In today’s highly connected society, achieving your health, nutrition, and fitness goals is easier than ever. A wide variety of apps exist for both iOS and Android devices. Many of them can be obtained for free, while others have a minimal purchase price. The nice thing about an app, is that for most of us, they are always with us as we almost always have our mobile device with us. Whether your goal is to lose weight, increase your strength and endurance, or simply improve your overall health, there is an app for you.
Perhaps one of the best that I have personally used to track my food, water, and exercise intake is MyFitnessPal. This app allows you to set a weight goal and will determine the number of Calories you should intake each day. The app contains a large database of foods that you can search and will give you recommended amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fat, protein, and many others. It even give you the ability to enter a food that may not be in the database. At the end of each day, you are given a projected weight based on the number of Calories you consumed along with a visual of your intake.
If you have ever found yourself in a situation where you wanted to know what might be a better choice in regards to food intake, Fooducate might be the app for you. This app allows you to scan the barcode on a particular food and will give you healthier choices. Use this app when shopping and healthier options easier to find. Fooducate also allows you to track you food intake and exercise.
For those of you who like the outdoors and are up for a run, walk, or ride around campus, along the local trails, or on the back roads, RunKeeper is great for determining your pace, distance run, and time. As you enjoy your time outside, you are able to take pictures and share with friends and family. For those who are a little more competitive, the app has the ability to organize your information into charts allowing you to track your progress.
If you are going to be outdoors and away from home, RoadID is a great idea for family and friends to be able to determine your location. Simply give your username to your loved ones and they can monitor your progress. In the event that something were to happen to you and you didn’t return when expected, your family and friends could locate you. If something were to happen to you, the app has a personalized screen that allows you to enter emergency contacts along with important health information. This app is a must for those of you who are adventurous.
These are just a few of the apps that are available to those looking to improve their health, fitness, or nutrition. I challenge you to give them a try and see how they work for you. Remember, achieving your health, nutrition, and/or fitness goal is not a sprint. Take small steps. The results you see will be incredible.The mission of the Exercise & Sport Science Department at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is to prepare professionals through excellence in teaching, research and service that promote healthy behaviors and active lifestyles across the lifespan.