Making healthier decisions isn't always easy. For me, basically anything covered in marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese sounds like a good idea. Pizza is and forever will be my weakness. Unfortunately, I learned I can't live off pizza and chicken parm subs so I had to start being more accountable about what I'm putting in my body. I've found some apps that are available on both App Store and the Play Store that I think are great tools in getting fit or just generally making healthy lifestyle choices. I’ll share them with you and hopefully they work just as great for you! Fooducate
I loveeee this thing so much! I have to make sure my phone is charged before I go grocery shopping because this app has saved me from the those tempting boxes of highly processed foods that don’t look as deceiving as they really are. It’s very easy to use too. You open the app and either click Scan, Browse, or Track. Meaning, you can scan a barcode and based on user research and reviews, the item will get a grade A-F, along with an explanation for the grade. For example, Special K Cereal- Red Berries received a C+. The explanation for this is that it has 2.5 teaspoons of sugar per serving. You can browse and look at different categories like fruit and vegetables, dairy and eggs, meat and fish, etc., then see the products listed. The track option is a calorie counter but I use a different app for that which brings me to #2.
This one is a great if you have specific goals you want to reach. When you sign up, you enter your current measurements and your targets. You can choose how quickly or slowly you lose or gain weight. The options range for 1 to 2 lbs per week and you get to edit the settings if you wish to later. Once you pick your goal it gives you a set calorie intake for the day. After signing up, you’re expected to log in your meals, snacks, and exercise. I like that it reminds you throughout the day if you haven’t logged anything in. Personally, knowing I have to log in my food helps me make better choices because 1. I want to stay under my calorie goal for the day and 2. getting alerts like “you’ve reached your sugar intake” only after breakfast forces me to change bad habits. The next best thing about MyFitnessPal is the exercise log. Logging in cardio and strength training gets you in the habit of working out daily because you kind of feel like you’re on a streak and don’t want to stop. Plus, if you burn more calories you see that number go down and feel like you’re making progress!
You might need a slight interest in running to really enjoy this. Not saying you have to want to run a marathon but running is something you need the motivation to do. I don’t usually run more than three miles but it’s something I want to work on. If I don’t remember to wear my FitBit Charge during the day, I know I’ll have my phone to track the distance I run. You can make it fun by inviting friends and creating challenges. My brother is the only friend I have on there (LOL). But we challenge one another randomly so it’s fun and a reason to get up and workout.
I haven't logged into this in a while but maybe I’ll start today. This is a great app if you don’t want to spend a bunch of money on a gym membership or if you need some help coming up with workouts. Essentially, it’s a personal trainer in your pocket! You choose a goal: Get Lean, Get Toned, Get Strong, Get Focused then a level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, then you have a list of ~7 set workouts to choose from. Some workouts might require small equipment like a yoga mat or dumbbells but you can always improvise if you don’t have everything the workout suggests. Like Nike Running, you can connect with friends on here too.
I hope you give these a try if you haven’t already and let me know how they work for you! If there’s another app you use to stay in shape and make healthy choices, leave a comment below!