Staying healthy is something we all should strive for, and there are several Windows 10 apps available to help you work towards that goal.
We’ve touched on the best fitness apps for Windows 10 for those looking to improve their health through exercise, and these health apps focus more on nutrition, relaxation, and rest. These apps can monitor your caloric intake, remind you to drink plenty of water, monitor your sleep patterns and more. After reviewing many of the offerings in the Windows Store, these are our picks for the best health apps for Windows 10.
Updated May 23, 2017: We made a few changes to this article based on new releases, reader input or staff discussion. There are some new titles in the mix, as well as those that we continue to view as the best from the Windows Store.
Relax Melodies has been a popular app in the Windows Store for years and delivers a wide range of soothing sounds to help you relax or find your way to a deep, rejuvenating sleep.
Key features of Relax Melodies include:
- 41 high quality sounds including two binaural beat frequencies.
- Sounds can be mixed together with different volumes to create a personalized melody.
- Timer system stops the melodies after you go to sleep or regulate your relaxation time.
- Sound mixes can be saved and named for easy replay.
The layout is simple to pick up on, and Relax Melodies is an appealing option when you need to escape the stresses of the day or just need a little help settling down for a good night’s sleep. For those with a baby in the house, Relax Melodies can help them fall asleep faster, so you can get some rest as well.
Available for Windows 10 Mobile, Relax Melodies is a free app with the option to upgrade to the Premium Version for $2.99, which doubles the number of sounds available.
Download Relax Melodies from the Windows Store
Food Diary is a Windows 10 Mobile app designed to help you track the foods you eat to allow you to make adjustments in your diet that can lead to a healthier life. The app design is optimized to make entries as quickly as possible, with a built-in database that provides nutritional information on thousands of food items.
Key features include:
- One-tap entry with personalized suggestions.
- Full off-line support to eliminate the need for a data connection.
- Daily reports to show a summary of your day that highlights calorie intake as well as protein and carbohydrates consumed.
- Personal reminders are available to remind you to stay on target with your dietary goals.
Food Diary is a free Windows 10 app with ad support. There is the option to upgrade to the premium version of the app for $5.99, which removes the ads, expands the food database, expands the daily meal limit and unlocks the ability to export the diary via email.
The free version of Food Diary performs well in documenting your diet. The app can shed some light on how you can improve your eating habits for a healthier lifestyle.
Download Food Diary from the Windows Store
Drinking plenty of water is a key element of staying healthy. The challenge with proper hydration is remembering to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Enter the Windows 10 app, Plant Nanny.
The app combines the healthy aspect of drinking water with an interactive way to monitor your drinking habits. As you drink water and record it with Plant Nanny, a small plant begins to grow.
Plant Nanny determines the amount of water you should drink during the day based on your body information and activity level. There is a nice selection of plants ranging from roses to carnations to cacti, with an equally appealing selection of pots. As you record your water intake, you earn water in the forum of life points that, in turn, can be used to grow your plant.
Plant Nanny reviews your water intake history and can remind you periodically to drink. Available for Windows 10 Mobile, this free app is a fun, interactive way to keep your body hydrated and healthy.
Download Plant Nanny from the Windows Store
Self Exam is a small collection of medical tests that you can perform at home. The free, Windows 10 Mobile app currently includes three self-administered tests that can reveal early indications of health issues. Please note that by no means should these self-examinations replace the need for routine visits to your physician.
Tests include a breast cancer test, an Alzheimer test and a urine color test. There is also a means to track menstrual cycles. Self Exam has support for toast notifications that remind you to perform these examinations periodically, and each test offers step-by-step guides.
Self Exam isn’t a very complicated app to monitor your health but could alert you to conditions in which a more formal examination by a medical professional is called for. Hopefully, this app continues to grow and expand to cover additional self-administered medical tests.
Download Self Exam from the Windows Store
One of the many keys to a healthy lifestyle is regularly getting a good night’s sleep. Sleep Tracker is a free Windows 10 Mobile app designed to track your sleep cycles and awaken you gently through natural sounds and soft melodies.
Placing your Windows 10 Mobile phone beside your pillow as you sleep, Sleep Track can monitor the quality of your sleep cycle through your movements throughout the night. Your sleep data is logged to make it easily reviewed, and an auto-backup option is available using local storage or your OneDrive account.
Nature sounds can be used to help you relax and fall asleep and gently wake you up. Sounds include rain, wind, whale sounds and more. Sounds can be played individually or combined to create a melody. To round things off, sleep records support diary entries to detail your day, mood, diet, medications and anything else that could impact your sleep patterns.
Sleep Tracker is a simple, well-received Windows 10 app that could give you a little insight to your sleep cycles and help you improve your overall health.
Download Sleep Tracker from the Windows Store
While fitness bands help monitor your physical activities, such as runs, walks and steps, they can also monitor your sleep habits. This data can reveal any abnormalities in sleep patterns and show you how much rest time you are actually getting. Many of these fitness bands also monitor your heart rate, which can give you some insight on your health.
Fitness Bands with compatible Windows 10 apps include the Garmin Vivosmart HR+, Fitbit Charge 2 and Vector Watch.
All are quality devices with capable Windows 10 apps. The right choice can boil down to personal preference on the device or Windows 10 app. Personally, the waterproof ratings of the Garmin devices fit my activities better, but the Fitbit wins points for style. Regardless, any of these options offer a system that not only can track your fitness activities but also can monitor health aspects of your life.
If you have tried any of these Windows 10 health apps, let us know what you think in the comments. There are plenty more to choose from in the Windows Store, and if you have a favorite, let us know.
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