There are a ton of fitness apps out there, but what about general health and nutrition? If you have trouble sleeping, managing stress or drinking enough water, there are ways to get your health on track on-the-go. Here are six great apps that can make living a healthy lifestyle painless:
If you have trouble sleeping at night, this app could be your saviour. It's a series of wind sounds recorded in stereoscopic 3D audio that are designed to soothe and relax your mind. The recordings are put together by Emmy award winning nature sound recordist Gordon Hempton who has done nature recordings for Microsoft, Discovery and NPR. If you suffer from a racing mind at midnight, this could be your first step to a stress-free sleep.
Stop, Breathe and Think
Ever thought about meditating? Many people swear by this method to reduce stress, increase concentration and relax tense muscles. If you're a beginner to meditation, this free app can be a great way to learn how to do it properly. It gages your daily physical and mental health along with your mood and generates a personalized meditation process that can help you in the moment.
If you have trouble drinking enough water, this is the app for you. It simply tracks your daily water intake and gives you a daily countdown. It's easy to use, and can help get you motivated to stay hydrated.
This app contains nutrition facts for tons of popular restaurant and fast food chains across the Americas. It not only contains information about calories and fats, but it also has information on allergens for specific food items, including gluten, egg, treenuts etc. If you have dietary restrictions related to allergies, this app can let you know what foods on the menu are dangerous so you don't have to rely solely on your busy waiter.
Map My Fitness
There are many apps out there that can track calories burned by running or walking throughout the day, but this one is different. Map My Fitness allows you to get more specific and therefore more accurate with your daily exercise. You can track anything from dogwalking to crossfit, including rollerskating, golf, horseback riding, downhill skiing etc. This app is ideal for people who prefer to exercise outside as opposed to in a gym.
Nutrition Count Down
There are plenty of options for those who have trouble staying under their daily calorie limit, but what about those of us who have problems eating enough? Not getting the right amount of calories and enough vitamins and minerals can leave you tired, irritable and emotionally drained. This app gives you an easy serving countdown based on the Canadian and American food guides, and adjusts your servings according to your gender, age, and food preference (i.e. regular, vegetarian or vegan). This app is great for people with veggie or vegan dietary restrictions to ensure that you get enough iron and other nutrients.