In this day and age, it’s rare to find someone without a smartphone. There’s obviously conflicts about which smartphone is the best – where people (not including me) find that its super important that there is phone is 0.02 seconds faster than another phone. Whether you’re an iOS lover or Android lover, a smartphone is a smartphone. And with these incredible devices, come incredible apps, including ones that can help you be health-savvy. Below, you’ll find the four apps that I’ve tried and
1. PumpUp | This app is amazing… I think it’s safe to say that everybody needs workout motivation once in a while (or everyday for me before this app). PumpUp is like an Instagram but only for fitness related posts. You connect with other PumpUp users by posting what meals you ate, what exercises you did, but you also send encouraging words and advice when you’re off the fitness bandwagon. If you’re lacking motivation to workout or you want your New Year’s Resolution this year to actually stick, I seriously recommend trying out PumpUp.
2. Fooducate | Like the name says, Fooducate is a great app for those who aren’t sure about what healthy foods are and what healthy foods isn’t, to educate themselves. Fooducate has a search option as well as scanner option (so all you have to do is scan the food item if it has a barcode). After that, it gives a grade on what the food is. So for example, I chose an all-time favorite of many, Nutella. As you can see it’s grade is a C. If you click on it, it gives you explanations why it got that grade and also alternatives that have a better grade. If you don’t want to go through the work of counting calories but still want to be conscious of your food choices, I highly recommend using Fooducate. I know a lot of people went through a healthy lifestyle change by only eating foods that were rated A or B!
3. Map My Run | Being a runner, I can’t help but have an app devoted to running. I hate running on a treadmill, so I try to run outside when I get the opportunity. I love the easy to use and clean interface of Map My Run. I’ve heard of countless other running apps – Nike, Endomondo, and RunKeeper – but I’ve never found a reason or excuse to delete Map My Run and replace it with another running app.
4. Pacer/Apple Health | These two go hand in hand. Being an iOS user (please don’t start a iOS vs Android battle here!!), I automatically have Apple Health installed. With that being said, I don’t find the need to download another app to track my steps when I already have one built in to my phone. Instead of buying the quite costly fitness trackers like FitBit or Jawbone, I just stick with an app. I think being the Type-A personality I am, I’ll become obsessive about getting my daily steps in. I think counting steps goes a long way. Walking, I believe, is the most underrated form of exercise. People these days believe that exercise is exercise only when it’s really hard. However, I think the most important thing about exercise is that it’s enjoyable and thus, sustainable. It’s not good if you go running at fast pace for a week and stop compared to walking 30 minutes five days a week. So, with that long explanation, using your phone to track your steps will be a great way to start changing your lifestyle toward a more healthy one. For Android users who don’t have Apple Health or a built-in step tracker, I recommend Pacer. I used to use this app before Apple Health was introduced.
Do you guys have any fitness/health apps you recommend for me to try out that I didn’t mention in this post? Or do any of you guys have these four apps already downloaded? How were your experiences with them? Let me know in the comment section below!