Now that you’re addicted, ahem, acclimated to your smartphone, you’ve undoubtedly started downloading a multitude of apps. Glorious, glorious apps! And studies have shown that keeping track of your food intake is one of the easiest ways to achieve your weight loss goals, and what’s easier than using a device you already keep on you 24/7? But, as you’ve undoubtedly also heard, it’s just an important to stay active. Staying healthy or losing weight is hard work, so here are five of the best apps for exercise, healthy eating and weight management.
1. Lose it!
By inputting both your current weight and goal weight, the app calculates an estimated number of calories to eat per day and helps you stay committed to small healthy habits that lead to big results. Finding and logging said foods is also as easy as scanning bar codes to pull nutritional information from a massive food database. This nifty feature helps you stay accurate when grabbing snacks on the go.
When possible, eat fresh, organic produce over processed, packaged goods. Locavore takes all the guessing out of discovering what’s in season in your region and the app even supplies recipes to cook these foods. The app syncs with your phone’s GPS capabilities to find the closest establishments to buy locally grown, in-season options. From there, you can share your findings with all your closest friends on Facebook.
3. Nike Training Club
The “Just Do it!” crew brings us this app that’s like a free personal trainer in your pocket. The app features a library of 30 to 45-minute workouts for cardio, toning and strength training complete with demonstration videos showing you how to complete each move properly and a voice over talking you through the appropriate steps. You can measure and track progress either by number of workouts, minutes of activity, average calories burned or NikeFuel. By activating the auto share feature, the app holds you accountable to all your Facebook pals. And if you weren’t already browsing the app store as you read this, you can unlock new workouts curated by celebrities, trainers and athletes as you complete tasks—what a sweet reward system! You can easily purchase a wireless speaker or arm band from accessory stores like T-Mobile for a hands-free workout.
4. My Fitness Pal
A handy, well-rounded app, My Fitness Pal counts calories for more than 3.5 millions foods and logs more than 300 exercises. It is also a goal tracker and a bar code scanner, and all of these features are free. Data backs up to the cloud, which makes it easy to also access and track progress on any device. With more than 300,000 user reviews, the high rating is very reassuring.
5. Zombies, Run! and Zombies, Run! 2
Ready to inject some fun into your fitness routine? This app mixes in games and stories as you run to complete missions such as gathering supplies, saving a fellow human or outrunning a heard of walkers. Additionally, you can create your own custom music playlist to keep you dancing through the zombie apocalypse.