You use apps for everything these days– to wake up, check email, share photos, find directions, and on and on. It’s only natural to use apps to help you stay healthy, too. Luckily, there are literally thousands of apps dedicated to doing just that. Here are five of our favorites, designed to help you move more and stay healthy.
If you get overwhelmed at the sight of dumbbells and weight machines, then this is the app for you. Sworkit generates a circuit training workout so you can avoid those complicated machines while still getting a great workout. Choose an area of the body (full body, upper body, core, etc.), how long you want to work (5 to 60 minutes) and Sworkit generates a circuit of exercises broken up into 30-second intervals.
This simple app provides stats on how much you move during the day. Using sensors and location information, Moves actually tracks your every move, whether that’s walking, cycling or running. It works in your pocket, purse or hand, and it keeps track of lots of data– steps, miles, minutes and calories. This app will help you get a better idea of how much… or how little…. you’re moving throughout the day.
We tried a few different apps based on The Scientific 7-Minute Workout
(which first appeared in the New York Times
) and Seven was the best of the bunch. It guides you through the 7-Minute Workout, which is comprised of twelve 30-second exercises each with a 10-second rest in between. Because you only need a chair, a wall, your body weight and seven minutes to complete the workout, it’s a great way to exercise during a break at work.
The first obstacle to moving more at work is actually remembering to do it, which is where Alarmed, a simple reminder/timer app, comes in handy. Remind yourself to get up, stretch and walk around every hour, or if you have a standing desk
, set a reminder to stand during the day. Alarmed’s ‘Nag-Me’ feature allows you to auto-repeat reminders, and it will continue to nag you until the reminder is acknowledged, so no more excuses!
An exercise regime is half the battle when it comes to seeing results from moving more during the day. What you eat during the day is the other half of the battle. With a database of 2 million food items, the app MyFitnessPal is an easy way to record and keep track of calories and nutritional information. It gives you a greater awareness of what you’re putting into your body, and perhaps what you should work on keeping out.
Take a look at Secret Ways to MoveMore during Meetings and True Life: 8 Hours on an Elliptical Trainer for more tips & tricks on how to stay active at work.
Which health and fitness apps couldn’t you live without? What works for you?