150 of the Best Self-Quantification Tools (Apps, Sites and Trackers)

“You can’t change what you don’t measure.”

If anything encapsulates the potential for self-tracking to transform our health, then it’s that statement.

The so-called life-logging revolution is already well underway after technological advancements, ‘big data’ and key influencers like co-founder of the Quantified Self Gary Wolf have created opportunities and raised awareness. The revolution is slowly shifting us away from the old paradigm of self testing ‘after-the-event’ of sickness/symptoms, to a more proactive approach of gathering data when we are feeling ‘normal’, and using it to optimize health and wellbeing. 

We can use tracking for anything that we want to see improvements in. Chances are, you have already tried self-tracking. Ever kept a food diary? Used a calorie or fitness tracker? This is quantification.

And there are no drawbacks to this kind of physical self-awareness (although we need to know how to get the most from tracking tools to generate actionable insights. We also want to avoid self-tracking becoming a source of stress!)

Below is a round up of some apps, sites, wearables and other tools that you can use to track your health. (The list is focused purely on quantifying – data gathering – tools. At some point there will be a Part 2 looking at techniques and tools we can use to optimize health. Stay up to date by subscribing to our email list). 

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Apps and sites

MyFitnessPal

Comprehensive fitness-tracking app with well designed food diary. Records information about your weight and weight-loss goals, and calculates a recommended calorie budget for the day.

FatSecret

Allows you to record food, weight and exercise, add and search recipes, add friends, join a group challenge, and create a journal.

LifeSum

Does everything that MyFitnessPal does including calorie tracking, nutritional information breakdowns and syncing with plenty of third party fitness trackers.

Lose It!

Most seamless weight loss system available – has large food database and integrates with your devices like pedometers. 

Enquos

Consolidates all your different apps to track your nutrition, sleep, workouts, and health.

DailyBurn

Website where you can track your body information (weight, body fat percentage), workouts, nutrition, and challenges completed.

SparkPeople

Allows you to create personalized diet and fitness plans, track calories and workouts. Has several partner sites, including SparkRecipes, SparkPeople Mobile, dailySpark, SparkAmerica, SparkSavings, BabyFit, and SPARKteens.

Weight Watchers

Science-driven approach that aims to help members lose weight through ‘points’.

Dan’s Plan

A scientifically-based program designed to address challenges of achieving and maintaining your ideal weight.

Foodzy

A social game for web and mobile that allows you to ‘check in’ foods and drinks.

NutritionData 

Amazingly useful website which allows you to track a food’s glycemic load and inflammation factor, and gives breakdown of carbs, fat, and protein.

FitDay

Simple mood and exercise tracking platform. Offers mood tracking too. 

My calorie counter

Online calorie counter and diet journal allowing you to track diet and nutrition as well as the number of calories burned from various activities. Claims to be the most comprehensive food and activity search engine on the web, with over 45,000 different foods.

Livestrong 

Offers various tools to track food consumption, physical activity, diabetes, recipes, and loops biked or ran. Food tracking is done using the MyPlate tool; you can search for foods in their database and it will automatically calculate calories.

Tap & Track

Contains the largest offline food database of any iPhone calorie counter (over 400,000 foods).

MealSnap

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App that allows you to photograph the meals you eat – then estimates how many calories you ate!

FitClick

Website and app with calorie counter, food journal, and workout tracker.

Training Peaks

Tracking tools for endurance athletes and coaches.

Target Weight

Claims to help you manage weight in six seconds per day.

Noom Coach

Like having a ‘coach in your pocket’. You log what you eat and learn the impact of various foods.

Strava

App designed specifically for runners and cyclists.

MapMyFitness

One of longest running trackers, the app even tracks training gear, so you know when it’s time to buy a new pair of running shoes.

Endomondo

Users start by taking a fitness test to assess their fitness level, and then the app designs a plan based on their favorite forms of exercise.

Moves App

iPhone app that automatically records walking, cycling and running.

Lark

Like ‘Siri for fitness’; an app that is assisted by experts.

Runkeeper

Easy and social workout tracking.

Breezing

Metabolism measurer!

TextWeight

Tracking weight loss goals via text.

Bodywise

Track over 40 areas of your health and fitness to improve your wellbeing.

Digifit

Track all your workouts.

MapMyRun

A location tracking running app.

Dacaddo

An app and service that tracks fitness activities from across your devices, as well as manually entered data, and calculates a ‘health score’.

Trace

A fitness tracker for action sports like surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding.

Strong

Easy-to-use tool for logging strength training workouts.

Wearables

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Sensoria Smart Sock

Designed to more accurately track running activity.

Fitbit flex wristband

During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning. Links with your iPhone. 

Nike + Fuelband

Bracelet that comes with a mobile app, and tracks whether or not you’re burning calories each day and meeting your basic fitness goals.

Jawbone Up

Bracelet that you can use to track your activity during the day, your sleep at night, as well as log food intake and mood to give you a better overall picture of your health, happiness and calorie input and output.

