight, sharpen your mind, and more.

For many boomers, convenience and simplicity are requirements for any new phone app being considered. If you’re looking to improve your health without a lot of expenditure or travel involved, we have great news for you. We’ve compiled a list of popular lifestyle apps for better health and wellness rated by users this year. Best of all, these apps are all free. Sure, most offer in-app purchases if you want to add more functionality but you can get a lot of benefit by just using the free version. Simply download from Google Play or the App Store and you’re good to go. It’s never too late to start improving your lifestyle!

MyFitnessPal

Android| iPhone

Over 225 million users manage their weight, fitness, and nutrition for free using the MyFitnessPal app. There are over 11 million foods listed in its database, making it the world’s largest compilation. Along with tracking food and counting calories for weight loss, you can keep a journal of all your steps and exercise. The app helps you make healthier food choices and can personalize your experience with your own food, recipes, meals, and saved favorites. Based on your settings, the app will help you achieve your goal. A vibrant app community helps keep you motivated and provides tips and support.

Headspace: Meditation and Sleep

Android| iPhone

If you like meditation or want to learn, the Headspace app is just for you. Meditation is known to help keep you focused, boosts compassionate behavior, eases stress, and makes you feel better. Sounds like something we all could use. The app’s guided meditations only take a few minutes a day. It comes with hundreds of sessions on physical health, personal growth, stress management, and anxiety relief.

Luminosity

Android| iPhone

Here’s an app most of us boomers can really use. Luminosity is a fun, interactive way to help keep our brains sharp. Its science-based games help to exercise memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem-solving. Give your brain a workout with games and puzzles designed to boost core cognitive skills. You can gain insight on your strengths, weaknesses, and cognitive patterns. Plus, you receive an analysis of your game play connecting to daily life. It starts with a free 10-minute Fit Test to set your baseline scores and compares them with others your age. With personalized tracking of your training habits and preferences, you can learn how your mind works.

First Aid – American Red Cross

Android| iPhone

Would you know what to do if you find yourself in an emergency situation? ComplexTech calls the First Aid app by American Red Cross “one of the 10 apps that can save your life during a natural disaster.” You are guided through first aid scenarios through easy-to-follow videos and animations. Get safety tips and learn about emergency preparations for severe winter weather, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Access 911 anytime within the app. Be prepared for what life brings!

White Noise Lite

Android| iPhone

Want better sleep? You’ve got it with this handy app. White Noise Lite can help relax you and reduce your stress level so you can experience improved sleep. The app blocks out distracting noise by generating sounds over a wide range of frequencies. Noise interruptions are masked so you can stop counting sheep and sleep like a baby. Speaking of baby, White Noise Lite has been found to pacify restless babies. The app can help soothe headaches and migraines, and even helps to mask tinnitus. With over 40 sounds to choose from, you’re in for a good night’s rest. Sweet dreams!

Shopwell

Android| iPhone

Now you can shop and make better food choices at your grocery store with ShopWell. You can build a personal food profile consisting of dietary goals, health concerns, allergies and dislikes. With a quick scan of a food item, you can see if the nutritional information matches your needs or if there’s a better match for you to discover. Receive support and alerts for food allergies and certain health conditions like high cholesterol, diabetes, pregnancy, and anemia. Over 2.5 million shoppers use the app for instant food information.

Charity Miles

Android| iPhone

This amazing app not only helps to improve your health, it also earns money for charity whenever you walk, run, dance, or bike. Charity Miles has a large user community that has already raised over $2.5 million for charitable causes. You don’t have to do a lot of physical exercise to raise money, just doing normal movements like walking your dog or doing your daily activities is enough to earn money for charity. The app works like a meter. Simply start and stop your workout or activity to track your distance. For every mile you move, donation money is earned from a pool of corporate sponsors. With over 40 charities to choose from, it’s easy to start earning for your favorite cause.

Drugs.com Medication Guide

Android| iPhone

This popular app helps you keep track of your personal medication records. Looking up drug information is quick and easy. The Drugs.com app provides consumer information and FDA alerts, checks for drug interactions, and helps you identify pills. You’ll have access to the largest online medication database listing over 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and natural products.

Want more? Be sure to check out our article on the top-rated Calm app. At Throomers, we enjoy informing our readers of cool and useful products and services that help enhance a thriving lifestyle.