The smartphone has revolutionized the health industry. For decades, the health industry was relatively similar from year to year. You had gyms marketing locally, diet pills and supplements marketing in magazines and on TV and the occasional DVD training program. But then the smartphone came along – And the industry changed overnight.
The demand for personal trainers dropped as people turned to smartphone videos for their workout guidance instead. People turned away from Weight Watchers and instead focused on using calorie trackers on their phones. People started scanning barcodes to lookup nutritional value and started tracking their runs on their phones.
The smartphone has completely changed the health and fitness landscape. Along with this change have come a slew of innovative and useful apps. Here are five great health apps that you should check out.
App #1: Zombies, RUN!
Zombies, RUN! Is a running app with a unique twist. Instead of just tracking your run times, this app actually motivates you to run – With a zombie storyline.
You were a passenger on a helicopter that crash landed in a zombie infested zone. You’re in communication with people in a radio tower. They’re giving you directions on where to run. You have to outrun zombies, who’re chasing you. You can hear them breathing down your neck as you run.
This app adds a game-like atmosphere to your daily run. You collect items as you go along and pass missions. For people who have trouble staying motivated, this app can be a true gem.
App #2: Lose It!
Lose It! is the app store’s premier calorie tracking app. It allows you to track exactly what foods you’ve eaten along with their caloric and nutritional values. You can also use Lose It! to track what exercises you’ve done to see if you’re creating a caloric deficit on a daily basis. (In other words, are you burning more calories than you eat.)
Lose It! also allows you to determine how many calories recipes contain, to help you plan your meals better. It also has a social aspect to it, allowing you to share your results with your friends.
App #3: Fooducate
Ever wonder how healthy that cereal is? Or whether or not that bottle of water is really purified water? Or perhaps you’re wondering how lean is that Lean Cuisine dinner? Wonder no more – Fooducate can help.
Fooducate is a very easy to use app that contains all the nutritional information you could want about almost every food in the supermarket. It can tell you how many calories are in it, what kind of nutrients it contains and most importantly whether or not the food contains any “red flag” ingredients.
Fooducate sums everything up with a grade from A to F. If you’re trying to eat healthy, try to stick with foods that are B or higher.
Best of all, Fooducate allows you to search by scanning, so it’s very easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.
App #4: RunKeeper
RunKeeper is one of the most popular run tracking apps in the app store. The app will track how far you’ve run, how long you’ve run, how many calories you’ve burned and even your heart rate if you have a heart rate monitor.
It also has a social component, so you can share your running progress with your friends. If you’re a runner, definitely check out RunKeeper.
App #5: Gorilla Workout
Gorilla Workout is a workout app that gives you very specific workout routines that you can do at home. Unlike many other workout apps on the app store, you don’t need any external equipment to do the Gorilla Workouts. The paid version comes with over 40 exercise routines.
Each exercise routine is demonstrated on video so there’s no confusion about how to perform each exercise. It also comes with a text description. Workouts are broken into four levels from beginner to advanced, so anyone no matter what your level of fitness can participate.
If you’ve always wanted to work out but didn’t want a gym membership, this app is a great solution.
These five apps will help you eat better, shop, better, workout better, run better and have more fun while you’re getting more fit. Most of these apps cost less than $3. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more affordable personal trainer.