Best Health and Fitness Apps for Nurses
Posted: January 5, 2015 by Cathy Weselby in The Cutting Edge
It’s always the right time to improve your health. The best news is, you don’t have to do it alone. There are an abundance of apps out there that promise to help you reach your fitness goals. We’ve taken a closer look at these apps and have narrowed down the options to the top 10 apps to help you meet your fitness goals.
All of these apps have time-saving features to help you better meet your goals. Keep in mind that solely relying on apps for weight loss is not an effective strategy. However, when used in conjunction with other support systems, such as classes or peer support, apps have been found to be effective.
Want to learn more about the nutritional value of the foods you buy? Fooducate is a handy app that helps you determine what to buy at the grocery store. When you scan the bar code of a product, the app grades the nutritional value from A to D. Foods that are minimally processed and rich in nutrients score higher grades.
- Lose It!
Free/$39.99 per year for the Premium app
Lose It! can help you set weight loss goals and track calories. It has a bar code scanner that makes it easier to log your calories. The basic app also offers peer support in the form of connecting with friends online or participating in public challenges. The premium app provides more detailed information on your nutritional intake and provides the option to participate in private groups.
- Shop Well
Shop Well helps you make smart food decisions when you’re on the go. It scans food products to help you keep track and get nutritional information in a pinch. It documents your grocery list, and makes helpful suggestions for alternative items that are better for you.
- SparkPeople 30-day Diet Makeover
If you’re stuck for ideas on what to eat that’s nutritious and low in calories, consider downloading the SparkPeople 30-day Diet Makeover app. It provides a month’s worth of tips on how to succeed at weight loss, such as how to better organize your kitchen, how to snack smarter and ideas for healthy meal plans each week.
- Diet Point
Free/$9.99 for Premium
The basic app has 130 diet plans, including healthy options such as a Mediterranean or low-glycemic diet, celebrity diets and diets by blood type. Unfortunately, diet plans for people on the run (such as nurses) are available only in the premium app. The shopping list feature and meal reminders are also only included with the premium app.
- MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
This app effectively tracks your calories and the nutritional makeup of your diet. It includes a bar code scanner and has a database of over 3 million foods, including dishes from restaurant chains. You can save frequent meals and recipes so you can streamline logging in calories. You also have the option to connect your activity tracker to the app. MyFitnessPal works in conjunction with FitStar Personal Trainer.
- FitStar Personal Trainer
Free/$39.99 per year for Premium
The beauty of FitStar Personal Trainer is that it has short workouts, doesn’t require any equipment, and little space is needed to do the exercises. The app customizes your fitness program according to your goals and abilities. The app also gets “smarter” the more you use it. When you finish an exercise, the app asks you to rate that particular workout and it will alter the intensity of the exercise based on your response. One downside is the free app provides only two exercise sessions each week. The premium version offers access to all of the sessions and sends nutritional guidance emails.
- Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout
This app from Johnson & Johnson was designed with nurses in mind. After you set your fitness and motivation levels, it offers workouts in varying durations, from shorter 7-minute or 9-minute workouts to more intense 21-minute or 24-minute workouts. As you progress, the app will recommend a personalized workout, built on exercises you’ve liked from previous workouts.
Free/$29.99 for Premium
Who doesn’t need a little motivation now and then? In addition to offering workouts, PumpUp has a social aspect where you can share photos of your progress with the rest of the PumpUp community. After you enter your training goal, fitness level, workout length and which muscle groups you want to work on, the app will guide you through a warm-up followed by training and cardio exercises. PumpUp also gets more intelligent as you use it, to better customize your workouts.
- The Mindfulness App
If you’ve resolved to be more mindful in the New Year, give The Mindfulness App a try. The app has guided meditation sessions from three to 30 minutes long, and you can personalize your own meditation session, too. The app even reminds you when it’s time to meditate, so you can keep up a regular practice.
- "Health Apps: Do They Do More Harm Than Good?," Medical News Today
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