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.
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.
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.
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.
Starting weight: 243
Last week: 173
This week: 171.5
Total loss: 71.5