Before you know it, we’ll all be counting down to another New Year.
Get a jump on your health and fitness resolutions now with the following
apps to guide and motivate you:
1. LOSE IT! helps you … yep, you guessed it … shed pounds. It creates
a customized weight loss plan where you log your food and exercise. To
track meals, just scan bar codes, search foods in the app’s library
or snap a picture, and Lose It! finds calories and nutritional info for
free. For $39.99 a year, you can also track things like water intake and
how much (or little) sleep you’re getting.
2. MYFITNESSPAL tells you, based on age, weight and activity level, how many calories you
can eat daily to lose or maintain weight. Enter what you eat and MyFitnessPal
tracks nutritional info plus macros. Record your workouts and the app
will figure those in when advising on how many calories you can consume.
User-friendly with a library of 5 million-plus foods. A subscription (up
to $49.99 a year) will give you access to more data; otherwise, it’s free.
3. STRAVA is likely familiar to any athletes who might be in your house. This multi-sport
application can plan routes and log activity. It tracks distance, time,
pace and elevation, plus your workouts over time to see where and when
personal records (PRs) have been set. It’s also nown for its social
media component– athletes can connect with friends, give kudos and
even compete. Free, though a membership gives you personalized coaching,
training plans, etc. Price varies.
4. POCKET YOGA ensures you’re never too far from a sun salutation; yoga studio and
in-the-flesh teacher not required. For $2.99, the app offers three vinyasa-based
sessions in varying lengths and levels. First-timers may find an in-studio
class beneficial to start. But all in all, if you’re using the aforementioned
fitness apps, goodness knows you could use a good stretching, balance
and breathing practice.
5. HEADSPACE is your own personal meditation guide and offers mindfulness training,
too. Sleep better, focus better, stress less. Great for those just learning
the basics of meditation, for whom the app is free. Looking for more advanced
meditations? Subscriptions start at $12.99 a month.