Which Apps do you use and why? I would love to know your favorite apps
including how they are benefiting your fitness regime and training.
More employers and colleges are paying attention to the health of their employees and students. There are plenty of reasons why: for employers, having happy and healthy employees means fewer days of work missed and more productive workdays. For colleges and universities, healthy students pay attention in class and perform better on assignments and tests. But whether or not your employer or school offers a wellness program, staying healthy should be one of your most important goals. And, as with everything else these days, there’s an app for every aspect of keeping your body in top shape. The following are apps available for either Android phones or iPhones.
Built to help you ask the right questions when you feel ill, iTriage (by Healthagen.com)has a symptoms database that helps you look up symptoms, find medical facilities in your area, and even allows you to fill out pre-registration forms for selected emergency rooms. You can also save the contact information of your health care providers. The app is free for both iPhones and Android phones.
- Spark Recipes
SparkPeople is a free, web-based weight loss plan. Instead of concentrating solely on weight loss, SparkPeople helps users focus on healthy eating and fitness habits, and encourages users to build online communities for support and to share ideas. Their Spark Recipes app is designed to help people learn to cook healthy, affordable meals at home. Along with a list of recipes categorized by dietary needs and type of cuisine, Spark Recipes gives nutritional information for each recipe. This app is free, and available for both iPhones and Android phones.
- Endomondo Sports Tracker
This popular app is serves as a virtual personal trainer for people who are serious about exercising. In addition to integrating Facebook into workouts so that friends and family can send cheer you on in real time, it uses your phone’s GPS to track the distance and speed of your running, walking, or biking workouts. Endomondo is available for both Androids and iPhones—it’s free, but there’s a Pro version for the Android priced at $3.99.
- Calorie Counter by Fat Secret
For folks who are on the go and don’t have time to cook at home—college students or busy parents with jobs—getting takeout is an easy way to handle dinner. But even if you’re a stay at home parent or a student enrolled at an online university, keeping track of your daily calorie intake is an important part of weight loss. Fat Secret’s Calorie Counter has thousands of fast food and restaurant entries, a barcode scanner to read nutrition labels, and a food journal to keep track of what you eat every day. This free app is available for both Androids and iPhones.
- Lightning Bug Sleep Clock
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important parts of staying healthy, but most people don’t get the amount of sleep they need each night. Lightning Bug helps users relax with soothing sounds and white noise. It also features a customizable digital alarm clock, as well as plugins with new music to lull you into slumber.
Making the time to take care of yourself is vital, even if that means carving out time to pay attention to your health. With these and other apps, getting onto the road to wellness can be simple and fun.