Well of course a health and fitness post would be going up right about now! The world of healthy living can seem so daunting for someone who is just starting out or trying to jump back on the train they once fell off of. There are so many rules – “don’t eat that”, “workout 5 days a week”, “don’t overexert your workouts”, “this protein is the best”, “you don’t need to count calories”, “make sure you count your macros”!
So let’s break it down – here are a few health and fitness apps that will hands down relieve stress from your day by guiding you into some lifestyle choices that nobody can deny.
My Fitness Pal (free app!)– this is one of my two favorite apps that I use religiously. I’ve been using the MFP app for about 5 years now and I cannot tell you how much of a life-changer it has been. MFP does an excellent job of integrating thousands of foods via a bar code system that you can easily scan any package of. It instantly tells you serving sizes and all nutrition information related to said scanned product. You can then add that food to your food diary, consumed foods for the day, or save it to a favorites list so you can quickly choose it again without having to scan again. You can also create your own foods and recipes and save in the app as well as track your water intake. It literally takes the counting out of calorie counting for you. It adds calories consumed and subtracts calories burned each time you make an entry and tells you what you have left to work with for any given day.
So a quick rundown of a daily use of the app:
- Open app and add a target weight goal (as well as current height and weight)
- Input/scan foods you consume throughout the day (note: this is not nearly as intimidating as it sounds once you ‘favorite’ items to your list)
- Input how many minutes of exercise you did and choose what kind of workout it was from an extensive pre-loaded list
- Hit ‘Finish Diary’ and that’s it!
My favorite part: when you finish your diary for the day, the app tells you what your approximate weight will be in 5 weeks if every day was just like the day you are entering for. This is a motivation game-changer.
Endomondo (free app!)– This is the second fitness app that I use religiously. It is the very first one that I ever downloaded and I’ve always stuck with it because it performs so well, is idiot-proof, and is constantly updating and adding exercises and features. I keep a running log of how many miles I’ve ran, cycled, and hiked in addition to how many calories I’ve collectively burned, longest distance, best time, and routes most often taken. I can create and set a running route as a favorite and then keep trying to set a better pace if I choose to do so. Love, love, love this app!
My favorite part: the feature that calls out when 1 mile is completed, your lap time, and how many calories you just burned.
NIKE+ Run Club: this one is for the runner’s (obvi). Nike+ Run Club integrates Apple music as well as Spotify into its interface and is quite simple to use. Any runner knows how much your music can impact your run and this is one of the best features about this app. Another useful feature is the ability to select a workout plan that is tailored to your goals and fitness level. This app also feels very “social” in that it is oriented sort of like Instagram with its photos. If looking at your stats is more your thing – I might go with another app designed specifically for those folks who like to see their daily/weekly/monthly progress more efficiently.
My favorite part: being able to tailor a specific workout plan.