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Healthy Living

This guide was developed to help people find resources about healthy living.

Fitness Tracker

  1. EndomondoGoogle PlayiTunesEndomondo tracks your runs, bike rides, and other outdoor activities with good accuracy and a simple interface. Its training plans and coaching features, which are limited to Premium subscribers, definitely improve the Endomondo experience., per PCMag. $ (lite) or $$$ (pro)
  2. FitBitGoogle PlayiTunes">Without a tracker, the Fitbit app can count your steps (provided your carry your phone all day long), help you track the calories you consume, log your weight, and record other health information, such as blood pressure and glucose levels. If you do own a Fitbit tracker, the app is even easier to use because it logs a good amount of information about your activity automatically., per PCMag. $(lite) or $$$ (pro)
  3. Strava, Google Play, iTunes: Runners and cyclists who thrive on competition love fitness app Strava, as it pits you against other users who've run and biked your routes. Users should carefully examine the app's privacy settings, however.
  4. RunkeeperGoogle PlayiTunes: This app is a part motivator, part tracker and (long-term) part health graph. The app allows you to track your walks, runs, exercise bike rides, hikes, etc. by using the GPS in your phone, keeping stats on each activity, comparing those stats, setting short-term and long-term goals, offers customizable training plans and voice TechCrunch. $ (lite) $$$ (pro)
  5. Runtastic, Google PlayiTunes: Measures all the necessary data to optimize your workout results - and compare yourself with past activities, your friends or the pros! Remember, you can only manage what you can measure. With Runtastic you can measure just about everything you need and more, per Runtastic. $ (lite) $$$ (pro)

Calorie Trackers

If exercising is the first step then tracking your calories is the second. Here are some apps to get you started:

  1.  Calorie CounterGoogle PlayiTunes:It makes looking up the foods incredibly simple due to the inclusion of real time search and a barcode scanner. The former will help you find foods faster, while the latter will allow you to see nutrition information before you even buy the product, per AppStorm. $ (lite) $$$ (pro)
  2.  SparkPeopleGoogle PlayiTunes: Thanks to over 2 million foods in its database, you will be able to document all of the food you eat along with all of the exercises you perform. You can also enter your weight and calorie intake so you can get detailed reports and see how both of the figures fluctuate,per AppStorm. $$$
  3.  Lose It!Googel PlayiTunes: The app will offer you calorie tracking in addition to peer-support so you don’t get distracted from your final goal. Being able to track your nutrients while simultaneously receiving encouragement from your contacts will provide an ideal environment for weight loss, per AppStorm. $
  4.  My Fitness Pal (Calorie Tracker), Google PlayiTunes: Offers aspiring weight-shedders a food diary, diet profile and huge database of food items to track calorie intake, along with discussion forums to ask questions of those who've already walked similar paths, per TechCrunch $
  5.  Fooducate, Google Play, iTunes:With Fooducate, the focus isn’t just on calorie quantity. It’s on food quality. That way, you can start eating for health. Personalize the app to your age, gender, height, weight, and activity level. Then input your target weight, dietary goals, and any health conditions. You can add food and recipes and scan more than 25,000 barcodes. Get suggestions for healthy alternatives to what you’re already eating, too. You can even track things like sleep, mood, and hunger levels. Healthline. $

Healthy Living

Here are some healthy apps to use that are not directly related to nutrition or exercise.

Fast Food NutritionGoogle PlayFast Food Nutrition is an easy to use tool to add and track all of your nutrition or diet information on 350 of your favorite restaurant chains, per Google Play. $$

Glucose BuddyGoogle PlayiTunesGlucose Buddy is a data storage utility for people with diabetes, per Google Play. 

Health TapGoogle PlayiTunes:HealthTap gives you answers and tips from 35,000 U.S. doctors. No waiting room, per Google Play. $ 

Instant Heart Rate, Google Play, iTunesInstant Heart Rate is the most accurate Heart Rate Monitor app for any smartphone and it does not need any external hardware, per Google Play. $$ 

QuitNow! (Smoking), Google Play, iTunes: The most complete tool you will find in the Market to quit smoking, per Google Play. $

Recipe Applications

Cooking healthy is easier than you may think. Here are some apps to get you started:

  1.  BigOvenGoogle PlayiTunes: Take 250,000+ recipes (including all your own and recipes from friends), your grocery list and menus anywhere on your phone or tablet, per Google Play. $
  2.  FooducateGoogle PlayiTunes: Designed to help you choose healthier food before you leave the super market. This is an interesting way to tackle healthy eating because the best way to eat well is to not buy unhealthy foods in the first place — obviously. Fooducate will help you choose healthy foods while you are in the store, so you don’t come home with anything undesirable, per AppStorm$ (lite) $$$ (pro)
  3.  Healthy Recipes - Spark RecipesGoogle PlayiTunes: Cooking at home is easy. Our Healthy Recipes application lets you browse and search thousands of recipes, plus save your favorites. We also provide calories, fat, and more for each recipe, per Google Play. $
  4.  Jamie's 20 Minute MealsGoogle PlayiTunes: This app is geared towards keeping a simple and well-rounded diet. As the title suggests, you will get access to promoted recipes by Jamie Oliver that you can make in 20 minutes or less, per AppStorm$$$