Six smart phone apps to help you achieve a healthier lifestyleI officially entered middle age this year and so did my husband! I was never one to be concerned about my weight or to feel guilty about having an extra piece of birthday cake. However, I noticed as I’ve aged, I’ve become more conscious of my health—including how much I exercise and how many calories I consume. This year, my hubby and I made the choice to start living healthier lifestyles. However, we were unsure exactly what we should be doing to achieve healthier body and mind.
Luckily, our smart phones were the key to keeping our personal health and wellness on track. So now when we need to track our exercise regimes, count calories, relax, or find healthy food options on the go, my husband and I consult one of the following six apps on our cell phones:
1. RunKeeper (Free – for iPhone)
If you are a regular runner like I am, or even a newbie runner like my hubby, the RunKeeper app is a great way to get your motivation back in check. This app tracks all of your running progress—including the duration of your runs, your pace, your speed, your calories burned, and the route traveled on a digital map. It’s a great way to stay motivated as you track your runs and see how far you’ve come over a few weeks, months, and years.
2. Yoga Pro ($0.99 – for iPhone)
We all lead busy lives and we’re all tired. However, sometimes when you’re tired for too long, you run the risk of complete burnout, which is dangerous to your health and wellness. Yoga is a great exercise to restore your energy in mind and body. The Yoga Pro app guides users through a series of safe and gentle yoga. Plus, because it’s mobile, you can take your yoga practice with you anywhere, and do it anytime you need to Zen out.
3. Fooducate – Eat Healthy Diet (Free – for Android)
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4. EatRight – Daily Food Log Diet Checklist ($1.99 – for iPhone)
You really are what you eat—the adage holds true for those of us who are healthy and fit or unhealthy and unfit. The EatRight app is for those who are ready to trade the fatty, sugar-laden, convenience foods for a healthier diet and lifestyle. This app tracks you food habits and daily nutrition intake—alerting you if you’ve had too much or not enough of one of the 5 major food groups. The EatRight app also works as a daily food diary so you can track water intake, caloric intake, protein intake, and even fat intake.
5. Weightbot – Track your Weight in Style ($1.99 – for iPhone)
Regardless of if you’re trying to bulk up your lean muscle mass or to lose a few inches of fatty tissue so you can fit into your skinny jeans, the Weightbot app will keep your weight goals on track. Simply use the app to set preferences for your weight goal—pin in your age, weight, activity level, etc.—and the app will tell you how many calories and how much exercise you should be getting every day to achieve those goals.
6. GoodFoodNearYou (Free – for Android)
The GoodFoodNearYou app will help you find healthy food options in a pinch—say if you’re stuck at the office and need to order in or if you’re travelling in an unknown city and need to nosh. Simply enter your location and this app will instantly serve up a list of healthy food options based on your current geographic location using
About The Author
Pearlie Davis is a staff writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone news, commentary, and reviews on used cell phones and popular phone plans.