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Activity and sleep monitor. 

Withings Activité Pop

Tracks steps, runs, sleep and is waterproof to 50m

Pebble Watch

Smartwatch that is customizable with apps.

Garmin Vivoactive

Uses GPS to accurately track running, cycling and swimming with live pace and distances.

Basis

Wristband loaded with sensors, which include an optical scanner to track blood flow (i.e. heart rate), a perspiration monitor, and skin and ambient temperature monitors to measure workout intensity.

Polar M400

Tracks fitness across multiple sports, including yoga and swimming (it’s water-resistant to 30m).

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless 

Water-resistant in-ear headphones that can track your heart rate.

Moov

Bracelet that delivers feedback and analysis in real time.

Devices

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Wahoo sensor 

iPhone-powered fitness tools that use data gathered through sensors in a rubber band you can attach to your bike.

Omron full-body composition monitor HBF-516B 

Provides full body sensing – a comprehensive understanding of your body composition to help you reach your fitness goals. 

Omron HJ-112 digital pocket pedometer  

One of the most accurate pedometers on the market. You don’t have to wear it in a specific position in your pocket, you can wear it horizontally or vertically.

Accu-measure fitness 3000 bodyfat calipers

Accurate and reliable method for measuring bodyfat percentage.

HAPIfork

Electronic fork that helps you monitor and track your eating habits – it alerts you when you are eating too fast!

Withings smart body analyzer 

Records your weight, fat composition, heart rate and environment data.

Fitbit Aria

Tracks weight, lean mass, body fat percentage, and body mass index.

Blipcare scale

Allows you to track weight and body mass en masse (for up to 10 users)!

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Apps and sites

Sleep Cycle

App that uses your phone’s accelerometer to measure movement in bed and pinpoint REM cycles, so it doesn’t wake you up when you’re in deep sleep.

Proactive Sleep

Android and iPhone app which tracks your sleep and analyzes habits and sleep and make suggestions about how they relate to each other.

SleepRate 

Diagnoses sleep based on a single signal – the heart rate.

Shadow

Tracks and remembers dreams.

Sleep bot

A simple way to track and improve your sleep.

Twilight

Slowly removes the blue light from your phone when the sun starts to set outside.

Wearables

See also wearables listed under ‘fitness’ above.

Neuro-on

Device that measures eye movement, sleep waves, heart rate, and muscle tension with complete accuracy.

Somnus Sleep Shirt

A lightweight shirt with embedded sensors and breathable material to allow users to move freely throughout the night and maintain maximum comfort.

Sleep image

Small node that you fix to your skin when you sleep. Helps to diagnose conditions.

Sense

Clips to your pillow.

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Range of watches which monitor sleep states using physical signals.

Devices

Withings Aura

Sleek looking device that works by tracking your sleep patterns and then waking you up during your lightest sleep phase.

Beddit

Ultra-thin sensor tucks under your bed sheets and gathers data on sleep quality, duration, heart rate and respiration rate.

 

Stress tracking

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Apps

Stress Check

Uses your phone’s camera to measure your heart rate so that you can estimate your level of stress.

Bulletproof Stress Detective

Allows you to see stress levels in real time.

Devices

Inner Balance by HeartMath

Sensor which plugs into your phone and connects to your earlobe to monitor your heart rate.

StressEraser

Portable biofeedback device designed to help reduce stress by synchronizing breathing with heart rate. The device is a standalone unit that doesn’t connect to a computer, instead displaying heart rate variability on a graphical display on the device itself, and indicating when to breath using visual cues.

Emvio

(Wearable). The first stress watch. Not on the market yet.

Emwave2

Heart rate variability tracking and stress reduction.

Adrenal stress panel testing 

The best way to know if you have out of balance cortisol levels.

Anxiety apps and sites 

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Pacifica

App based on cognitive behavioral therapy. Hits five areas of anxiety and includes guided relaxation and meditation methods, goals, and breathing exercises. You can also track your thoughts and mood.

Worrybox

Allows you to record thoughts, anxieties, and worries, and the app will give anxiety-reducing advice. 

Self-help for anxiety management (SAM)

Lets you use a sliding scale to show how worried or anxious you’re feeling. It will walk you through calming or relaxation practices and can also connect you with other SAM users.

Worry watch

Use this app to track your worries so you can later visualize them and assess whether they were realistic.

Stop Panic & Anxiety Help

Use the app’s journal to record what cause panic attacks and how you were able to get through it.

Cognition and mood 

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Apps and sites

Quantified Mind

Over 20 carefully designed tests that cover many aspects of cognitive performance.

In Flow

Aims to help you to better understand yourself and your ever-changing mood.

 

Mind Metrics

This app provides a toolbox of cognitive tasks that can be used to measure your arousal level, memory capacity, and multitasking abilities.

BrainAid

Offers tracking for people with cognitive disorders.

Moodscope

Site helping you to keep tabs on your moods through use of cards.

