What’s App in Health & Fitness?

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A couple of years back, no one would have thought that their cell phone, computer or tablet would be a key tool in their wellness arsenal.

But boy, have the past few years seen an influx in health-related apps flooding the market. Some, of course, are purely gimmicks. But there are a few that are pure genius.

Here's a selection of my favorites.

MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular calorie counting apps out. The MyFitnessPal app is linked to its own website and easily links to other calorie tracking devices (at least one discussed below).

The app is user friendly and allowed me to enter basic information like my date of birth, weight, height, weight goal, etc. at registration. The app now allows me to enter meals and snacks throughout the day by typing text or by scanning the barcode on the food package.

A summary page displays my daily calories consumed (carb, protein, fat) and the number of calories left for the day in graph form. The app also allows me to add multiple types of exercise including cardiovascular and strength training.

MyFitnessPal may be downloaded from the Apple Store here.

MyFitnessPal

MapMyWalk allows me to track and map my daily walking activity. While I use MyFitnessPal to track my food, this app offers a food diary as well.

MapMyWalk lets me choose or create new walking routes. I love, love, love this app because I am  not yet a runner so I still get to journal and celebrate my kinda physical activity at my own pace.

This handy app uses my phone's GPS and measures not only how far I have walked (or run) but it also measures how many calories I have burned, my speed, even the elevation of my walk.

I can also easily upload my walking sessions to the MapMyWalk website to help me track my improvement.

This app can be downloaded at the Apple Store here.

MapMyWalk-GPS-Walking

Runtastic Heart Rate app allows me to monitor my heart rate -- when I wake up, after exercise or before a big meeting. I also love that the app measures how fast my heart beats with great accuracy using my smartphone camera and presents the results in a graph.

I don't personally use the Runtastic site but app users can easily upload, store and analyze their results online at runtastic.com. Online results may also be shared on social networks if that's your sort of thing.

To download the app for yourself, visit the Apple Store here.

Runtastic Heart Rate

Everest has to be one of my favorite apps for setting health and fitness goals and tracking my progress.

This app is easy to use and designed to unlock one’s potential—whether it be learning to cook 10 healthy meals, drinking more water, running in a marathon, climbing a mountain, traveling around the world or picking up a book to read every now and again.

Everest allows me to set goals, create a plan of action to achieve them, then track and share my progress with friends and followers, with whom I can also exchange tips, helpful links and words of encouragement.

The Everest app allows me to set up rewards for my good behavior. Finally, rewards that have nothing to do with food. That's the part I love! So, the next reward up is Dark Side lipstick by M·A·C.

Go ahead and set a new health and wellness goal with your own new Apple Store download here.

Everest_ios_app

What apps are you loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments and share the Sisterbration love!

Dr. Kim

Dr. Kimberly S. Clay, aka Dr. Kim, is Executive Director and founder of Dallas-based charity, Play Like A Girl!®. On a mission to inspire women and girls across the globe to live a happy, healthy and active lifestyle, Dr. Kim has set out to finally triumph in her own struggle with obesity by creating what she calls her "best me yet" in 2014-15. Sisterbration is the space she has dedicated to documenting the journey and her musings.

3 Comments

  1. julietopping

    17 August, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I just discovered your site and really love it. I’m late to the game reading this post, but wanted to say that what I like about MyFitnessPal is the way users can input recipes. That means if, for example, I find a recipe in a magazine, it’s often already in MyFitnessPal and someone has figured out or logged in the calories for me. It’s a great tool!

  2. Shirley Standberry

    24 February, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I use MyFitness Pal and Lose It! I’m going to check out some of the ones you have listed in your blog.

    • Dr. Kim

      26 February, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Hey there, Shirley. I’ve never heard of Lose it. I’ll be checking that one out today. Thanks for sharing!

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