A major tenant of bio-hacking is quantifying yourself, both tracking what you are doing and testing your status with real metrics.
Data, data, data, I cannot make bricks without clay. – Robert Downey Junior as Sherlock homes
Short of keeping a written journal there hasn’t really been a way to track this information and more importantly in a way in which you can analyse this data and turn it into knowledge. The iOS health app changes that because it creates a platform for sharing your health data between other apps.
Below is my list of my favourite Bio-hacking iOS Health Apps.
This is the core of my iOS health app eco-system and where I enter the majority of my data either via my Jawbone UP24 band or manually. The app tracks your steps, and your sleep pattern automatically. It also tracks your food intake with a calories estimation along with a quality score where it will tell you if you are on the right track. Plus can also track your weight and with the help of the Jawbone Sync app it will sync the weight into the Health App.
The big element on the motivation side is that it takes the data entered and suggests actions and ask you to commit to things such as going to bed at a curtain time, eating more fiber or drinking more water. Also on motivation there is the team function where you can compete against other Jawbone UP users.Download
Before buying the Jawbone UP24 arm band I started out with this app. It features all the functionality of Jawbone UP Tracker App but doesn’t require the tracker. I found it helpful to get into the groove of tracking my life, I tend to have my phone on me all the time so it kinda worked out well. This will also be the App I use when I upgrade to the Jawbone UP3.Download
The UP Coffee app is great for those that fire better with caffeine. It can be easy to get carried away with coffee and tea resulting in a restless night of sleep. The UP Coffee app tracks your caffeine intake and lets you know if you are going to get a good nights sleep or not. It’s also a bit of fun in the way that is presents the caffeine. Try it out.. it is free after all.Download
One of the draw backs of the Jawbone UP app is that it doesn’t sync all the data to the health app. I believe it is going to be in a future update to their app. In the mean time there is Jawbone Sync for things like Weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), Lean Body Mass, and Heart Rate. For the $3 price I think it is totally worth it to be able to enter your data once. While you might not think having this extra data is so important, it is especially when all the apps start to use it to work out how to guide your healt.Download
Until the release of the new Jawbone UP3 which will feature a bio-impedance heart rate monitor I am logging my heart a number of times a day using the Instant Heart Rate Monitor from Azumio. The great thing about this app is you don’t need any gear because it uses the iPhones camera and flash. It’s totally worth it for $1.50 upgrade to sync the heart rate to the health app.Download
A great little free app the uses the accelerometer in your iPhone to count the resting respiratory rate. It works by placing between your stomach and your rib cage. It doesn’t sync with the health app but it is simple to input the details. It’s not an essential app but good to know when your are discussing your health with your local bio-hacking GP.Download
A recent addition to my bio-hacking app eco-system, the My Medical app fills the gap on recording some health data that the Health app doesn’t do yet. It’s more for recording the kind of data you would get from blood and urine tests. There is also an iPad and Mac OS version. All three of the applications can synchronise.Download
While this a free app with paid upgrades, paying for the upgrades is totally worth it. 7 Minutes is a High Intensity Interval Training app that becomes your personal trainer. All the exercises are body weight only exercise, so there is never any excuse to not workout and with 7 minute iterations time shouldn’t be a problem. With this app not only does it provide a visual cue to each of the exercises it provides audio cues and a little training video you can watch before doing the workout to ensure your form is well… on form. On top of that the app syncs your effort to the Health App.Download
So this one is a bit of fun. It combines your exercise stats with a game to motivate and entertain. The Wokamons are like Tamagotchies but with the Wokamons you must keep exercising in order to grow and keep it alive.Download