10 Best Tech Apps for Healthy Living
Healthy living requires more than exercise and diet. Expereal helps track users' emotional state, which can affect every facet of their life. The app reminds users to rate their current mood on a simple scale. Over time, a progression graph provides an accurate representation of a user's emotional state. The app is free for iOS users.
MyFitnessPal is not just a healthy living app; it is the most highly recommended one. The app contains a database with over two million food items, including brand names and restaurants. At its core, MyFitnessPal tracks calories. However, it also tracks exercise, water intake, vitamins, nutrients, and measurements. It is free and available for all mobile devices.
Grocery stores should be a source of nutritious foods but confusing ingredients and misleading labels can make it difficult to choose wisely. Users scan items with the app and every positive and negative attribute pops up immediately. Fooducate also grades each item to help simplify healthy food shopping. The basic app is free with an upgrade available to Pro. It is available for iOS and Android.
Epcurious is an essential kitchen app with tens of thousands of professional recipes. Within the app, users can find recipes, save them, and compile a shopping list with the necessary ingredients. Step-by-step recipes make cooking healthier easier, even on complicated recipes. The app is free and available for iOS and Android.
As the name implies, Lose It! is an app dedicated to helping users shed unhealthy pounds. After inputting the relevant data, the app compiles a customized plan for healthy weight loss. Use the app to track food intake, exercises, and join a community/support system. The app is able to sync with most fitness apps, tracking devices, and is available for free on iOS, Android, Kindle, and Nook.
Sleep Cycle turns mobile devices into an advanced sleep tracker. Users place their smartphone or tablet in bed with them to track phases of sleep. The sleep patterns are analyzed and the app attempts to wake users up in the lightest phase of sleep, resulting in an easier wake up. Users can view and monitor their sleep cycles at any time. The app costs between $1 to $2 dollars and is available for iOS.
Meditation is a powerful tool for reducing stress and can help aid in weight loss. Equanimity provides users tools for timing meditation sessions, journaling post-meditation, and monitoring schedules. Developers created a streamlined app with little extraneous graphics or sounds to keep users in the moment. Equanimity is available on iOS for between $4 to $5.
For fitness novices who want to avoid spending tons of money on fancy running tracking watches and GPS devices, RunKeeper is free option available on iOS and Android. The app tracks duration, distance, calories burned, and more data for every run. The data collected helps monitor fitness goals or connects and shares with other users.
Zombies, Run! is a fun way to increase fitness. The app turns running, either outside or on a treadmill, into a unique video game. Every run gets a boost from voiceovers alerting users to an incoming zombie horde. In between runs, or missions, the app allows users to build up a base to reinforce the game mentality. It is available for iOS, Android, and Windows. Zombies, Run! costs about $4.
An ideal fitness plan should incorporate diet, exercise, and mental health. Kahn Academy provides hundreds of classes in video form in many subjects. The app gives users access to all courses and allows them to construct a free education plan. It is free and available for iOS and Windows Phone.