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20 Apps for Health

The truth is that most of us are attached at the hip to our phones. So why not use them for something healthy and productive? Here are some highly rated apps that will help you grocery shop, find farmer’s markets, read labels, workout, measure your heart rate, volunteer, sleep, etc, etc. You might be surprised at what your phone can do!

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Food: 

Eat Local: Helps you find out what produce is in season in your state, locate nearby farmers’ markets anywhere in the United States and has seasonal recipes. (Free: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.)

Locavore: Uses your phone’s GPS location to search for in-season, local food by pinpointing farms, farmers’ markets, and CSAs in your area. Also, has recipe suggestions using those seasonal ingredients. (Free:  iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad + Android)

Green Kitchen: Features vegetarian recipes, using whole grains and seeds, good fats and unrefined sugars, accompanied by beautiful, mouth-watering photos. ($4.99 iPhone, iPad, iPod)

Cook It Allergy Free: 200+ recipes organized by allergy type, ranging from gluten-free to nut and dairy. It also gives you options to trade out ingredients in recipes for an allergen-free ingredient. ($4.99 iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)

Whole Foods Market Recipes: A collection of recipes filtered by categories such as Budget, Cooking with Kids, and Quick & Easy, along with special diet categories for gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan. You can also build shopping lists from recipes or find recipes with ingredients that you already have. (Free: iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch)

Do Eat Raw: 300 +  raw, vegan recipes and easy-to-use shopping lists. ($0.99 iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)

Fooducate: Allows you to use your phone to scan a product barcode, see the nutrition information, product highlights and negatives and select better alternatives. (Free: iPhone, iPad, iTouch + Android)

HealthyOut: Finds you dishes at local restaurants that match your diet and nutrition preferences, such as high protein, low sodium, low calorie or vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free. Filter by cuisine, ingredients or type of dish and receive detailed nutrition information so that you can choose a healthy option. (Free:  iPhone, iPod Touch + iPad)

Fitness: 

My Fitness Pal: Log and keep track of your daily food intake (with a database of over two million food items) and exercise. (Free: iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry)

Nike Training Club: 100 custom-built workouts, along with detailed instructions and audio support. You can also set the workout to your music, share your progress and earn rewards. (Free: iPhone, iPad, iTouch + Android)

Moves: This app is always on and tracking any walking, cycling and running you do throughout the day, no need to start or stop! (Free: iPhone, iPad, iTouch)

Couch to 5K: A training plan and virtual coaches that help you move for as little as 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week, for nine weeks to get you ready to run your first 5K. It tracks your progress and graphs help you compare your pace and distance. ($1.99:  iPhone, iPad, iTouch + Android)

Pocket Yoga: 27 different yoga sessions, where you can choose between 3 different practices, 3 different difficulty levels and 3 different durations. Also, comes with an extensive dictionary of yoga poses and terms. ($2.99: iPhone, iPad, iTouch)

Cardiio: Powered by MIT cutting edge technology, this app has you simply look straight into the front camera of your iPhone/iPad to measure your heart rate from a distance. It analyzes your heart rate data to provide you with a fitness level rating, along with resting rates that it compares to averages. ($1.99: iPhone, iPad)

Vitogo: Tell the app your goals and it will give you a long-term workout program that’s tailored to you and your fitness background. It will automatically change your routine every 4-6 weeks to ensure that you won’t hit a plateau. ($0.99: iPhone, iPad, iTouch)

Runkeeper: Uses GPS to track your running and progress statistics (Free: iPhone, iPad, iTouch + Android)

Wellness: 

Gratitude Journal: Write down 5 things you’re grateful for each day. Add a photo, rate your day and receive an inspirational quote. After three weeks, you should feel a positive change in your attitude and an improvement in your relationships. What’s the harm in trying? ($0.99: iPhone + iPad)

Fig: Helps you meet your wellness goals in 6 different categories (eat, move, refresh, connect, feel and go further). Browse others’ goals or create your own and track your progress. You can also invite friends to take part in your goal and stay connected to the Fig community through tips, suggestions and support. (Free: iPhone, iPad and Android).

VolunteerMatch: VolunteerMatch makes it easy to volunteer. Search opportunities in your area from over 92,725 participating organizations. Read reviews from actual volunteers, bookmark projects for later or sign up now. (Free: iPhone, iPad + iTouch)

Sleep Cycle: This bio alarm clock uses the phone’s accelerometer to measure your movement throughout sleep and wake you during your lightest sleep cycle. Waking up in the lightest sleep phase is supposed to be the most natural way to wake up – leaving you feeling rested and relaxed. ($0.99: iPhone, iPad + iTouch)

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nancy Barness #

    Love this info- thanks!

    May 29, 2013

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