Friendly Finds For January

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In this first month of your healthiest year yet I’m setting you up with my favorite apps. These will offer the healthy lifestyle support in the specific areas of your journey to health and longevity. I use them almost everyday to stay on top of work, exercise, diet, and relaxation. Try some of these for yourself!

Eating

Lose It! – this is my favorite food and weight logging app. I’ve been using it for years. You can set your goals, track your food intake from a vast inventory or even use the scan code on a food package, track exercise, connect with other apps and devices, and join the Lose It community for group support. The basic app is free with an option to upgrade to premium for meal planning, additional goals, and insights at 39.99/ year (although they frequently offer a sale price).

Healthy Livingthis is the Environmental Working Group’s app. While you are shopping use it to look up or scan a food, cosmetic, sunscreen, etc to get the lowdown on it’s health rating and even find a better choice if the rating is too low. The app is free.

Seafood Watch – download this app to get the latest recommendations for seafood and sushi, learn more about the seafood you eat, and locate or share businesses that serve sustainable seafood. This app is free.

Simple Feast – I’m always looking for recipe inspo. Simply Feast features delicious recipes by exciting chefs. You can search for easy recipes, dishes that will help with weight control, or recipes that can be quickly prepared. It even provides videos of different cooking techniques. This app is free and has premium upgrades, $69.99/ year, for a nutrition coach, master classes, and additional recipes.

Fitbit – whether you own a fitbit device or not you can track exercise, diet, and goals on your phone. Having a Fitbit device may be more accurate for tracking sleep quality and exercise, but you can log food intake, measure hydration, and track weight. It will also provide motivational messages to keep you focused on goals. This app is free.

Workout

Seconds – this app is essential for my HIIT (high intensity interval training). I’ve used it on my own and when working out with my trainer. It comes with templates for common interval programming so you can build timers and loops to suit your individual workout. Seconds will speak your exercise, like sit-ups or jumping jacks, so you don’t have to be looking at your phone throughout the workout. The app is free with an option to upgrade to Pro for $4.99.

Daily Yoga – has more than 100 yoga, pilates, meditation, workout plans, plus coaches’ workshops classes at all levels. You can take it with you to use on any device. It tracks your progress so you can take a look back at what you’ve accomplished. You’ll stay on track with yoga every day, and also also enjoy health benefits for both your mind and body. This app is free but you can get new and unlimited classes by upgrading to Pro at $2.49/ month.

Map My Run – this one has been around awhile, but if you haven’t downloaded it yet it’s worth a try. It will track your exact route both on the app and on the map my run site. You’ll know your duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled on an interactive map which can all be saved. It integrates with devices like Apple Watch and gear like your shoes so you know when they’re worn out. The app is free with upgrades available.

Aaptiv – it’s like having your very own personal trainer for whatever activity you feel like doing! Music and a motivating coach push you through more than 2,500 workouts in a variety of categories including running, elliptical, race training, rowing, strength training, stretching, yoga and more. You select your fitness level which hopefully will increase as you use the app over time. The latest version allows you to give friends or family a guest pass to receive one month of unlimited access to Aaptiv for free. Download classes to listen offline. It integrates with Apple Watch. The app is free with the option to have access to unlimited classes for $9.99.

CycleCast – I found this app when I was looking for a way to elevate my cycle workouts at home. I didn’t want a training program for a triathlete just a spin class routine. That’s what CycleCast provides. These are audio-guided classes with music playlists which integrate with Apple Health and Google Fit to track fitness. Try it for 7 days free and then join for $9.99/ month.

De-Stress

Headspace – meditation is a method to relieve your stress. I wanted to learn more about meditating but wanted to explore it on my own first. This app helps you do that. There’s the free Basics Pack that helps you with the essentials of living a healthier, happier, more mindful life. You can upgrade for $12.99/ month to get access to meditations on everything from stress and anxiety to sleep and focus.Headspace will help you focus on building relationships, cooling off during high-stress episodes, or even focusing during your sport of choice.

Insight Timer – when you’re ready to be more independent with your meditation try out this app. It provides a timed session complete with bells, ambient sounds, and personalized presets for you morning and evening meditation practice. This app is free with an option to access off-line mode for $2.99/ month.

White Noise – Do you find it difficult to fall asleep when little creaks and barking dogs keep you up? Maybe you need some white noise to cover up those sounds and give you some relief. This app masks sounds, pacifies fussy babies, and helps you focus on tasks by playing a loop of soothing background sounds. This app is $.99 with the option to upgrade to customize for $.99.

Unplug Meditation – Unplug is a real brick and mortar studio and this app is their baby. It offers guided meditations by their world famous teachers to participate with online or download. You can choose from Introduction to Meditation, Morning Meditation, Evening/ Sleep, Guided Journeys, Kids’ Meditations, Finding Your Life’s Purpose, Soothe and Heal, and more. Try it for free for 7 days and subscribe for $12.99/ month after that.

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