Want to get healthy? There’s an app for that. In fact, to date there are an estimated 13,000 health and fitness apps available – so no excuses! No matter what your health or fitness goals, if you have a smart phone or computer, help is close by. Here are a few suggestions:
MyFitnessPal – Research shows that people who track their calories and exercise are more successful at weight loss. This wildly popular app helps you determine your calorie needs and rate of weight loss. It keeps track of how many calories you eat each day, as well as how many calories you burn with any activity. Their food database includes almost 2.5 million items, including restaurant and fast food chains. It’s available as a free online program, or mobile app for ipad, iphone, android, Blackberry and windows.
Fooducate – Chosen as a 2011 best iphone health and fitness app, and 1st prize winner of the US Surgeon General Healthy App Challenge, this app grades your food, explains what’s really inside the produce, and offers healthier alternatives. Search for foods in their database, or scan the bar code. Available for free on iphone, ipod touch, ipad, and android. Also available for $4.99 – Allergy and Gluten Free Diet Tracker by Fooducate, and for $3.99 – Diabetes Diet Tracker by Fooducate
Whole Foods Market Recipes – if you want to try to cook more organic and natural meals, this app’s for you. It features the ability to filter by categories like budget, cooking with kids, or quick and easy, as well as special diets like gluten-free or low fat. Whole Foods has lots of delicious and healthy recipes, and the app helps you find recipes that use ingredients you already have on hand, build the shopping list, and find the nearest Whole Foods Market store. It’s available for free on iphone, ipad, or ipod touch, and coming soon for Android.
MapMyFitness – Ever wanted to try a new running, walking or biking route but afraid you’ll get lost? This app uses the built in GPS function of your mobile device to design a map for you. It also tracks all of your fitness activities, and allows you to record workout details including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, and calories burned. It’s available as a free on-line program, or mobile app for iphone, Blackberry or android.
CharityMiles – If you’re a fan of social media, this is a great new exercise app to check out. The program logs the miles you walk, run, or bike, and makes a donation to the charities of your choice (there are 9 currently listed with hopes to expand the program) when you share your activity on Twitter or Facebook. Available for free on the iphone or for android.
Lift – Set a goal. Track your progress. Get reinforcement. New habits are hard to form, but this app might help. It’s currently available only for the iphone, but their website says android and web are coming soon. It allows you to set any goal, whether it’s health related or not, track your progress and receive feedback and positive reinforcement from the Lift community.
Try a few of these, and let me know what you think!