Being healthy is not always easy in today’s world. Food is over-processed and packed full of sugar, busy schedules are making it difficult to sleep, and a doctor’s appointment can take months to set up. Overworked, lacking nutritional diets, and sleep-deprived, we do our best to muddle through our lives, but there has got to be a better way.
Fortunately, there is! Although it sometimes contributes to our troubles, technology has also come up with quite a few solutions to simplify our lives and give us the tools for a healthy life. Here are five helpful mobile apps that will empower you to make some changes and be healthier. Grab your smartphone and start downloading; once you have these apps you will never look back.
If you want to keep track of what you are eating, your best bet is to eat at home…right? While it is much easier to know what you are putting into your body when you are the one making it, going out to eat can be fun and sometimes unavoidable. So, how can you keep track of your diet and calorie goals?
MealSnap makes this as easy as taking a picture. Of course, you will want to read menu descriptions and make healthy decisions when ordering your meal, but if you want to log the calories you have eaten, MealSnap will analyze the picture and give you the total. Whether you use this as a motivating tool or as a way to guilt yourself into making better choices the next day, MealSnap is a useful app to add to your smartphone.
If you live in a busy urban area or if you need to see a medical specialist, the wait time can be quite dispiriting. In some cases, wait times can be as long as six months to a year. But what if you need to see a doctor now? Have no fear, virtual doctoring is finally here!
While you may find that several apps offer virtual doctor visits, HealthTap is the oldest and best out there, offering access to 68,000 doctors practicing in 137 specialties. What’s more, HealthTap is entirely free to use. Once you have HealthTap, you can run just about anything health-related past a real, licensed doctor.
New Year’s resolutions have failed, but you still want to exercise more and eat better. If you are willing to bet on your own success and throw a little monetary motivation in the mix, Pact is the app for you.
The app gives you the option to choose from three different pacts: food logging, veggie, and workout. Once you decide on which pact or pacts you would like to do, set your goal for each week. Maybe you want to workout five times a week and eat 15 fruits or veggies, or just keep track of everything you eat.
Now here’s the cool part: if you meet your goal, you get paid! No, it’s not a huge amount of money, but it all adds up over time. If you don’t meet your goal, then you are the one who has to pay. Just the right balance of punishment and reward make this the perfect app for those who really want to commit to a healthier lifestyle.
If you are ready to make the change to healthier eating choices, but you’re not sure where to start, Zipongo may be able to help. Developed by a doctor at Boston Medical Center and the non-profit organization Fitness Forward, Zipongo will give you the support and structure that you need to succeed in dieting or just making a lifestyle change.
Put in any allergies or dietary restrictions, and let Zipongo create weekly recipes for you. Once you know what you are cooking, you will also get personalized coupons for local grocery stores so that you can always find what you are looking for at a reasonable price. Dieticians are pricey, but with this handy app, you will never need to go to one. Simply let your phone and the experts at Zipongo do the work for you.
5. Insight Timer
Although we tend to think of health as an entirely physical concern, the reality is our mental health is just as important. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked. With Insight Timer, you can get back on track through meditation and mindfulness exercises.
Many people avoid meditation, thinking it requires high levels of focus or special concentration. In reality, meditation can be as simple as setting aside a few minutes a day to just be alone, quiet, and yourself. Insight Timer provides several playlists, including beginner meditations, relaxation exercises, and practices that encourage deep, healthy sleep. The best part about this app is the feeling of community that it fosters; you can see how many people are meditating “with you” across the world, you can share and recommend your favorite tracks, and you can watch your own progress from novice to expert meditator.
Transform and simplify your life with these five great apps. Technology can do more than keep us sedentary with social media and videos. So, start exercising, meditating, cooking, and tracking your calories. You won’t regret it, and you will find a better, fitter, more productive you on the other side.
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