Fitness, Mental Health, Nutrition

My Fav Health + Fitness Apps

     While most of the apps I use daily are for social media (how else am I gonna creep people?), I do have a few health + fitness apps on my phone that I use regularly, so I thought I would share them with you. Every single app I’ve listed here is FREE to download and FREE to use – so you can save your money for truly important things like snacks, coffee, and wine. Also, this is not a sponsored post (I don’t know if apps even pay people to use them/review them, but in case you were wondering, I was not sponsored. If anyone does want to pay me though, I will accept payments in the form of Tootsie Rolls, red wine, or cold hard cash.)

“RUNKEEPER”

screen696x696If you’re new to running, training for a marathon, a frequent walker, or just someone who does cardio – this is likely an excellent app for you. Before I had a treadmill to track my distance, calories burned, and time + pace, this app was my absolute go to for running. This app allows you to track the distance, pace, time, calories burned, elevation and even the GPS route of your outdoor runs/jogs/walks. It records each cardio workout, and allows you to compare your pace to see how you improve over time.

It will let you know when you’ve reached a new personal milestone, example: Completing your longest run or fastest pace ever. You can even record when you buy a new pair of running shoes, and after 500km it will alert you, so that you know when it’s time to consider a new pair. It’s simple to use, allows you to play your own music while using the app, and allows you to track and view your daily, weekly, and monthly progress. I used the app for well over a year, and recorded all of my walking, jogging, and running workouts. I run slower than a herd of turtles, but this app never judged me.

“MY FITNESS PAL”

FIT PALI think most people have heard of this app, but if not, it has a lot of pros, with one notable con – the suggested daily calories. My personal advice would be NOT to follow the app’s calorie suggestion, as I believe for most people the recommended calories are far too low. For example, after entering my height, weight, and goal (which at the time was weightloss), the app suggested that I eat 1200 calories a day. Yeah right. This is WAY too low for me, and in my opinion way to low for anyone. So, I would advise you to manually set your own daily calorie goal. 

That aside, this app is super handy because it: Allows you to track the calories for everything that you eat. And it allows you to scan the barcodes of most foods, so that you don’t need to manually enter the food that you ate or how many calories it contained. From my experience, the app has recognized 98% of the barcodes that I have attempted scanned. The app not only tracks calories, but macronutrients as well, so if you want to track Carbohydrates, Fat, and Protein in both grams and percentages, you can do so. While I no longer track calories, this app was essential for me in the beginning when I was still learning portion sizes, quantities, and how many calories were in the foods that I was eating.

“iHYDRATE”

waterAll the creepy guys that slide into my Instagram DM’s should download this app cause they be hella THIRSTYYY. I don’t know why I just did that. I’m sorry. Anyways, are you drinking enough water? Before I changed my lifestyle I was lucky if I managed to drink a litre (Canadian spelling) of water each day, I now drink at least a gallon a day and I track it all on this nifty little app.

This app allows you to record all of the beverages that you consume in a day: Water, juice, milk, coffee, tea, etc. It even let’s you track your wine or beer consumption, because those totally count toward your daily intake too. You can set a daily water (or wine) goal and the app will let you know how close you are to reaching your goal each day. Once you’ve hit your goal, it will let you know that you’ve reached 100% of your daily goal. Cue applause! This app is super simple to use, free, and makes hitting your daily water intake goals that much simpler.

“INTERVAL TIMER”

intervalIf you do HIIT workouts, you’re going to want to have this app. Before I discovered this app, I was using the timer on my iPhone to time my work periods and my rest periods (30 seconds of exercise, 30 seconds of rest). The problem with this is that I had to hit stop or pause after every interval, and then reset it for the next. This app allows you to set a “High” Interval and a “Low” Interval aka an Active interval and a Resting interval. Let’s say you want to do 30 seconds of sprinting + 30 seconds of rest repeatedly, you simply set both intervals to 30 seconds and then select the number of times you want to repeat these intervals.

You can also add in a “Warm Up” period and a “Cool Down” period, so that your entire workout can be done using the timer. A buzzer will sound when it’s time to switch from Resting to Working and vice versa, and you can change the sounds of each specific buzzer, so that you know what each buzzer means. The app does not affect your music, the buzzers simply sound over the music. And you don’t need to have your Cellular Data on in order to use the app, which is a bonus if you don’t have access to Wifi during your workouts. I hate cardio with a passion, but this app makes HIIT workouts, plyometric workouts, and sprint training a little better. 

“HEADSPACE”

HeadspaceMental health still seems to take a backseat to physical health, despite the fact that we’re living in a world where 1 in 4 people live with a mental illness. (PS: I’m 1 in 4). As someone who struggles with depression + anxiety, I’ve come to understand the importance of taking care of my mind as diligently as as I do my body. So, meet Headspace!

This app gives you a very simple, easy to follow introduction to meditation. Each meditation is guided, making it perfect for those who have never attempted to meditate before. All you need is a quiet space, an open mind, some headphones if you’d like, and 10 minutes. That’s it? Yep, that’s it! Meditation can take some getting used to, and it may take some people a while before it starts to feel natural – but there are countless benefits to daily meditation. So, if you’re curious about meditation, this app may be a helpful place for you to start.

I also have about 3 pizza delivery apps on my phone, but they didn’t seem appropriate to post here. So, these will have to do.

-SK

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