Put Your Smartphone To Good Use
In today’s digital age, we spend more time on our tablets and smartphones than ever before. Some health experts might say that our technology habits are preventing us from living a healthier lifestyle (something that we at Ascent Chiropractic in Brookfield know far too well), but with a little effort you can make technology work to your advantage. There are plenty of different iOS and Android apps available on your tablet or smartphone to help you get fit and healthy. Here are a few of the best.
Lose the Extra Pounds with Lose It! (iOS/Android)
Looking to lose a few extra pounds? Download the Lose It! app on your smartphone; it’s a personal trainer in the palm of your hand. Lose It! will help you set a suggested calorie budget for the day that’s appropriate for your weightloss goals and keep you accountable- if you miss your workout or forget to save your food intake, it will remind you with notifications. The app also includes a barcode product scanner to make tracking your meals effortless.
Stay Fit with RunKeeper (iOS/Android)
Enjoy running? If so, you should download the RunKeeper app. It tracks your time, distance and calories burned by using your mobile’s GPS. It will also record your running path and because it stores your data from previous running sessions, tracking your progress over time is easy. If you want to add variety to your workout, you can access its preloaded database of exercise routines. Besides making your workout more fun, RunKeeper has been proven to be effective in improving speed and endurance.
Perfect for Parents: Fooducate (iOS/Android)
One of the biggest concerns of parents today is the nutrition value of the food they serve their family. The Fooducate app will help parents determine a food item’s “Nutrition Grade” – A, B, C, or D – through a bar code scanner. The rating scale is created by food scientists and dieticians, and even goes the extra mile by suggesting healthier options to foods that get poor grades.
Is My Food Safe? (iOS/Android)
How safe is the food you eat? You can find out by using the Is My Food Safe? app, which provides you with answers to many of your concerns when it comes to food safety. Its functions include determining proper cooking temperatures for meats and a guide to proper storage of leftovers to prevent spoiling. It’s a great app that just about any health-conscious individual will find useful.
Sleep Cycle – For Good Sleep (iOS/Android)
Do you have problems getting quality sleep? Check out Sleep Cycle, an innovative app which allows you to get a good night’s sleep and only wake you up when you are at your lightest sleep cycle. The app accomplishes this with the use of the iPhone’s accelerometer, tracking your every movement during sleep. It then uses this information to gauge when you have gone from light to deep sleep. Plus, it runs on very low power so you don’t have to worry about it draining your phone’s battery overnight.