“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”
~ John F. Kennedy
Exercise and Fitness Apps (That are actually worth your time)
We spend a truly outrageous amount of time on our phones. In fact, according to Dr. Richard House, an average person spends about 1/3 of their waking hours on their cellular device. Our thumbs must be in great shape. What is even more dumbfounding is the fact that our modern cell phones are stronger than the computers that first sent a man to the moon, yet we use them to watch cat videos and blog about tree nuts. On the other hand, however, technology has helped to create a global community and economy, and while it may be counterintuitive, it can also motivate you to stay active. The app stores for iOS and Android phones are filled with fitness and nutrition apps, some being better than others. We have compiled a list of applications that are actually worth the hype. Just remember to be present and to set the phone down when its not being used!
A simple app that takes a personal approach. After entering some basic information about yourself, it will score different food items based on how healthy it is for you. For more information, click here.
Healthy and organic foods are expensive, no? NO! Thrive Market is a database and of health foods that you can purchase for low prices. Though there is a membership fee each year, consistent use will make it worthwhile. For more information, click here.
A calorie counter and food/exercise log that is just not to be rivaled. The database is extensive and the calorie-burner estimates are quiet accurate (provided that you give the app accurate information). Plus, its a fun way to challenge yourself and your friends. For more information, click here.
Want an app that will keep you really honest? Rise connects you with a nutritionist to whom you send pictures of all your meals. As you set personal goals, the nutritionist will help you tweak your diet to fit your needs. The app is free, but the program and personal nutritionist will cost you $14.99 weekly, which is MUCH cheaper than a face to face appointments with registered dietitians. For more information, click here.
Workout videos with Cassey Ho, plus a workout calendar and healthy recipes! For more information, click
This amazing and fun app turns your jog into a mission to save humanity. You can collect points and objects while you avoid creepy zombies. For more information, click here.
You can walk and jog at your pace and give to charity at the same time. This nifty app gets corporations to donate a few cents for every mile you complete, which can really add up after consistent use! For more information, click here.
Most of us already have Spotify on our mobile devices. This is a part of the app that evaluates your running speed and finds songs to match your pace, not the other way around. For more information, click here.
Best used if you already own a Fitbit tracker, but the app can actually be used without one. It will still count your steps all day, provided that you carry your phone with you everywhere. However, the trackers will automatically sync up with your app throughout the day, so you don't have to carry your cell all the time. Some off the trackers can give you information about your sleeping habits and heart rate, too. For more information, click here.