Top 5 Health Apps for Expats

11 April 2013



Everyone wants to stay fit and healthy, but some of us need more encouragement to remain on top of health and fitness regimes especially if you are constantly on the move or recently relocated overseas.


Now your phone can give you that extra push you need to keep on track with a slew of apps dedicated to health and fitness. Mobile apps can help you with everything from taking prescription medication to monitoring your fitness progress to even helping your sleeping habits!


The recently launched Mango Health app is a fantastic innovation in mobile health apps as it incorporates gaming tactics and applies them to ensuring you stick to your medication and supplement schedule. Basically you can you can win various rewards, such as discount vouchers and gift certificates when you take your medication on time, giving you the extra incentive to maintain your medication schedule. What’s more it keeps record of when you take your medications and will also alert you if there are any potentially dangerous drug interactions with food, drinks or other medications and supplements.


So if you find it hard to adhere to your prescription schedule, Mango Health is the app for you and available now on iOS, but unfortunately only available to those with accounts linked to the US app store.[/caption]


But there are plenty more mobile applications available to ensure your continued health, especially as an expat. Here are more great health and fitness apps to check out:


  • The Eatery: This is a food tracker that aims to help you improve your eating habits. It isn’t a simple calorie counter, and gives you a more holistic view of how you are eating so you can see the strengths and weaknesses of your eating habits by just taking a quick photo of your food.



  • MyFitnessPal: MyFitnessPal is a diet and fitness app that helps you monitor your progress and achieve your weight loss goals. It can also work similar to a social network, which means your friends can encourage you stay on track. It also offers access to one of the largest nutrition and calorie database with over 1 million food items.



  • BabyBump Pregnancy Pro: For expectant mothers, BabyBump is the must have app that helps you monitor the progress of your pregnancy as well as gives you access to a social network for expecting families for advice and support.                    



  • Sleep Cycle: If you have trouble waking up in the mornings, even though you’ve had plenty of sleep, Sleep Cycle might just help you. The app uses the accelerometer in your iPhone to analyse your sleep patterns and wakes you up during the lightest part of your sleep so you awaken in a more ‘natural’ way and feel more rested.



In this day in age, most of us don’t go anywhere without our phone, and with so many more apps out there designed to keep you on track with your health and fitness goals, you’ll have constant support and reminders no matter where you are in the world.