After you finish reading about today’s iOS applications, you’ll be just over halfway through the 5 days of health and wellness apps available to download on your iOS devices. If you just found this information, it’s imperative you go back and read the previous posts to get up to speed. You don’t want to miss out on all the good information iOS Etc has shared about improving your health and wellness one app at a time. Remember to check with your health professional before starting any new diet or exercise routine to ensure you don’t have any underlying health conditions. Today’s applications will have you raising money, adopting better habits, and tracking your food intake with the easiest calorie counter on the market–at least that’s what they claim.
Walking, running, and biking is a great way to get in shape. It’s also a great way to earn money for charity. Yes, you read that correctly; you can raise money for charity simply by walking, running, or biking. Download Charity Miles for free on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6 or later. Sign up with your Facebookprofile or email address, select your charity and begin your workout. The charity you pick doesn’t have to be the same every time so you can share the wealth, so to speak. At the beginning of each workout you select which charity you will be supporting and then you identify if the workout will be a walk, run, bike, indoor run, or indoor walk. The application uses the accelerometer to detect motion, so if you’re going to be on a treadmill for activity, your distance will be an approximation. It won’t be as exact as doing your physical activity outside, but its for a good cause and you’re getting in shape.
Charity Miles has one million dollars in corporate sponsorship to give away to the charities listed in the application. Hopefully an idea like this catches on and will gain more supporters willing to give more money to charity. Americans and iOS users get in shape while corporations support our favorite causes. For every mile you walk or run 25 cents is donated, whereas 10 cents is donated for every mile you bike. Some of the reviews I read in the iOS App Store said they were experiencing crashes, but I haven’t had any yet. Grab this application and get out there and raise some money while getting in shape.
Next up on our health and wellness application quest is <30 Days, a free download in the iOS App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 5 or later. This application was designed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada to help us adopt healthier lifestyles through evaluating our current health. It will take a few minutes to set up, but once you input everything it’s all ready to go. Each day you’ll be given a task to complete which ties into what you need to adopt for a healthier lifestyle. For example, I was given the task to iron tomorrow’s outfit to avoid rushing around in the morning to get everything done causing unnecessary stress. The physical changes we experience because of stress are temporary, but if we are constantly experiencing stress on a daily basis, your heart health may eventually be at risk. Sometimes we just need some simple reminders of how to take care of ourselves at the most basic levels to get back on track. <30 Days will help you adopt healthier habits in 30 days or less.
Looking for an application to track your food and claims to have the largest food database with over 3 million items? Then head to the iOS App Store and download MyFitnessPal for free. It’s compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 6 or later. Quickly set up an account using Facebook or an email address and everything is right at your fingertips. MyFitnessPal is pretty outspoken about their awesomeness. The description in the App Store states, “Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest-to-use calorie counter for iPhone.” If they’re not the best, I’m pretty sure they are tied. Their database is extremely large and if you have a barcode to scan, it allows you to enter food information quickly and accurately. Adding items in this application is a breeze and setting up your fitness goals is easy as well. Simply input your starting weight, goal weight, how much you want to lose a week, activity level, and how often you plan on exercising and MyFitnessPal tells you what your calorie intake should be. Staying active within the application and following the calorie intake guidelines to reach your goal is your responsibility, but if you do, you’ll be rewarded with results. I’ve personally used MyFitnessPal and Lose It and both are great. It all depends on which one you’re more comfortable interacting with. I foundMyFitnessPal easier to find food to input on my daily log, so I started using it more often when trying to lose weight.
With only five applications left to share with you regarding health and wellness, I’m sure you’re confused on which ones will be right for you. After all, you can’t use every one of them. Give them a test drive by simply downloading them, especially if they’re free, and interact with them. If you find them easy to navigate in, give them a try on your next walk, trip to the gym, grocery store trip, or when you sit down to eat. With so many applications out there, it confirms one application is not right for everyone. The important thing is to find those applications that motivate and inspire you, keep you tracking your meals and burning those calories. There’s only two days left, but I saved some good apps for the home stretch. Make sure to bookmark http://iOSetc.com, follow me on Twitter, and like iOS Etc on Facebook.