Committing to healthier lifestyles with more exercise and more nutritional food always sounds like a good idea, but can sometimes be a drag at the start. The good news is it doesn’t have to be.
And what better tool to help us accomplish the task than our mobile phones, which we have with us all day long, and notice within minutes if it’s going missing?
This is where the clever idea to combine a healthy lifestyle with our do-all mobile phones comes in. A wide range of mobile phone apps today will help you create a food and exercise regimen that you can stick to in the long-term in ways that are fun and dynamic.
Here are some of the top rated mobile apps to help monitor your health. Take a look at what will be your perfect fit.
Consider this app motivation made simple. Unlike many fitness and health apps that focus on carefully logging data about food intake and daily fitness regimen, Cody relies on a different type of motivation: peer pressure, you could say.
The Cody app helps you to connect with a community of people with similar goals of getting in shape and creating a healthier lifestyle—the Facebook of exercise. What could be better than having a workout buddy—or a couple hundred—at just a touch of the button?
Not only will you get advice from other workout partners, you’ll also have access to workout plans created by real professionals, many of which are free.
Here, copy-cats are encouraged. Learn what workouts are working best for your friends, and which you might want to try out yourself.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.
Here’s where things get real. If you’re an infamous slacker when it comes to exercise commitment (or any other kind of commitment), maybe it’s time to try something new. Put your money where your mouth is with the Pact app.
With this app, you’ll actually bet against yourself, offering up money to meet your health goals.
Increase your fitness levels, accelerate personal weight loss, check in at the gym, snap photos of your meals, and connect with partner health apps such as RunKeeper, Fitbit, Jawbone Up, MapMyRun, and MyFitnessPal.
Meanwhile, you’ll be managing the money you have on the line, and get notifications as you earn money.
The Pact app boasts that participants have reached 95% of their exercise goals.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.
Type A personality types rejoice. The MyFitnessPal app has been designed with exactly you in mind.
Track your food, given a database of over 6 million foods in the database. Rather than manually inputting caloric data and other nutritional facts, this app automatically calculates for you. Even further, the app automatically syncs with recipes and popular restaurants that makes managing your diet simple.
Logging your exercise regimen is equally user-friendly. You’ll have over 350 exercises to choose from including running, biking, swimming, reps, and yoga and can automatically connect to over 50 apps.
MyFitnessPal is compatible with such apps as Including Fitbit, MapMyFitness, Strava, Jawbone UP, Garmin, Misfit, Withings, Runkeeper, Runtastic, HealthKit, and UA Record.
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Desktop
Your first thought when diving into a healthy lifestyle may be to jump on the treadmill or take up a strict diet regimen. The truth, however, is that none of these steps are possible without first adhering to a healthy sleep schedule.
Thankfully, there’s an app to help you accomplish just that.
Sleepbot helps you manage sleep alarms, customize your alarm (including motion tracking), produce sleep graphs and statistics.
Additional features include Movement Tracker, Sound Recorder, Sleep Debt Log, Data Analysis, Trend Graphs, and Sync to mysleepbot.com
Available on: iOS and Android
- Zombie Run
“I don’t run because it’s too boring” you’ve said once or twice before. Running outside or in a gym, either way, you can’t find the motivation or the interest. But running doesn’t have to be boring, and won’t be when zombies are out to get you.
When you’re running for your life, you hardly need an extra motivation. Here you’re at the center of your own zombie action movie, playing the role of leading hero. In the background, you’ll hear pulsing audio music, sure to get your blood pumping. At the mercy of the zombies, you’re not only running to save yourself but a number of other innocent survivors as well.
Take this app wherever you go, at any speed.
Pro versions (paid) are also available.
Free. Requires Android 4.0 or above