Top 5 apps for staying healthy

One year ago I bought myself an iPhone.

I’m not sure how I lived before that year.

It makes EVERYTHING easier, including being healthy. I use my phone for everything from tracking my exercise and calories to getting to sleep at night. I really believe that having such constant access to the tracking and other apps has helped me stay on point. I’ve been asked a lot about what app I use for running, so I thought it would be fun to share all my favorite apps for healthy living.

1. MyFitnessPal

Having the ability to track my calories on my phone keeps me accountable for what I eat no matter what. I also use it to look up foods when I’m at a restaurant so I can make the smartest choice. The app is super easy to use for everything from building recipes to copying meals from one day to the next (I tend to eat the same thing every day for weeks at at time). Sometimes I’ll put everything I know I’m going to eat in the app at the beginning of the day so if I’m feeling hungry I can look over what I have planned for later and decide whether I want a snack or not.

2. RunKeeper

I don’t think I ever would have completed Couch to 5K without this app. There are tons of distance tracking apps out there that use your GPS, but this continues to be my favorite because of its “coaching option.” You can create tons of complex interval workouts and choose how many times you want it to repeat for great interval training. I also love that you can set it to notify you when you hit a certain distance or time, or both. It doesn’t hurt that the voice on the app has a British accent either 😉 Sometimes I find that the GPS isn’t totally accurate, but I think that has more to do with my phone than the app. Overall this gets a big two thumbs up.

 

3. Convert Units

This thing does everything, currency, energy, mass, temperature, volume, time…I continuously find new ways to use it. I probably open it most when I’m in the kitchen, however, and need to covert grams to pounds or cups to tablespoons. Because I cook mostly for one, I’m always adapting recipes and using this app takes the guess work out of measurements.

4. Sleep Pillow

I decided to download this app one day on a whim and fell in love. I set it to play a “thunderstorm” sound for 15 minutes and I’m usually asleep before it’s over. Since I don’t have air condition, I sleep with a fan on during the summer and I think my brain missed the white noise putting me to sleep. I’m typically a good sleeper (except for when I’m stressed) but there is something about this app that just puts my mind in sleep mode.

5. Starbucks

I’m a total coffee (and Starbucks specifically) addict and before I started learning more about my health, it was not unusual for me to consume a couple of frappucinos or caramel macchiatos a week. This app lets you customize your drink before you order and shows you the nutritional information.  It also keeps track of your favorite combinations. I love playing around with it and building different drinks.

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Now….The numbers:

Starting weight: 243

Last week: 173

This week: 171.5

Change: -1.5

Total loss: 71.5

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9 thoughts on “Top 5 apps for staying healthy

  1. This is great! I can’t wait to try out the conversion one especially since like you said I’m usually cooking for one. That’ll help too since I usually overbuy on food quantities since I’m working to match the recipe. =)

    • Your first blog comment!! Yay! That app is the BEST. It also worked in India when I needed to convert rupees to dollars..it really does do everything and you don’t need an internet connection. Keep the comments coming! 🙂

  2. This is such a helpful post, Jodi! I’m going to download every single one of these apps (except Starbucks, because I already have it). 🙂

    When I track my food, I usually use Livestrong/MyPlate, however their iPhone app isn’t very user friendly, so I have to log everything on my laptop (which can be inconvenient when you’re running around all day!). Maybe it’s time to switch over to MyFitnessPal. Does the app sync with the laptop, or do you only use your phone?

    I am SO excited about Convert Units! This is going to save me a ton of time when I’m adapting a recipe (also for one).

    And I sleep with a white noise machine every night, so when I travel I often have issues going without it. Problem solved with Sleep Pillow!

    Thanks so much for sharing these! xoxo

    • It syncs up completely with my laptop which I love! All my recipes, foods, everything is in both places. I could go for days without logging on in my computer which is actually kind of nice.

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