How your mobile can help you live a healthier lifestyle.

Last updated: 10 December 2015

How your mobile can help you live a healthier lifestyle.

Healthy living is no longer a fad, and many of us are embracing anything we can to look and feel better. So where does your new smartphone fit in? And how can your phone or tablet help you in the quest for wellbeing?

Whether you’ve the latest Samsung or a shiny new Apple phone such as the iPhone 7 or iPhone 6s, here are some feel-good features to look out for on your mobile…

Samsung Galaxy S6 Heart Rate Sensor.

Monitoring our own wellbeing is becoming more and more commonplace as we take control of our own health. Samsung’s Heart Rate Sensor and S Health app are easy to use and extremely accurate in comparison to similar apps.

You can also save your most important findings via SMS and there’s a handy profile that keeps a record for you and your GP.

Introducing the Apple Health app and iOS 9 HealthKit.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any easier to stay in shape, the Apple Health app gives you an easy-to-read dashboard of your health and fitness data from heart rate and calories burned, through to blood sugar and cholesterol.

You can also create an emergency card with important health information (eg, your blood type or allergies), that’s available from your lock screen.

And with iOS 9 HealthKit - which is described as a developer framework - app developers can make their latest releases even more useful by allowing them to access all your health data. So each health and fitness app on your device will work together, for even better results.

Plus, you can choose what you want to share. For example, you can allow the data from your blood pressure app to be automatically shared with your doctor.

The new iPhone has more than enough features to keep you healthy, and fitness has never been easier or more accessible.

Getting fit with your phone.

Don’t have a Samsung or iPhone? Forget the excuses and grab your phone or tablet, as there are a whole host of other apps available to Android and Windows users. We’ve a full guide to health and fitness apps, but here are just a few extras:

  • Fitocracy app

    Fitocracy app iPhone, Android (free)

    The Fitocracy app is all about setting yourself fun tasks that look after your heart and sharing your efforts with the Fitocracy online community.

    Take your shiny new iPhone 6s and throw yourself into this app - you’ll soon start climbing up the ranks while increasing your fitness levels. If you love a challenge, but lack motivation, Fitocracy is the app for you.

  • Fitbit

    FitbitiPhone , Android, Windows Phone (free)

    Use this app on its own to track basic activity and runs, or connect with the Fitbit activity tracker devices to record the number of steps you take, calories burned and consumed (you can even scan barcodes for automatic logging), your sleep and overall activity. It encourages you to stay active and links you up to an online community of likeminded people. The Fitbit app also helps you to set training goals for weight loss and improved fitness, and you can track stats and routes with MobileRun.

  • Couch to 5K

    Couch to 5KiPhone, Android (from £2.29)

    This app is all about transforming the typical couch potato into an athlete who can complete a 5k run in just nine weeks. You’ll be joined by four motivational coaches with some top tips and inside info. If you’re ready to change your ways, this is worth downloading.