Remember rotary dial phones? We have come a long way since then. Today’s phones take pictures, shoot videos, play music, run games, read books and can do hundreds of other things for us.
Remember rotary dial phones? We have come a long way since then. Today’s phones take pictures, shoot videos, play music, run games, read books and can do hundreds of other things for us. There are millions of mobile apps you can download, many of them free, that allow us to have information and entertainment 24/7 at our fingertips. But, apps are also useful when we want to embrace a healthier lifestyle. Here’s a review of some popular (and free) health and fitness apps.
Cooking from scratch is definitely a way to improve your health. If you are having trouble deciding what to cook, these apps can help.
Cooking Matters: provides healthy, easy and affordable recipes, along with money saving tips. Available for iPhones and Androids
Seasonal & Simple: This guide helps you find, select, store and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables found in Missouri. Available for iPhones and Androids
Recipe Search: This tool gives you instant access to the No. 1 cooking community on the web, Allthecooks.com. You can search for recipes using ingredients you want to use. Available for iPhones and Androids
Need help choosing healthy foods when shopping? Try:
Shopwell: This tool will rank each item on your list with a number between 1 and 100 based on how healthy it is. The app offers alternatives when you enter less healthy foods. Available for iPhones
Fooducate: A grocery store navigator to help you better analyze food labels and get key information without having to read through all the details on the labels. You can scan products right in the store, and it will highlight the product’s positives and negatives. Available for iPhones and Androids
Out of Milk: Keep your shopping list with you wherever you go with this app. It allows you to keep multiple lists, keeps track of pantry items like spices and essentials so you know what you have on hand, will alert you to local grocery store deals, and you can sync and share lists with another user. You can manually enter items for your list or scan the barcode before you throw out the empty container. Available for iPhones and Androids
Watching your weight? These apps are helpful:
MyFitnessPal: Track your food intake and physical activity. This app has a database of more than 3 million foods; if you still can’t find what you want, you have the option of entering a recipe or scanning a bar code and saving it to the database. Available for iPhones and Androids
LoseIt: Get a customized meal plan then use the app to track food, measure activity levels and connect with peers for group support. Syncs with popular fitness tracking devices and wireless scales. Available for iPhones and Androids
Weight Watchers Mobile: Take the entire Weight Watchers experience with you wherever you go: calorie and activity trackers, meal and recipe ideas, personal data, and more. Available for iPhones and Androids
Need a little motivation to get moving? Try:
Runkeeper: Keeps tabs on your exercise duration, length and calories burned during runs, walks, bike rides, hikes and more using the GPS on your phone. Available for iPhones and Androids
Nike Training Club: Choose your fitness level and goals and this app will pick from more than 100 workouts to get you moving. The app offers audio and video guidance from trainers and athletes. Available for iPhones and Androids
Moves: A smart pedometer that helps you get fit by walking more and aiming for 10,000 steps a day. Automatically tracks your everyday life and exercise moves. Available for iPhones
Is your health goal to better control your diabetes? Check out these apps:
Glooko Logbook: Download your blood glucose readings from your meter to your iPhone. Record your carb intake, insulin dose, activity level and how you are feeling. This allows you to observe your blood glucose trends. You can also share a 14 day summary by email or fax. Available for iPhones
My Glucose Buddy: Store data by manually entering glucose numbers, carb intake, insulin doses, and activity then view your data online. Features include report printing, A1C estimator and push notification reminders. Available for iPhones and Androids
There are many more apps that can help with stress relief, tracking sleep cycles, goal setting, and even brain training. Check them out, and get on a healthier path!