Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
The New Year is about a fresh start and making resolutions but while we have the best intentions for a strong start, sometimes it can be difficult to maintain goals related to a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating manageable changes are a great way to get started and apps can be helpful tools to keep the momentum going, provide accountability, and serve as inspiration for good health. For parents who are looking to get back into shape and eat more healthy as a family, here are apps that can help you maintain your 2013 resolutions.
If running a marathon is something you aspire to do but are overwhelmed at the thought of getting started, start small. A 5K is a perfectly respectable race distance for beginning runners and those looking to get back in shape. The Couch to 5K program allows non-runners to get ready for a 5K in 9 weeks and provides helpful tips through their website. The Couch to 5K app helps maintain motivation by allowing workouts to appear on your phone. It also provides bragging rights by connecting to your Facebook page where friends can help cheer on your progress.
For those seriously training for longer distance running events, Map My Run not only helps you connect to a community of runners in your area but provides new routes shared by users. The Map My Run app uses your smartphone’s internal GPS to track your route, measure distance, and record workout details like duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and your route through the interactive map. If you don’t want other users to see your route, you have the option to not share them to maintain privacy and safety.
For families with food allergies or sensitivities, it can be hard to go out to eat but the free EveryoneEat! app assists those with chronic conditions or dietary restrictions find restaurants serving meals appropriate for them. The EveryoneEat! app works to finds dishes that meet your dietary needs and displays them by cuisine type or restaurant name on your smartphone. It’s easy to use but does need to be set up by entering in your age, height, weight, gender and activity level first. The app is a partnership between nationally recognized health associations, clinical and registered dietitians, and thousands of favorite restaurants.
For food inspiration, the Whole Foods Market Recipes app is incredibly useful. The app allows you to search according to dietary preferences and ingredients and will find recipes, provide step-by-step instructions, nutritional information, and add needed ingredients to a shopping list. If you’re stuck with seemingly random items in your fridge and not sure what to do with them, the Whole Foods Market Recipes app can also help you figure out what to make by entering up to three items you have on hand.
If you’re looking to incorporate more local and in-season ingredients into your cooking, the Locavore app helps find nearby farmers’ markets with seasonal produce and provides ideas on how to cook with fresh ingredients. Locavore uses GPS technology to pull up produce items that are in season in the user’s area, shares how long the season will last for a particular item, find recipes featuring those ingredients, and also tell friends what items you enjoyed and where they were purchased though an integrated Facebook feature.
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