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Try these health-related apps to keep you moving

Health-related apps

In today’s world, most of us are attached at the hip to our smart phones.  While this may not always be a good thing, there are plenty of ways to use these devices for a positive purpose.

A recent poll found 70 percent of Americans use smart phones.  Of that group, 52 percent use their smart phones to look up medical or health information, and 20 percent use a health-related mobile application.  These apps can help you track your exercise, your eating habits, assist with losing weight, and provide resources for making daily healthy choices.

Below are some of the free top rated apps that can be downloaded on an Apple or Droid device that can be used to stay on top of your health and achieve your personal goals

Android

•    Endomondo Sports tracker. Ideal for running, cycling, walking and offers motivation to keep you moving.
•    Lose it! Allows you to set a weight loss goal and timeline, and then calculates how many calories you should consume (your calorie budget) and how many you actually take in.
•    My Tracks. Records the user’s path, speed, distance, and elevation while he or she walks, runs, bikes. Users can view their data live, annotate their path, and hear periodic voice announcements of their progress.
•    RunKeeper. Users can track running, walking, cycling, hiking, biking using the GPS in an Android phone. The app will produce statistics around pace, distance, time, and calories burned.
•    Noom Weight Loss Coach. Offers free weight loss plans for users. The company reports users lose an average of 10 pounds in two months when they use the app because the app coaches instead of just tracking.

iPhone apps

•    Lose it! Allows you to set a weight loss goal and timeline, and then calculates how many calories you should consume (your calorie budget) and how many you actually actually take in.
•    Slim Down Shopping List. Search through over 250 of the healthiest items in a grocery store, including everything from cereal to snacks. Also provides nutrition info for each item
•    Calorie Tracker. Using a searchable database of more than 525,000 foods and restaurant menu items from LiveStrong.com, you can find basic nutritional info to help you make healthier choices. You can then track your meals and eating habits.
•    Mint Nutrition. Great for eating out or staying in, this app lets you search for foods at your favorite restaurants. You can also create “plates” of your favorite foods and a list of your go-to restaurants for easier, faster access to information.
•    Restaurant Nutrition. Ideal for people who frequent fast food joints, this app takes the guesswork out of choosing menu items with nutrition info on foods from more than 50 restaurants.

What health-related or fitness apps do you use?

About Matt Thibault

I am the wellness coordinator for Via Christi Health in Wichita, Kan.