Technology is a wonderful thing and now you can even use it to help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals. Here are three apps you might want to consider in 2016:
- IPIIT – The Food Ambassador – This app reads food labels so that you don’t have to. It helps you check products for food allergy triggers, specific ingredients and nutrition facts when grocery shopping. Select from a list of allergens, preservatives and additives, such as almonds, eggs, gluten, lactose and artificial sweeteners, and the app scans an item’s barcode and flashes a plus or minus sign to indicate whether the food meets your health standards. In January, users will also be able to scan products for sugar content. The app can even compare two products and pick the healthier option. Free for iOS and Android.
- Earthmiles – Earn Rewards for Fitness – Now it’s up to you to make every move count – literally. Coming to the US in mid-January, this app links with your favorite activity tracker (Garmin, FitBit, MapMyRun, etc.) to count your fitness toward earning “earthmiles.” These reward points can be redeemed for deals from wellness and sports brands like Reebok. It’s similar to frequent flier miles. Free for iOS and Android.
- Sworkit – a team of sports scientists recently analyzed 30 popular free fitness apps and found that Sworkit was the most closely aligned with the American College of Sports Medicine’s training guidelines, which say a workout should include aerobic, strength and resistance, and flexibility components. It should follow guidelines for frequency and intensity and include safety measures. With Sworkit, you can access a growing library of 170 different exercises ranging from 7-minute stretches to hour-long cardio sets. All the exercises are bodyweight-based, so you don’t need any additional equipment for any of the workouts. There’s even a kids version for fun workouts! Basic edition is free for iOS and android.