It’s the last thing you look at before going to sleep and the first thing you reach for when you wake up in the morning (probably because it’s also your alarm clock); from sharing photos with friends and keeping in touch with family to paying bills and booking travel, your smartphone has become an integral part of your everyday life.
A recent report from Business Insider estimates that smartphone users spend anywhere from one to two hours on their devices every day.
These stats aren’t really all that surprising, but what if, instead of texting, playing candy crush and double tapping every photo posted on Instagram, we spent more time using our phones and tablets in a more meaningful way, like to get fit or develop more healthy habits?
Given all the different health, fitness and wellness apps on the market, it’s not such a farfetched idea. You can use free apps to learn about everything from working out and meal planning to nutrition and sleeping habits.
In fact, these apps go beyond teaching. Many of them show you exactly what to do and provide feedback to help you improve and move closer towards your health and fitness goals. It’s basically like having a personal trainer, only it’s free and you can fit it in your pocket.
Here’s a peak at our ten favorite (and free) health and fitness apps for iPhone.
Fitocracy helps you set fitness goals and log your workouts so you can keep track of your progress. But it’s so much more than your run of the mill workout app. What makes Fitocracy unique is its incredibly enthusiastic community of users; it’s like having your own personal cheer squad and trainer in one. With this app you can plan and log workouts, follow other users for inspiration and motivation and unlock achievements based on your goals to help visualize your progress. That’s not all, though. You’ll gain access to free workout plans for all levels and you can join virtual teams that are led by real trainers who will provide personalized workouts and nutritional guides.
Strava is a GPS app that runners and cyclists can use to track their workouts. In addition to providing you with stats like your distance, pace, speed and elevation gained, Strava also has its own social network which you can use to connect with other athletes. The app will log your personal records and post your stats on leaderboards so you can compare your hard work with your friends, other locals and even elite athletes. You can also use it to find new running and cycling routes and join monthly challenges to help keep you motivated. “Everyone I know uses it and we all track each other on it,” one user wrote in a review. “So even if we aren't riding together we can still feed on each other’s work...it's a strange kind of motivation, but it works!