We don’t think you need to use the new year to make a resolution to better yourself—you can do that any time. But if you recently decided to upgrade your eating habits, take up a new exercise routine, or work on your Zen—more power to you. To support your endeavours, check out these 15 apps that our students swear by.
Lose It! by FitNow, Inc.
Lose It! is great for checking and tracking your food’s nutritional information. You can also connect with family and friends who use the app to get extra support. Are you the competitive type? This app has a challenge feature where you can compete with people or work together toward a common goal.
“Lose It! breaks down all my meals and lets me know if what I’m eating will help me stay within my daily goals. The app also has a scan feature that scans the barcode of a food product and pulls up the nutritional information; it makes it super easy to input when I’m on the go!”
—Martin M., third-year student, San Bernardino Valley College, California, US
Carrot Rewards by Carrot Insights Inc.
The world’s first national wellness rewards platform, Carrot Rewards is Canada’s most popular wellness app. Earn points for SCENE, Aeroplan, Petro-Points, RBC, and others by taking short healthy living quizzes and walking.
Waterlogged by Day Logger, Inc.
Drinking enough water each day is great for your skin, hair, and health. Are you drinking enough? With this app, you can track how much water you drink to make sure you reach your daily goal.
Whether you eat meat, are vegetarian or vegan, or are gluten-free, MyPlate offers healthy recipes for meals and snacks based on your dietary preference. You can also chat with others with the same health goals as you have within the app. The follow-along workouts are an added bonus.
“I have a tendency to overeat or undereat, and MyPlate helps me regulate my consumption of food. It really helps me make sure I have a balanced diet.”
—Caroline B., fourth-year undergraduate, University of Delaware, US
Headspace by Headspace, Inc.
Headspace uses relatable cartoons to illustrate meditation principles and mindfulness techniques so you can feel calm and balanced all day, every day.
“Headspace helped me a lot when I needed to take five. It also reminds you when you should meditate. The app isn’t just to help you stay calm, but it helps you get your thoughts under control and not [have] your thoughts controlling you.”
—Tyanna W., fourth-year undergraduate student, Georgia Gwinnett College, US
Sleep Cycle alarm clock by Sleep Cycle AB
This innovative app tracks your sleep and movement patterns, and it wakes you at the best time—when you’re in a light phase of sleep—so that you wake up feeling refreshed.
“Did Sleep Cycle alarm clock have me springing out of bed when the alarm went off? Sadly, no. However, after a few days of using it, I didn’t feel the need to hit snooze several times and actually felt more alert during my morning routine, as opposed to doing everything with my eyes half open. The app even calculated my sleep quality percentage. It was terrible, btw. Shocker!”
—Alexis A., third-year undergraduate student, University of Maryland, US
Calm by Calm.com
Lower your stress and anxiety or get better sleep with these guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, and relaxing music. The app is recommended by top psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts. Many students said this was one of their favourite apps in a recent Student Health 101 survey. Note: You’ll need to pay for a subscription to access all the content.
“Enjoy a relaxing meditation session, a hypnotic sleep story, or even just comforting background sounds while you study. Calm is the amazing app that helped me make it through those crazy school weeks, and I’m sure it will help you too!”
—Enrique C., fourth-year undergraduate, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador
Just 6 Weeks by Alexander Lomakin
This line of apps works well for students looking to reach specific exercise goals. The app coaches you through pushups, sit-ups, dips, squats, and pull-ups, all while providing helpful workout reminders and great visuals.
Endomondo Sports Tracker by Endomondo.com
This popular fitness app covers every angle of your workout, from the tunes you play to the trails you run. The app even gives audio feedback during your workout—to motivate you like a trainer would.
Daily Yoga by Daily Yoga Software Technology Co. Ltd
Need to get your Namaste on? Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, these poses target core strength, flexibility, and balance. They also focus on the mind/body connection, helping you de-stress.
“I love taking a break from studying and getting in a quick yoga routine without having to trek to the gym. It’s the best way to recoup when I’ve hit a rut, and it’s cheaper than a membership too!”
—Sadie P., second-year undergraduate, University of Portland, Oregon, US
Instant Heart Rate by Azumio, Inc.
Monitoring your heart rate is important for cardio and interval training. With this app, you can track your resting and exercising heart rates and heart rate recovery time.
Fitness Buddy by Azumio, Inc.
If you’re looking for detailed explanations and exercise demos, this app is one of the best. It includes step-by-step photos and videos of more than 1,700 exercises.
MyFitnessPal by MyFitnessPal
This super-popular app offers tools for weight and physical activity management. There are food and exercise trackers, message boards, and other useful functions to help you keep track of what you’re eating and how much, and how it affects you physically (and mentally).
“MyFitnessPal has been very helpful for me personally, encouraging me to be more physically active and more aware of how I can improve my eating habits. Being a university student, I know that we all typically have a very busy schedule and often need help staying on track with our physical activity and eating habits.”
—Brianne S., fourth-year undergraduate student, University of Windsor, Ontario
The Walk by Six to Start
The Walk turns an everyday stroll into a game, all while tracking your steps. Before you head out, choose an episode and then walk to find the clues. The more you walk, the more clues are revealed, and the closer you get to saving the world.
Human by Mapbox, Inc. and Humanco, Inc.
This fitness app uses a more casual approach, encouraging you to get your “Daily 30” minutes of physical activity, whenever and however you want. As long as you’re active for more than a minute, Human will track your movement and let you know when you’ve reached your goal.