The Top 10 Most Popular Health Apps in Canada

The past year has drawn significant attention to the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. This has brought about a significant spike in the popularity of digital health apps, more than ever individuals are seeking easier and more convenient methods of tracking their health, but, this can be difficult to manage, especially when stuck indoors.

Lenstore’s recent study shows that more people are reaching for their smartphones to track their health. Lenstore analyzed the most popular apps over the past year, backed by search volume, to determine the most popular ways to track our health from our phones.

Fitbit Ranks As The Most Popular Health App in Canada

2020 was a big year when it came to keeping ourselves healthy, but also for developments in tech. The use of smartphone apps to keep ourselves fit has been on the rise this past year.

Here are the 10 most popular health apps in Canada:

It is no surprise to see Fitbit dominate other fitness apps in terms of popularity. With over 200,000 people searching for the app, Fitbit shows double the amount of interest than Atmosphere, which sits in second place.

Mental health apps such as Calm, Headspace and Forest rank highly in the top 10, showing that a significant proportion of health-conscious Canadians are focusing on their mental well-being this year. With 4.7 and 4.8 star ratings on the App Store respectively, it’s easy to understand why these are the standout apps in the mental health space.

Niamh Walsh, Nutritionist, Lifestyle Coach, and Pharmacist: “This year, in particular, I have seen people taking a greater interest in health apps as a way to feel more empowered in regard to their health and wellbeing. COVID-19 made us more aware of our health and with lockdown restrictions meaning the closure of gyms, this further sparked people’s interest in health apps as a means of staying fit and healthy from home. In general, people have become a lot more health-conscious as a result of the pandemic.”

It was revealed that the biggest spike in the popularity of digital health apps appeared in April 2020, soon after the Covid-19 pandemic had begun. Media popularity spiked from 694 to 1413 year on year, doubling the volume of articles. This trend has been continued with another significant spike in December 2020.

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