 

MercuryApp

Micro-journalling with analytics – to help you to make better decisions.

MoodPanda

Interactive mood diary. Lets you get anonymous support from other users.

Wearables

Muse

Brain sensing headband that measures your brainwaves in real-time.

NeuroSky

Wearable biosensors measure brainwave EEG and heartbeat ECG signals.

Melon

Uses EEG signals to quantify focus.

Emotiv Insight

Wireless headset that monitors your brain activity and translates them into meaningful data.

W/ME

A wristband which provides insight towards our mental state and agility.

Happiness and meditation apps and sites

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Gratitude 365

Record what you’re grateful for each day. 

Track Your Happiness

Allows you to track your happiness and find out what factors are associated with greater happiness for you.

Balanced

Lets you to schedule and prioritize your tasks, keeps track of when you last did a particular activity.

Meditation Journal

‘Quantifies spiritual growth by letting you keep track of your daily meditation and attention levels, and track them through a digital calendar.’

Equanimity – Meditation Timer & Tracker

Simplifies meditation by allowing you to set times.

Heart health and blood pressure

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Apps and sites

Scanadu

Real-time physical exams using your smartphone.

Cardiio

Uses the iPhone camera to measure heart rate.

Instant heart rate

Track heart rate by using your finger.

Wearables

See also wearables listed under ‘fitness’ above. 

Tinke

Wellness tracker that tracks heart rate, hrv, respiratory rate, blood oxygen and more.

Alive Mio Alpha

Continuous heart rate monitor.

Polar Heart Rate Monitor RS800CX 

One of Polar’s more complex and top of the line heart rate monitors.

Basis Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Track your calories, activity, stress and sleep, without wearing a chest strap. It’s all in a watch on your wrist.

Devices

iHealth Monitor

Wireless wrist or arm blood pressure monitor.

Blipcare

Wireless blood pressure monitor.

CardioChek

Two minute home cholesterol test. The device has three varieties of test strips which allow you to test for total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol or triglycerides.

Blood testing/diabetes management equipment

InsideTracker

Sophisticated, tailored blood analytics.

Health Matters

Blood analysis platform – users upload test results themselves, and track progress. 

Ketostix strips

Help you to track a ketogenic diet (one for Paleo/Bulletproof devotees). 

Supercheck 2

Blood glucose testing devices.

Dexcom

Continuous glucose monitoring.

Glooko

Mobile, cloud-based diabetes management.

iBGStar glucose monitor

Blood glucose meter that connects with the iPhone. Easy sharing with healthcare professional.

LifeScan One Touch Blood Glucose Monitoring

Easy to use system which provides blood glucose meters, test strips, lancing devices and diabetes management software.

DNA, microbiome and nutritional testing 

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uBiome

At home microbiome testing kit.

23andMe

DNA ‘spit kit’.

Fitness genes

DNA analysis which tests over 40 different genes linked to training performance and nutrition.

Spectracell

At home nutritional testing.

Bulletproof Food Detective

Uses your phone’s camera sensor or a heart monitor to check your pulse after eating – idea is to help you to detect allergies.

Apps for women

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Clue

Helps women track and better understand their cycles.

My cycles period and ovulation tracker

Helps women wanting to conceive.

Eclipse

A digital self breast exam device.

iPeriod

App that lets users track period-related data like start date, end date and things like mood, symptoms, temperature and notes. 

Glow

Sophisticated ovulation calendar that tracks ovulation, mood, symptoms, and even medications to help pinpoint your next period, whether you’re attempting to get pregnant or trying to avoid it.

Some others (misc.)

OptimizeMe

Drinking diary – Web application that lets you record how much alcohol you’ve been quaffing.

Waterlogged – App that helps you to monitor water intake. 

EyeNetra – Eye test device that connects to smartphone.

Caffeine Zone 2 App that provides a simulation of caffeine amount and some indications of the psychological effects.

Poop log and Poop MD – Analyzing stool for information.

Google Keep and Evernote Tracking ideas and events.

Bedpost – Web app that tracks sex life.

CarePredict – An activity tracker to help empower seniors who want to live at home.

LumoBack – Tracks posture.

MYO – Muscle activity monitor (armband).

Beambrush – Toothbrush that tracks when, how often, and how long you brush your teeth.

Sano –Patch to continuously monitor bloodstream – realtime.

Proteus Ingestible Sensors – Swallow a pill that can transmit health information to a mobile device.

Cubesensors – Indoor environment monitoring sensor.

Mymee – Easily log and track many vitals for health to learn what triggers various issues.

One Second Everyday – Create a video timeline by recording one second every day.

Quotidian – Software to visualize time and events.

Tonic Self Care Assistant – Integrative tool that remembers and track all health and wellness activities.

Mint – Monitors breath quality. Not yet on the market. 

What self-tracking apps, sites and tools do you use to monitor your health? I’d love to hear from you! Get in touch in the comments below. 

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