Usually I just browse the web, mostly Pinterest, in hopes of finding healthy inspiration: recipes, exercises, tips, tricks, and of course, banana nice cream pics. Of course these things are all fun to look at, but do I actually try those exercises, or make those recipes? Not really, so I decided to try some apps. Here are Free Apps for a Healthier You!
I was immediately blown away by how much I enjoyed using each of these apps, and how they’ve helped me to achieve my health goals. They are all compatible with iOS and Android, easy to use, and of course free! I encourage you to try all of them.
1. Dirty Dozen by Environmental Working Group
This app is right up my alley, it’s free and it promotes wisely spending money. We all know how expensive organic produce can be, but if you can’t afford organic, when does it really count? With this app you’ll always have an up-to-date list of the dirty dozen, and the clean fifteen at your fingertips. I was astonished to see strawberries at the top of the dirty dozen list this year, but due to the high demand growers have increased the amount of pesticides used.
Apart from the lists, the app also features informative, easy-to-read articles about why certain produce is on the dirty dozen; a FAQ page, if you still aren’t sure about what’s really safe; and a link to a downloadable and printer-friendly version of both lists, great for family members who don’t use apps. The information is startling, but even after a quick glance through the app, I already feel more empowered to make better decisions about the produce I buy.
2. Runkeeper by Fitness Keeper Inc
Running is literally the best exercise for you. Running burns a high amount of calories in a short amount of time, probably why it’s my least and favorite form of exercise. This app may convince me to run more though, it’s so interactive! While on a run I received audio cues from the app, helping me to track my pace, distance, and time. This is great for someone like me, I tend to start off my run at a pace I can’t keep up with and end up exhausted at the end. The audio cues are a great, gentle reminder to help to keep me at a steady pace.
What I love most about this app though, is it’s integration with Spotify. This helps prolong my battery life by not having two different apps open at once. So now I get my run stats and my music in one place. If you’re not yet a runner, this app also works with walking.
3. MySpaWater Recipes– by PS & W Works LLC
This app may finally get me to drink more water, Strawberry Apple Rose and Rosemary water anyone? Free spa water recipes with mouth “watering” photos delivered in an easy to use format. This app doesn’t have a ton of recipes, but who needs 100 spa water recipes? I loved being able to quickly scroll through the recipes to find the one I’d like to make.
4. Fabulous: Motivate Me! by TheFabulous
If you’re someone who works best by setting and tracking goals, then this app is for you. This app allows you to form healthy habits one at a time; you have to accomplish each goal before moving onto the next. For example, I have to accomplish “Feel more energized” before I can unlock the “Lose weight” feature. Realistically, this is how we actually accomplish goals. We work towards them little by little until we’re ready for the next step.
While working to achieve your goal, each step is filled with self affirming language to help motivate you. Instead of “get down and give me 20”, you’ll see things like “You really seem like a person who can do this”. As fabricated as this may seem, it’s just nice to read thoughtful language when considering my health. This is a touchy subject for me, and I appreciate the sensitivity and positive approach.
What apps do you like? Let me know in the comments below.