As technology continues to grow, there are a number of fitness, health, wellness, and nutrition apps that we can download to our mobile devices to help us log our food, track our workouts, set goals, meditate, connect with other like-minded fitness enthusiasts, get inspired and motivated, stay accountable, try new recipes, find close-by health food, etc. If you’re looking for anything health and wellness related, as they say, there is probably “an app for that.” I’ve decided to collect and share with you some of my personal top 8 favorite apps with you. Give them a try or search out your own to motivate and guide you through your healthy lifestyle!
LoseIt is a really seamless nutrition logging application and website. It allows you to set a calorie budget for the day, track food, input exercise, and stay motivated with peer support and friendships. There is a premium membership and free membership based on your preference or level of desired features. You can also connect devices and accounts like a fitbit tracker, fitbit aria, Facebook, Twitter, Run Keeper, Nike, etc. I prefer this app over the more popular Myfitnesspal below because of its ease of use, simplicity, and the way they set up inputting your food and selection of portions.
This is the most well-known and universal nutrition tracking app. This platform contains a much larger community of people, so if community is what you’re looking for, this app might be your choice. However, the set-up and features are slightly more complex than LoseIt, but you get very similar types of features from both platforms. Additionally, if you have other apps, accounts, and devices you’d like to connect, Myfitnesspal syncs with a greater amount of these than does LoseIt.
Want to make money from your fitness and nutrition commitments? This is your app! Pact allows you to create, well, a PACT with the app for a weekly commitment to fruits/veggies, nutrition logging, and/or workouts. Complete your workouts? Get paid by the community from those who didn’t adhere to their pact. Don’t complete your workouts? You pay what you wager per missed activity. The motivation to get sh!t done is really high when money is involved!
If you’re aware, goal-setting is one of the best ways to help boost your achievement in any area of your life – including fitness and health. Lift helps you succeed with coaching, community, and data. So you can get guidance, encouragement, and set up reminders, learn from users and experts, and track your goals progress to keep you moving forward.
I know that Instagram is not specifically a health and wellness application, BUT the usefulness of this app for health and wellness purposes is HUGE – at least in my opinion. The community of fitness and health people here is so big that you can find inspiration and motivation for the development and continuation of your own lifestyle in seconds. (come find me! @tanyathurnau)
I used to track my workouts (sets/reps/time/etc.) the good old fashioned way up until VERY recently. I seriously think I was the only one carrying around a notebook or binder and pen around the gym with me. Then it hit me – there’s probably an “app for that.” Duh!! I ran across this little gem, fitlist. It allows you to save your workouts (sets, reps, and all) for future use. You can add your own exercises, as well. It’s so simple that it’s easy and fast to use DURING your workout so you never skip a beat. You can see past workouts with a quick calendar swipe or even plan future workouts.
The mind is just as important as the body in a healthy lifestyle. If you’ve never made meditation a daily practice (even 5 short minutes), I highly recommend it. Calm is great and has categories for different types of subject-centered focus and has times ranging from 2-30 minutes.
Guided Mind is another meditation app similar to Calm. There are 8 Guide Experts, 20 guided meditations, option to download your meditations so you can listen without an internet connection, TONS of premium meditations you can buy, 5, 15, and 30 minute meditations, and a variety of meditation topics to choose from.
Yours in Health,