By Kate Harveston
Most of us love the cool things we can do on our cell phones — chances are you’re reading this article on your favorite mobile device, right? Upwards of 75% of women in the United States own a smart phone, so it makes sense that there are plenty of apps specifically for women.
Unfortunately, they can be difficult to find, buried in a world of Angry Birds and Tinder. Whether you’re looking for an app to track your period, understand your health, or just find some new things to try, we’ve got you covered with a list of apps that are designed for or created by women (or both!).
- Clue or Glow for Your Sexual Health
No one likes having a period tracker on their phone — you may end up hiding it in a folder out of embarrassment. Clue removes the embarrassment factor — it doesn’t look like a period tracker, and is happy to sit nondescriptly on your phone’s home screen.
Clue has tools to track your periods, your cramps, and your ovulation cycle, so you’ll know when to abstain if you’re trying to avoid kids or when to jump in the sack if you’re trying to have them. It also sends you a notification when you’re period is coming, based on your previous flow cycles, so you don’t have to worry about getting caught without a tampon. The app is available on both iOS and Android devices.
A similar app, Glow, acts as an ovulation calculator that tracks your menstruation cycle, mood, physical symptoms, and even medications, weight and sex habits. It also links with many other apps like Fitbit and MyFitnessPal. This app is a little less discreet and a little more focused on the weight and caloric side of fitness and health, but if that’s something you’re interested in, it might be worth checking out.
- MINDBODY Connect for Local Fitness Options
Do you ever find yourself in need of a yoga or Pilates class, only to find that you’ve missed the latest session at your favorite gym? Never be left out again with an app that keeps track of all local massage, yoga, pilates classes, barre, and more. MINDBODY Connect keeps track of classes in your area and depending on the studio, even allows you to book classes, massages, or trainer meetings right from the app.
There are tons of exercise apps out there — but most of them focus on counting calories. (Yes, we’re looking at you, MyFitnessPal). There is no calorie counting or food monitoring with MINDBODY Connect — it’s simply designed to help you find the kind of workout that you’ve been looking for. The app is available on iOS and Android devices and can even sync with your Fitbit to keep track of your exercise progress.
- Mint for Your Finances
The modern-day woman is independent — she’s a mover, she’s a shaker, but she’s also super busy! Keeping track of bills can be a nightmare. If you’re stressing about missing a payment or tanking your credit score, Mint is the app for you.
Available on both iOS and Android devices, Mint pulls all of your bills and bank accounts into one easy-to-use interface. It separates money that you spend on luxuries from money that you spend on utilities, reminds you of bill due dates, and can even help you budget your income.
Mint does require you to link your bill and bank account websites with its application, but all of your data is kept secure, so you don’t have to worry about identity theft. If you’ve started playing in the stock market, it can even help you keep track of your investments.
The days of men managing the family bank account and being the only ones investing in stocks are long gone. Use smart new technology to become a woman who keeps up with the changing demands and opportunities of the financial world.
- Circle of 6 for Your Safety
Originally created for college students to prevent sexual assault and violence, this app has become useful for a wide array of women from all walks of life, including teenagers, mothers and even children in some cases.
You get to choose six emergency contacts to be available right there in the app. If you’re feeling uncomfortable or scared, two taps on the screen lets your circle of closest friends or family members know where you are and whether or not you need help. The app is available for iPhone and Android.
- Women’s Health Workouts Lite for Your Exercise and Diet
This app provides workouts that are tailored uniquely to women. It includes different ideas, as well as examples of how to perform the workouts and what the best positions are for planking, yoga poses, squatting, etc. It also has a section for goals related to metabolism, fat burning and healthy eating. There are many different versions of this kind of app available for both iOS and Android devices. If you don’t already have one on your phone, what are you waiting for?
That little piece of technology in your pocket is easily one of the most useful tools you will ever own. Instead of condemning it to a fairly meaningless life of only being used for Instagram posts and “on my way” text messages, take the time to find some apps to help improve your quality of life. Let your smart device take some of the load off your shoulders — you’ll find you feel better for it.