There’s an app for that!
With the advent of smart phones have come a multitude of applications that can help you meet your health and wellness goals while you are on the go. There are apps that can help you track calories, activities, weight-loss goals and help you shop for the right foods.
For instance, MyFitnessPal is a food diary app available for smart phones that helps you track your daily calories, log exercise and scan food product bar codes to input caloric information. You can learn more at www.myfitnesspal.com.
A quick search of the web returned several other health and wellness apps available for smart phones. Ministry Health Care does not endorse or promote any of the applications below. They are a representation of the types of apps available to you. Before downloading an application, please read reviews and checkout the functionality to make the right decision for you.
If you like competition and gaming, Teemo may be a good fit. Teemo combines workouts with digital gaming. The app encourages users to invite friends to join in one of 105 a simple, but not necessarily easy, workouts in variety of digital challenge adventures. The app will track your team’s progress and allows users to share achievements on Facebook. There is no special equipment needed and no need for workout clothes. Currently, Teemo is only available on iOS. To find out more, visit goteemo.com.
You can earn rewards for workouts with The Nike Training Club app. Users choose from over 100 exclusive 15-, 30-, or 45-minute workouts with audio guidance. The app allows users to earn rewards and bonuses, and share workout experiences on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Nike Training Club is free and available for iOS and Android.
If you want an app that tracks distance, you may want to consider Endomondo. Endomondo is a GPS-based system that tracks the distance that you walk, run, kayak or cycle. Users share accomplishments on social media to challenge or encourage friends. Endomondo is free and available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and SymbianOS.
Since exercise is only part of the health and wellness picture, you may want to take a look at Fooducate. This free app allows users to analyze nutritional labels with a scan of a bar code. It grades foods based on the user’s profile information and the food’s positive and negative nutrition qualities. This high-powered food based app will even offer suggestions for healthier alternatives. The basic app is free and available for Android and iOS. Users can upgrade to Fooducate Plus for a fee.
If you are looking for an app that tracks the wellness of your mind, body and soul, you might want to try Fig at www.fig.com. It is an overall fitness app that takes a holistic approach to a user’s health goals. Users can add personalized habit building reminders like taking time to breathe deeply, drink more water, take the stairs or to take a moment to be thankful. Fig is free and available for Android and iOS.
There’s even a low-cost app that turns your iPhone into a bio-alarm clock, which monitors your sleep patterns and wakes you up during your lightest phase of sleep within a half-an-hour of your alarm set time. To learn more, visit www.sleepcycle.com.
We’ve only listed a few apps here. You can search the web for more information to find an app that works with your lifestyle.