It might seem like everyone is glued to their screens these days—but what if you could use the screen to help you get healthier? There are many ways to utilize technology to help boost your fitness, nutrition or other healthy habits.
Developers are releasing new apps all the time. Calorie and nutrition trackers like MyFitnessPal can help you record your caloric intake while also letting you monitor your total daily protein, sodium, vitamin C and other nutrients. Water-tracking apps like Plant Nanny can help you remember to drink enough water, while making the activity more fun. There are also apps that track your sleep and let you know when you were tossing and turning.
Fitness Motivation Programs
Couch to 5k is one of the most popular running motivation programs. You can download the app or view the program online. The idea is that you gradually increase your physical activity to go from sedentary to running a 5k in nine weeks. The program guides you through your new goals for each day.
Some people like to use apps like Map My Run to track their route. (You can get creative and use the app to “draw” shapes or write out words with your route.) To help kick up your adrenaline even more, there are apps like “Zombie Run” that create a post-apocalyptic zombie scenario to encourage you to increase you speed at different times to escape the horde.
Counting your steps is an easy way to figure out how active you are in an average day—and figure out how to increase your activity goals. The Fitbit is a well-known activity tracker. You could go also old school with a classic pedometer or use a smart watch. (Smart phones, like the iPhone, can track steps too, but if you don’t carry your phone with you everywhere, you might not get an accurate count.)
YouTube Exercise Videos
Want to try a new style of workout without the hassle of finding a new class? There are plenty of free workout videos on YouTube. One popular example is FitnessBlender. But whatever style of exercise you’re interested in, you can find a video to try it out. Yoga, Pilates, high-intensity interval training, gentle stretching, etc.
Brain Training Programs
Don’t just work out your body—work out your mind too! Download word game or puzzle apps. There are programs like Lumosity that have brain games to help improve memory, language, focus and other mental skills.
The most important app is the one that works best for you! If you’re on a budget, there are plenty of free resources out there. Do a little research and figure out what programs, apps or devices might help improve your healthy habits.