Introducing mobile apps that help us eat right and exercise. Wherever you go, you have the power in your hands to make healthier choices. These mobile apps are simple to use and offer guidance and motivation for you to reach your goals.
There are basically two platforms for these apps: Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android.
Who needs a personal trainer when you have an iPhone? Sure your iPhone doesn’t look as good in a muscle shirt as Mark at 24-Hour Fitness, but then again Mark doesn’t come with over 500,000 apps that are instantly downloadable.
Let’s take a look at some of the apps iPhone offers to help you lose weight and feel great.
Lose It! – This is a free workout journal and food diary in one. It tracks how many calories you eat, how many you burn and how many more (if any) you may consume that day. To motivate you, a graph illustrates how much weight you’ve lost so far.
Good Food Near You – Another free mobile app that, in my opinion, is brilliant. How many times have you started a diet (and you’re doing really great) and then three weeks into it you have to take a business trip and are stuck eating whatever food you can find in the vending machine or at a nearby diner? This app uses GPS to locate healthier eating choices near you. It takes the guesswork and added calories out of your traveling meals.
Nutrition Tips – If Trivial Pursuit and Richard Simmons had a baby app, it would be Nutrition Tips. Not only does this app help you make healthy eating choices, it also gives you fun food facts. Did you know oysters contain protein, calcium, phosphorus and iron? Well, you would have known if you had this application. Oh, and it’s free as well.
iFitness – At only $1.99, this app is loaded with amazing features, including 200 sample exercises and 100 instructional videos. It also has 12 routines created by fitness experts, plus weight logs and graphing technology. About the only thing this app doesn’t come with is the willpower to drive past Krispy Kreme.
There was a time when I heard the term android that I immediately thought of that weird cop in “Terminator 2” with the big ears and angular face. Now when I hear Android I think, “I can get into the greatest shape of my life with all these cool droid apps!”
CardioTrainer – This all-in-one free app lets you track your cardio routines and motivates you to move with its music integration feature. For those with a competitive streak, CardioTrainer has a feature called World High Scores that lets you compare your stats to other people around the world. I know I feel better at the end of the day when I can safely proclaim that I burned 38 more calories than some guy named Olaf in Norway.
Calorie Counter by FatSecret – Part of this app is what you might expect, a food and exercise journal that tracks calories in and calories out. One really cool feature is the barcode scanner and Calorie Counter also comes with recipes and meal ideas.
Endomondo Sports Tracker – Fitness goes social with this app, which not only tracks your fitness but also lets you challenge your friends and send them pep talks in real time. Clean user interface and mapping capabilities make this app highly functional as well as fun. At just 49 cents, it’s a runaway bargain.
AllSport GPS – This app lets a user analyze workout data by using GPS to get a precise way of measuring pace, speed, time and distance. It also allows users to see the workout they just did on an overlaid map, and can track any sport, be it running, mountain biking or walking. The only thing missing is an ice-cold Gatorade.
With so many mobile solutions available, achieving a healthy lifestyle has never been easier. Just download your mobile app of choice and you have a best friend, coach and nutritionist right at your fingertips.
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