I’ve only officially been an iPhone adopter for a little over a week, but I’ve had an iPad for almost a year and it’s given me plenty of time to get into the world of apps. The variety of amazing apps available out there to help with health and wellness is just remarkable. Here are some of my favorites:
For those of you not on the high-tech running bandwagon, RunKeeper allows you to accurately monitor your distance, pace and total time all by using GPS tracking. There are about a million and one GPS running apps out there, but I’ve really grown fond of RunKeeper specifically. I really enjoy the options for audio cueing and I think the display is easy to read and use. It functions well and I love that it plays right over my playlists. Who needs to shell out $200 for a GPS watch when you can do it all on your phone?
Babyface and I love a good hike and AllTrails is an app that helps you find hiking trails near you. The trails are listed with length, difficulty rating, photos and real-person reviews. Once you arrive at the trail, you can “check-in” on the app and it downloads a map and important information to your phone for viewing when you are offline.
I tried to use MyFitnessPal online before and was thoroughly unimpressed with the design and usability of the website, so imagine my shock when it turns out the MFP app is absolutely the best when it comes to nutrition and fitness tracking! I find it so easy to track food on the go now with the MFP app. Most tech-y fun part? It has barcode scanning. Eat from a box of crackers? Just scan the barcode and MFP will automagically add it to your food log.
I definitely believe that menu planning and buying your own food is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, so that’s why a grocery shopping app made it on the list. I love this app! It is basically a supercharged grocery list making tool. I can set up separate lists for separate stores. It automatically categorizes the foods I enter based on the aisles I’ve set up. I can do barcode scanning (say, I need to replace that box of crackers I ate) and, it links directly into the Coupons.com database to find coupons that you can then wirelessly load to your store shopper’s card. No need to print a grocery list or the coupons.
One of the more tricky parts of the grocery store to navigate is the seafood section. We often hear about sustainably raised beef and organic produce, but the news doesn’t cover seafood frequently. Use this app to help determine what are good choices (both ethically and physically) for you and your family. And learn more about why you need to avoid certain seafoods like the plague.