Mobilize Your Lifestyle with These 7 Funtastic Apps
As a full-time hi-tech employee who is somewhat of a workaholic surrounded by other, even worse, workaholics, I think it’s fair to say that we don’t live the healthiest of lifestyles.
Sitting at the computer for long hours, drinking way too much coffee, feeling stressed, constantly using our mobile devices (even while driving), not getting enough sleep, and eating out almost every day, well, finally made me want to pick myself up and do the most cliché of acts – lead a healthier lifestyle.
Being the techie that I am, instead of reading about what I should do—or better yet, acting upon it—I first turned to my mobile phone to find all the apps that can help me succeed on my path.
Now that I have it all sorted out, why not share the wisdom with my fellow techies?
Here are my picks for the seven best apps to get you on the right track to a healthier lifestyle:
1. Eating healthier starts with choosing the best products. Fooducate helps you do just that! Created by a team of parents, dietitians, and techies, this mobile app lets you automatically scan a product barcode, view both the good and bad stuff in that product, compare it with other products, and select healthier alternatives.
2. Now that you’re eating better, there’s no excuse for not exercising. Endomondo makes exercising more exciting, whether you’re a runner, cyclist, roller skater, or whatever you do to get your move on. With this app, you can automatically track all your sports data and monitor your performance over time. You can also make your exercise experience more social by meeting like-minded friends, getting inspired and challenged, and following each other’s activities.
3. Now that the basics are covered, you should be ready for some more sophisticated stuff. Up by Jawbone is for the real techie in you. This awesome combination of a wristband and app does literally everything to help you become a healthier version of yourself by tracking your movement, your sleeping trends, and what you eat. It vibrates to remind you to get up out of your chair, it wakes you up at the ideal moment in your natural sleep cycle, and tracks what foods make you feel your best.
4. For the lady techies among us, have you ever wished you could track your menstrual cycle a little more easily? OvuView tracks and predicts your period, ovulation, and fertility using sophisticated sympto-thermal methods (STM). This app can be used both as an advanced birth control tool, or as a simple menstrual calendar, helping you maximize your chances of getting pregnant, avoid pregnancy using natural methods, or just plan your next weekend getaway!
5. Mobile phone radiation is something we are ambivalent to – on the one hand, we don’t know for sure that it is harmful; on the other, it probably is and what we don’t know now, we will probably pay for in a decade. Tawkon resolves this issue. The app, developed by Israeli scientists, lets Android users monitor their exposure to phone radiation by alerting them when they have reached a certain level of exposure during a conversation, and suggests some simple remedies.
6. Driving is another techie sin. Let’s face it, sometimes we just need to email and text while driving. DriveSafe.ly is the solution to texting while driving. This mobile application reads text (SMS) messages and emails aloud in real time and automatically responds without drivers having to touch their mobile phones. With this app, you’re on your way to driving safely.
7. #HashtagMom is not really an app, but we all know that a healthy relationship with your mother is the key to a healthy self. Using this plug-in to Foursquare can vastly improve your bond with Mom. If you get aggravated by your mom always demanding that you update her on your whereabouts – especially when you are on the road – go to http://hashtagmom.com/ and add ‘#mom’ to your Foursquare check in. She’ll get an automated call or text so you can enjoy a better relationship with her – and enjoy the rest of your night out!
I’d love to know what other apps you’ve discovered to make life a little bit better, safer, and more fun.