Earlier last month a CBC News report talked to various health experts to get their opinion on the best apps for health, fitness and nutrition. For those of you with an iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackberry, you might want to check out some of these commonly recommended apps:
Weight Loss & Weight Maintenance Apps
¨ MyFitnessPal: I recently got an iPhone and this was one of the first apps that I downloaded. Overall, I find it’s useful for tracking what I eat and how much exercise I’m getting. However, my only concern is the accuracy of the calorie content and nutritional information assigned to various food items.
¨ Lose It!: This app is similar to MyFitnessPal. You can also add “friends” in order to track their progress and help each other stay motivated.
¨ MyNetDiary: Another calorie tracking app. Did you know that research has shown that individuals who track their food intake lose more weight than those who don’t?
Nutrition & Lifestyle Apps
¨ Sodium 101: This Canadian app tells you how much sodium is in various foods and helps track your overall consumption – a great tool for individuals with high blood pressure!
¨ GluCoMo: This app can help individuals with diabetes track their food consumption, blood sugar levels, and insulin dosage. The data can then be transmitted to a network of doctors for feedback.
¨ My Heart and Stroke Health: This app can help you assess your risk for heart disease, track and manage your blood pressure, and plan heart-healthy meals that are nutritious and low in sodium.
¨ iMapMyFitness: Record your workout duration, distance, speed, and calories burned. You can also track the route you traveled using an interactive map.
¨ Digifit: Similar to the app above – track your heart rate, distance, pace and calories burned during exercise.
¨ Pedal Brain: This app tracks where you bike using a GPS system, and then uploads your performance data in real-time to a website where personal trainers and teammates can also view your progress.
If you have been thinking about making an effort to record your daily health habits, I would highly recommend trying out one of these apps to start you off! It’s a great way to help you stay on track and remain mindful of your health-related goals. Don’t have a mobile phone that can download the app? No problem! Most of the apps listed above also allow you to track your progress on their website.
To read more posts by Laura, visit her personal blog called Inspiring Health Living.