I have to admit….
I am relatively new to the whole app thing.
The truth is – until (very) recently, I didn’t use them.
I tend to keep things simple and I prefer not to get terribly immersed in all of the latest technology for various reasons.
However, in an effort to gain a better understanding of how apps work and who benefits from them (and why), I’ve decided to do a bit of investigating.
Now while I can’t say that I have become well acquainted with many of them, I have taken the liberty of investigating a few of the apps that I feel will benefit anyone looking to stay connected to their healthy-living program while out and about.
Whether you’re on your way out to eat, dealing with an injury, or in need of specific food information while at the grocery store, the following apps will have something valuable to offer you.
And the best news is that they’re all free.
Now before I continue, let me mention that I am well aware that there may be some apps that many of you currently use and perhaps feel should have been included in this post.
In response, I’ll say that I respect that, but I have decided to focus on the ones that stood out to me because I found something unique in them – and for that reason, these are the ones I’d like to discuss today.
3 Fantastic Health and Wellness Apps to Use
Sparkpeople.com is a free online website dedicated to help people lose weight.
They offer a wide variety of tools to help you design a weight loss program based on your own specific needs.
Their app includes everything you’ll find on their website, so at your fingertips, you will have access to:
- Diet plans
- Exercise programs
- Food and fitness trackers
- Personalized daily menu options
- Articles and blog posts from experts about nutrition, exercise and motivation
- Exercise video demonstrations and programs
- Restaurant/ dining out menu options
- Online chats and message options with other members for support
Sparkpeople is user friendly and their experts are well-qualified enough to warrant credibility in the advice they dispense.
They have over 15 million registered users, they have been named “One of the Best Diets” by U.S. News & World Report and have been featured in People Magazine, the Today Show, Good Housekeeping and more.
Once you download the app, you can create an account and get started on your weight loss goals immediately. You’ll be able to personalize your home screen to feature whatever is most important to you, and you’ll be on your way to staying connected to the process of well-being.
I personally used Sparkpeople several years ago for my own weight loss program and I found it to be quite helpful.
For more information, visit their website and register for the free program.
Red Cross First Aid
The American Red Cross offers an app that I feel everyone should have access to, especially if you’re involved in an exercise program.
The Red Cross First Aid app is filled with important, life-saving tools that can help anyone deal with an unfortunate situation, even if they have no medical background.
In this app, you will find:
- Videos, pictures and animations to help with any situation requiring first aid.
- Interactive quizzes to help you understand the signs and symptoms of any number of emergency situations including loss of consciousness, hypo/hyperglycemia/diabetes, heart attack, choking, strains and sprains, insect bites, wound repair, stroke, and more.
- An integrated 911 call system that can be used directly from the app.
- Safety tips for just about anything and everything…ranging from injury prevention to weather related catastrophes.
Since the content on this app is pre-loaded, you don’t need to be connected to the internet to gain acess to the information when needed.
Recognized for its usefulness by websites such as Mashable, Complex.com and Babble.com – this is one app you’ll definitely want to keep with you.
For more information, visit their website.
Fooducated is another tool designed to help with weight loss.
It’s free to use, however, some of the features do require an upgrade that includes a cost (gluten-free/ non-gmo info, etc).
The reason I added this to my list of fantastic apps to have on hand is because I LOVE the fact that you can use the scanner tool (free) to check the ingredients of any food item you’re looking to purchase at the store in an effort to get more insight into the ingredients.
As one user said in their review “Fooducate is like having a dietitian on speed dial”, and this is because of the detailed information you can received about what’s in your food.
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to making healthy food choices has to do with having insight into ingredients. Anyone can decide to pick up an item that advertises the number of calories it has per serving – but the question is…
What are those calories made of?
This is important. And since it can be tough to understand labels (some of these ingredients could easily be around 100 syllables per word)…any additional information to help you to gain some clarity into what you’re about to purchase will come in handy.
This goes for whether you’re looking to lose weight or simply feed your family clean and healthy foods.
Fooducate has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, Shape Magazine, Lifehacker.com and more.
You can find more info about by visiting their website.
I Know There Are Many More I Haven’t Covered…
You may be thinking that I have failed to mention several other apps out there that are just as fantastic as the three I discussed in this post – and I’ll say that you’re probably right.
As I had mentioned above, I’m relatively new to the app thing, so I am just now beginning to discover some of these wonderful tools that have been available for quite a while.
Given some time, I’ll do more investigating and create a follow-up post to share my views on other available apps designed for weight loss and healthy living.
If you would like to offer some suggestions, please leave them in the comments section and I’ll make it a point to check them out.
Have you used any of the three apps discussed here today?
Image credit goes to Redcross.org