At Directive Health, we strive to be a resource and guide in helping you make the right decisions about your health. It is plain and simple – our company is comprised of industry experts, award-winning medical professionals, and passionate individuals who care a lot about the democratization of healthcare, and we want to share our knowledge to achieve health equity.
2023 is happening, and there is no better time to take control of your physical and mental health. One way to drive change is to use a digital tool to make your health journey easy, intuitive, affordable, and accurate. We have reviewed many personal health apps and are excited to share our top 10. First, we used the criterion to determine what apps made it on the list.
- Cost – We know you have a lot of competing priorities about where to spend your paycheck. That is why we list the awardees’ app price so you can make the right decision for you and your health.
- Ease & Interface – Nothing is worse than having to google how to navigate a mobile app. It should flow…like water. We appreciated the user interface of the award winners and had your time in mind when we picked the apps listed below.
And in no particular order…Our Top 10 Personal Health Apps Advancing Health Equity Winners!
HealthTap is $15/month, and visit costs start at $44
Health Tap is a nationwide virtual primary care clinic. Founded in 2010, this app even lets you text with your doctor.
Mental health is just as crucial as physical health. The Talkspace app connects you with licensed therapists from your home. It couldn’t be easier to connect with the care you need to navigate the ups and downs of your life.
Sleep Cycle $30/year
Research shows that sleep matters! The quality and duration of your sleep can impact your mental and physical health. The more worn down you and your body are from junk sleep, the more likely you are to be irritable, which can impact your physical health. It can even lead to diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure to name a few. For $30/year, the app listens and tracks your sleep and then provides data and suggestions to improve your sleep!
Weight Watchers starts a $10/month.
Forget calorie counting with this app. Instead, track and earn points regarding your fitness and eating habits. Moderation is king with this app, and our favorite feature is the over 20,000 recipes to help you stay on track to achieve your ideal weight.
Water makes everything better! Use this app to send you gentle reminders, track your water consumption, and it syncs with Apple Watches. Drinking water was never more fun!
Nike Training Club free to $15/month
The Nike Training Club app offers a variety of workouts, ranging from high-intensity interval training to yoga and mobility exercises. The app has a library of over 200 workouts, all of which can be done from the comfort of your own home. The app also provides personalized workout plans and a community feature that allows you to connect with other users and join challenges.
MyFitnessPal $9.99.month or $49.00/annual
MyFitnessPal is a popular app that allows users to track their diet and exercise. The app features a comprehensive database of over 6 million foods, making it easy to log your meals and monitor your calorie intake. The app also offers a barcode scanner feature that allows you to quickly input nutrition information from packaged foods. Additionally, MyFitnessPal integrates with other fitness apps to provide a complete picture of your health and fitness.
Fitbit free to $9.99/month or $80/year
Fitbit is a leading fitness tracking app that syncs with Fitbit’s wearable devices. The app provides real-time data on your daily activity, including steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned. It also tracks your sleep patterns, heart rate, and other health metrics. The app offers personalized recommendations to help you reach your fitness goals and a community feature that allows you to connect with other Fitbit users. THAT said, their devices have become more accessible in cost, so they are possibly worth the investment if you are still on the fence!
Headspace free $12.99 per month with a free 7-day trial, or get 14 days free with a $69.99 annual subscription
Headspace is a meditation app that offers a range of guided meditations, from basic mindfulness exercises to sleep-specific meditations. The app also provides tools to help you manage stress and anxiety, including breathing exercises and visualization techniques. Regular meditation can help reduce stress, improve focus and concentration, and promote better sleep, making it an essential part of any fitness routine. No one ever considers mental health as being on par with physical health when these types apps are discussed, but it is time for that to change!
Strava $11.99/month or $79.99/year
Strava is a popular app among runners and cyclists that tracks your workout data and provides detailed analytics on your performance. The app tracks your distance, pace, and elevation, and allows you to compete against other users on specific routes. The app also offers personalized training plans to help you achieve your fitness goals. Even if you want to use it for walking, it is worth a spot on your smartphone.
Lookout Award: Directive Health
Wouldn’t having your medical history, prescription info, and insurance info in an easy-to-understand and shareable format be great? Well, Directive Health has you covered. We are being cryptic on purpose because more info will be coming later this year about how YOU can have access to all of those things and more at your fingertips. More data + less anxiety = greater health equity. Stay tuned!
Congrats to these health equity champions! These personal health apps offer a range of features that can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, inside and out. Whether you’re looking to track your workouts, monitor your diet, or reduce stress, there is an app that can help. So, download one or more of these apps and start taking steps towards a healthier you.
Did we miss any? Drop us a comment below with your favorite personal health app. Who knows, it may end up on our next Best of the Best winner list.
Here’s to a healthier and happier you.