Your health is your greatest asset, which is why it’s so important that you stay active, eat high-quality whole foods and get adequate rest. In today’s busy world, however, that’s easier said than done.
It’s a good thing some of the most powerful tools you have in your health and wellness arsenal are just a download away. Whether using the web, your smartphone or any of the wearable devices available, you can tap into a wealth of apps to help you live healthier. These apps are like having a life coach or personal trainer on hand – wherever and whenever you need them.
With the myriad choices available to you, however, how do you choose the right one? Here are five apps worth exploring that can save you time and keeps you on track to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
MyFitnessPal – There’s a reason MyFitnessPal is one of the internet’s leading health apps. It’s a fully integrated tool that allows you to easily track the nutritional value of the food you eat with a customized food diary (there are over five million foods in its database) and the calories you burn when you exercise. This makes it easier to stick to all of your health goals.
Fooducate – An innovative approach to nutrition that gives you a budget (not unlike financial planning!) to track what you eat and the progress you’re making toward your health goals. The app’s highly visual approach helps you think before you spend unnecessary calories.
Couch to 5K – Running is a pursuit that has changed many people’s lives for the better. But if you haven’t run before, getting motivated and achieving the fitness level you need to run a 5K can be daunting. Couch to 5K gives you a road-tested, week-by-week training program, as well as your choice of running coach. This app helps you go from your couch to the finish line in about eight weeks’ time.
Fitnet – If you want to work out but only have time for training in short intervals, this flexible personal training app is for you. All workouts are five minutes in length, and you can mix and match your workouts to suit your schedule and goals. There are over two hundred free videos that are designed for the time crunched.
Lifesum – This is a great diet and fitness app renowned for its ease of use. Lifesum plans meals for you and provides recipes to help you turn your plan into action. Bonus features, including habit trackers, will reward you when you drink more water, eat less red meat and load up on your fruits and veggies.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not always easy, however, employing the use of technology allows you to keep track of your results, keep diaries and other data points. Additionally, this information an uncover key insights to keep you motivated and accountable to your goals.