FYI Friday – Favourite fitness & health apps

A long time ago my sister texted me suggesting I post on this topic and I completely forgot about it (sorry). But better late than never. Also, if you’re a blogger don’t forget to link-up below!

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Technology has completely changed our world of health. Anything you are wanting to do, track or record – there’s an app for that. To be honest, I’m not a huge user of apps on my phone. I spend enough time on my computer or looking at social media that I get a little tired and don’t want to be on my phone any longer. But there are a few key health apps that I use on a regular basis.

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1. My Fitness Pal

I don’t want to go into a discussion on calorie counting, I think there are pros and cons to it and you can check out Jen’s great post that mirrors a lot of my thoughts. I’ve been a fan of My Fitness Pal for a long time. I think it has the most comprehensive database of any other calorie trackers, it syncs with multiple other apps and its very user friendly.

My favourite feature is that you can chose which macro or micro nutrients you wish to track. So if you’re very concerned about your fibre intake, you can get a fairly good sense of the amount you are eating. I also like the graph breakdowns of your macronutrient intake. It’s very eye opening to see how much carbs/fat/protein you are eating daily.

2. Map My Run

This is a great app for runners. With the use of GPS on your phone, this app eliminates the need for a GPS watch. I like that you can set what prompts you want to hear and how often.

The app also syncs with My Fitness Pal and my Jawbone UP app which makes tracking my workouts very easy.

I love that it includes fitness challenges that can lead to prizes. It’s very motivating to have a goal and see where you rank compared to others working towards the challenge.

3. Nike Training Club

This is an amazing app! You can choose a workout based on your goals, current fitness level and time availability. There are workouts with equipment or no equipment. Personally I love these for when I am at home and want to do a quick workout but have no idea what to do. I find a 30 minute interval circuit and the app prompts me what to do.

I know the app has a lot of capabilities including personal programs but I haven’t played around with that aspect of it.

4. Running Log Free

I like to keep a record of my runs so that I can see my total monthly mileage. It’s also very rewarding to put your run into an app after you’ve competed it and see a visual of all the runs you have completed in a week. I wouldn’t say there is anything special about this particular app, its basically a calendar where you track your running. There might be other apps with greater capabilities but it does what I need it to do and it’s free.

5. Pinterest

I realize this one isn’t technically a fitness or health app but it’s my most used app for recipes. There are a lot of great recipe apps but I don’t find I use them all that often. Instead, I go to my Pinterest boards for inspiration at dinner time. I will often have my phone out looking at a new recipe for dinner time.

What are your favourite health/fitness apps? Have apps changed your lifestyle? 

 

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