PadGadget Essentials — This Week’s Apps and Accessories for Health and Wellness


As we gear up for the colder seasons, it is important to keep healthy while we fight off the winter flu. Chicken soup and hot cocoa will take you far, but sometimes you need a little more to get you through the storm.

Below is a roundup of the best apps and accessories for the iPad to find out how to encourage healthy living and a stress free life.


Meditation is a great way to calm your mind and relax your body. We found six fantastic meditation apps that help you find your inner peace through tranquil sounds and contemplative visuals.

While meditation is great for relaxation and stress relief, sleep is necessary for life. Without at least a few hours per night, our minds turn to mush. If you consider yourself a “light sleeper,” or feel run down all of the time because you don’t’ get a full night of rest, check out our list of apps that encourage sleep.

Yes, your body will shut down without enough sleep, but food is just as important for staying healthy. In the winter, we tend to pack on our winter coats because we eat heartier and exercise less. Cooking Planit HD can help you plan a healthy season of meals that the whole family can enjoy.

More than just a healthy living app, Jillian Michaels Slim-Down Solution will help you lose weight and feel great. You can turn your iPad into a personal trainer that will help keep you on track when it comes to eating and exercise.

Speaking of exercise. Are you a runner? If so, you may want to check out our list of top apps for runners. You can plan your route, track your calories, subscribe to magazines, and more with your iPad.

Why not add some music to your jog. Reebok just added an app to the Spotify music service that will create playlists based on the type of exercise you are doing. The app is called FitList and you can use the Spotify App Finder on your mobile app to find it.

No one knows health and wellness better than your doctor. If you are a member of the medical profession, or want to convince your doctor to buy an iPad, we’ve got a list of apps that is sure to please the physician in your life.


The medical industry is falling over itself to make the iPad a part of everyday practice. Thankfully, much of the technology gets transformed into accessories that everyone can use to help stay in shape. Check out our list of iPad-compatible health accessories.

Now that you’ve been loaded with an arsenal of health and wellness apps and accessories for the iPad, you’re sure to make it through the entire winter without even a sniffle. If you do get sick, just let your iPad keep you busy while you try to forget about it.

About Lory: Writer of all things app related, traveler of the space-time continuum, baker of really great cookies. Follow me @appaholik