Must-have health apps on the go


Nelli Lähteenmäki, CEO and cofounder of Health Puzzle – a Finnish mobile health service startup – recommends these five mobile apps for the health-savvy traveler.

Headspace Meditation

Headspace wants to demystify meditation, and it does just that by offering short, guided meditation sessions suitable for beginners. After a free ten-day starter program you can purchase premium content – and chances are you will be more than happy to get a subscription after getting used to that calm and clear feeling. 

The app also hosts nifty animations on how the mind works. With the possibility to download sessions for offline use, Headspace is a perfect companion for a long flight.

Available for iOS and Android.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Travelers can certainly use a good night’s sleep, and the extremely popular Sleep Cycle promises to make your sleep even better.

The app uses your iPhone’s movement sensor to analyze and graph your sleeping patterns. After getting in bed with your phone, this intelligent yet simple app tracks your sleep quality and helps you wake up at the lightest sleep phase for a smooth start. Unfortunately, it doesn’t prepare you a fresh cup of coffee in the morning.

Available for iOS.

Moves Activity Diary

Every step you take, Moves is tracking you.

This general purpose tracker, developed in Finland and recently acquired by Facebook, automatically recognizes when you walk, run or cycle. It also uses GPS data to track your location and routes throughout the day, not forgetting calories burned for each activity.

Because it creates a virtual map of your day, it acts as your “backup memory” about what you have been up to.

Available for iOS and Android.

Strava Cycling and Running

For runners or cyclists wanting specific insights on their rides and strides, Strava is a useful tool offering detailed information on your sports sessions. It helps you connect with pals and cheer on your running and cycling buddies around the world. 

Available for iOS and Android.

7 minute Workout

After downloading 7 Minute Workout, there are no more excuses to skip a workout while traveling. This fitness app developed by Johnson&Johnson includes a number of simple, time-efficient workouts ranging from 7 to 30 minutes. The Smart Workout mode even gauges your fitness and motivation level and recommends suitable programs. 

No equipment is needed – these workouts are completed using your own body weight.

Available for iOS and Android.

Compiled and written by Maria Nokkonen
Photo by iStock

This article was originally published in Finnair's Blue Wings magazine (June 2014)


Published August 3, 2014

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