Ever since the introduction of smartphones, health apps and gadgets have gain a lot of popularity, especially among the younger crowds. And every year, the market gets flooded with the newest, coolest and trendiest.
These health technologies are designed to analyze your progress and keep track of your health and workout status, so that you know exactly what you need to do to achieve your goals.
The problem is that there are thousands of health apps and gadgets on the market, so it can be a nightmare trying to find the right ones to use. Below is a list of 8 of the top health apps and gadget of 2014.
1. Workout Trainer
This workout app is one of the top grossing health and fitness apps in the Google Play Store. Developed by Skimble, Workout Trainer is free to use. However, the more advanced workouts will cost you some money. The good news is that this app has a vast library of free workouts. Workout Trainer motivates users by requiring them to chose the intensity of workouts as well as duration. Furthermore, users are presented with goals and objectives to give them a clear idea of what they want to achieve. One cool thing about this app is that you can view a video demonstration of each exercise via YouTube. This app also has a feature that allows you to share you workouts on Twitter and Facebook.
2. Nike Training Club
This health and fitness app is another very popular app that is free to use. Nike Training Club is focused more toward women. However, many of the exercises are challenging enough to satisfy anyone’s desire to get in shape. This app allows you to choose individual workouts or a four week workout program. You can also customize workouts to satisfy your workout needs. There are over 100 workouts created by Nike Master Trainers and professional athletes. You even have access to workouts from yoga instructors and celebrities. Step-by-step videos are included and you can share your progress with your friends via Twitter and Facebook.
3. Fitbit Flex
Workout gadgets aren’t going away anytime soon because more people are using them every year. One of the most popular workout gadgets is Fitbit Flex. This gadget is super easy to use and does a good job of tracking your mileage, steps, and calories burned. It can also track your sleep patterns and you can even use it as an alarm. Fitbit Flex can last up to 5 days on a single charge and only takes a few hours to charge. A brand new Fitbit Flex will cost you over $100.
4. Spree Headband
Unlike most workout gadgets, Spree Headband is worn around the head instead of the wrist. The headband has a removable module, which connects to an iOS app through Bluetooth technology. This health and wellness gadget has the ability to measure your body’s temperature and heart rate, and record how much calories you are burning during the day. If you sweat a lot from your forehead, this gadget will come in handy for the reason that it prevents sweat from getting in your eyes. All the data collected from Spree Headband can be viewed in real time on your smartphone. A brand new Spree Headband will cost you at least $299, which is more expensive than most workout gadgets.
5. Fooducate Healthy Weight Loss
If you are looking for an app that can help you lose weight while at the same time educating you on how to choose healthy food, Fooducate Healthy Weight Loss is an app that you need to check out. Besides tracking the progress of your weight loss, this app has the ability to scan a food product’s barcode and show you its nutrition grade level and give you healthy alternatives. It also has the feature to tell you if a food product contains unhealthy ingredients, such as MSG, GMO, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, and other harmful ingredients. The nice thing about this app is that it is free to download.
6. Simply Organic
This free recipe app for the iPhone and iPod Touch has over 1,000 natural and organic recipes to boost your health. Besides displaying recipes, Simply Organic also allows you to create quick shopping lists, find the nearest stores to shop ingredients for your Simply Organic recipes, and download coupons to help you save money when you purchase Simply Organic products.
Unlike most food scanning technology, TellSpec actually has the ability to scan the chemical content of any food using beams of light instead of laser. This health gadget utilizes DPL and spectroscopy technology to analyze the food and sends the data from your computer, tablet, or smartphone to the TellSpec servers for further analysis. This process occurs in less than 3 seconds. Once the analysis is done, you can view it on your computer, tablet, or smartphone and decide if the food is healthy to eat. If you have allergies, this technology may be very useful for helping you to avoid certain food ingredients. TellSpec is scheduled to hit the market later this year. The price is expected to cost more than $300.
8. Zombie 5k Training
Zombies, Run! turns your daily run into a super fun game. Version one offers over one hundred “missions”, “Zombie Chase” interval training and the option of incorporating your own personal music. The Zombie 5k Training app will help get you ready for the zombie apocalypse with eight weeks of structured training, step by step instructions to help you be prepared and your training program incorporated into a riveting storyline. You also have the option to train with your own tunes. Training for your first 5k has never been more fun!
For more insights, resources, and free stuff check out the following from our great friend and personal trainer, Kusha Karvandi:
- FREE Chapter from our book Nutriscribe: Adaptive Nutrition
- Exerscribe: The Adaptive Workout App
- The Official Exerscribe Blog