There’s an app for that! Our favourite health apps in 2018 to get you on track

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Want to improve your mental health, lose weight, or make a doctor’s appointment in just a couple of minutes? There’s an app for that, of course. The trouble is, which app should you choose?

With over two million apps to choose from, smartphone users have an overwhelming wealth of information at their fingertips. We’ve put together a list of some of 2018’s best health apps to help you stay on track with your health goals this year.

Remember that no health app can ever replace your doctor. These apps are meant to be part of a healthy lifestyle and not your only source of information or support.

Mental Health

Mental health apps can help reinforce the treatment plan your doctor has developed for you. It’s a good idea to check with your health professional before incorporating an app into your mental health management plan.

What’s Up (Free)

This app was developed by ReachOut, Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people. It draws on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to give users practical tools to help manage symptoms of mental illness.

https://au.reachout.com/tools-and-apps/whats-up

Twenty-Four Hours a Day ($9.99)

Designed by Healthline for people in recovery from addiction, this app generates daily meditations and messages of support.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/twenty-four-hours-a-day-recovery-meditations/id389029534?mt=8

Black Dog Snapshot (Free)

Mental health organisation The Black Dog Institute created this app to help adults monitor daily symptoms of depression and anxiety.

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/getting-help/self-help-tools-apps/snapshot

BeyondNow (Free)

Depression and anxiety organisation BeyondBlue created this app to support suicide prevention. Users can carry their safety plan with them at all times and share it with a support network.

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/beyondnow-suicide-safety-planning

Fitness

Whether you’re into intense, high-energy workouts or something more low-impact, there’s a fitness app out there for you.

Down Dog (Free with paid options available)

The #1 rated at-home yoga app offers a range of difficulty levels, practice types, and time frames. A new workout is generated every time.

https://www.downdogapp.com/

Nike Training Club (Free)

Choose from over 10 workouts and customise your own fitness plan. Exercise alongside video workouts with Nike athletes like Serena Williams.

https://www.nike.com/au/en_gb/c/nike-plus/training-app

7 Minute Workout (Free)

Don’t have much time to exercise? Sculpt your body in seven minutes with these circuit-style workouts designed by an exercise physiologist.

https://7minuteworkout.jnj.com/

Aaptiv (Subscription-based)

Aaptiv is an audio-based fitness app with on-demand classes. Get the motivation of music and a personal trainer with the flexibility of choosing your own schedule.

https://aaptiv.com/

Nutrition

Eating healthy isn’t always as easy as it looks. Use these apps to become better-informed about what you’re putting on your table—and in your body.

FoodSwitch (Free)

Scan products at the supermarket and the app will generate a list of similar, but healthier, choices. Created by Bupa and The George Institute for Global Health.

https://www.bupa.com.au/health-and-wellness/tools-and-apps/mobile-apps/foodswitch-app

Paprika Recipe Manager 3 ($7.99)

Meal planning is made easy with this app, which lets you save recipes from anywhere on the web. The app even sorts ingredients into categories that correspond to supermarket sections.

https://www.paprikaapp.com/

Nutrients ($8.99)

Previously called ‘Foodle,’ this app is your go-to for finding out the nutritional value of food items. Wondering how much sugar is in that banana, or how many carbs in a slice of bread? Nutrients has the answer.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/nutrients-nutrition-facts/id396836856?mt=8

Weight Loss (Fitness + Nutrition)

If weight loss is your goal, look for apps that combine fitness and nutrition with a dose of motivation thrown in. Here are some of our favourites.

LoseIt! (Free and premium plans available)

Track your exercise and food intake with this popular app, which helps you work towards a set goal. Users can access a weight loss community for extra inspiration and support.

https://www.loseit.com/

Am I Hungry? ($4.49)

Practice mindful eating with Am I Hungry?, an app that helps you work out what you’re really craving.

https://amihungry.com/marketplace/mindful-eating-virtual-coach-app/

LifeSum (Free)

Monitor your food and exercise habits to stay focused on your weight-loss goals. The app provides feedback and encouragement along the way.

https://lifesum.com/

General Wellness

Three great apps to help monitor and manage your overall wellness, from sleep patterns to digestive health.

Sleep Cycle (Free)

Tired of being jolted awake by your alarm? Sleep cycle monitors your sleep patterns to ease you awake as gently as possible.

https://www.sleepcycle.com/

Cara Food, Mood, Poop Tracker (Free)

An app that helps you connect the dots between what you eat and how you feel. Figure out which foods have a positive or negative impact on your physical and mental state.

https://cara-app.com/

Calm (subscription-based)

The App Store’s 2017 app of the year is still hot in 2018. It’s a go-to for users who want better sleep through meditation.

https://www.calm.com/

Booking Appointments

Tired of sitting on hold and getting the worst appointment times? With these booking apps, you can select from several different appointment times and find a doctor near you.

HealthEngine (Free)

Book an appointment with a doctor near you. See appointment times and choose from a database of over 8,000 doctors.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/healthengine/id498446578?mt=8

13SICK (Free)

Skip the phone queue and book an at-home doctor visit with the 13SICK app.

https://homedoctor.com.au/get-the-app

HotDoc (Free)

HotDoc lets you book an appointment with your usual doctor. You can also book appointments for family members.

https://www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/