Today I’m sharing some of my favorite apps that I use to live a healthy lifestyle.
My Fitness Pal
Whether I’m tracking calories, macros, or trying to meet specific macronutrient goals, I’ve always been able to use My Fitness Pal. You can customize your own goals or you can follow the goals that My Fitness Pal provides you after you’ve asked some questions. To be honest though, talking to your doctor at a Registered Dietitian is your best bet to make sure your goals are personalized for you and your unique situation.
One thing that I really like about My Fitness Pal is that you can save recipes. For instance, I have a beef stroganoff recipe that I make regularly. I was able to upload the recipe just by copy and pasting the URL into my Fitness Pal. It asked me to confirm the quantity and ingredients that it found on the page, and I hit save. You can even customize the amount of servings that the recipe makes. Now I can just select the recipe and one servings worth of nutrition info is added to my meal. It really does make tracking recipes easy.
I use the free version, though you can upgrade to a paid version that doesn’t have ads and gives you more options for analyzing your food intake.
I’ve never been much of a woo woo person, but I absolutely love using this app to meditate. If you want more details about the app, check out this post.
My favorite thing about it is that it helps me to fall sleep at night because I usually do the meditations right before I turn off the light when I’m in bed. It helps me slow down at night and prepare for bed instead of thinking about all the things that I have to do the next day.
Headspace has all kinds of meditations, from anxiety to intuitive eating to anger. You can do a series of meditation about the above mentioned topics, or you can do one off meditations, so you can do what you’re interested in that day.
Headspace is subscription based, though there is a trial period where you can try it out to see if you like it before you pay. I was able to find a promo code online for 40% off when I signed up, so it’s worth spending a few minutes looking for promo codes on Google. I’ve found that it’s been well worth the money because I use it every day.
My Charge 2 tracks everything from from heart rate to sleep to workouts. I can even connect it to My Fitness Pal so that it imports my food intake. I love that feature.
The Fitbit app it keeps me accountable with so many different things. I have it set to vibrate and send a push notification to my phone when it’s time for me to start getting ready for bed. It will send info about how active I am to My Fitness Pal, which will then automatically add an appropriate amount of additional calories to my budget for the day.
I can set goals for how many workouts I get in every day. I can I can track how much water I drink daily. I can also pull in my weight from My Fitness Pal. I can even set goals for the number of hours that I get in at least 250 steps.
The newest feature that they’ve added is a female health tracker. I tracks periods and your predicted ovulation. You can track things such as flow intensity, cramps tender breasts, and acne.
You may not expect to see Pinterest on my list, but I have the app on my phone and use it to find everything from healthy recipes when I’m meal planning to workouts when I’m stuck for inspiration at the gym. I can search for the workout that I’m in the mood for (cardio or strength training). I find lots of healthy recipes on it as well so it’s invaluable when I’m stuck for meal ideas when I’m trying to come up with a week’s worth of ideas.
Now that you know my must have apps for healthy living, share one of yours in the comments below.