Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Top 5 Apps to Keep Your Health on Track in the New Year!

I am a member of the #BetterMoments Blogger Brigade and this post is sponsored by U.S. Cellular, as always the opinions are my own.  

If you are giving a mobile device to your child this holiday season, don’t forget to download the Parent-Child Agreement and have a discussion about appropriate usage of that device!

It is Christmas Eve Eve – yes, I am that person who has a crazy countdown to Christmas every year.  My kids have been bouncing off the walls with all the excitement that is going on – and the sweets…there are so many sweets!

Actually, I have been a lot better about staying away from the sweets this year.  I finally figured out that all the sugar I eat around the holidays contributes to me getting sick (that and stress – yuck!).  With all the different activities and running around, I have been trying to keep our health on track.


Even though we aren’t quite at Christmas yet, I am still thinking about my health goals for next year.  There are some amazing apps for my iPhone, and pairing it with the amazing coverage that U.S. Cellular provides can help keep me on track throughout the busy holiday season and beyond

A recent U.S. Cellular Better Moments survey shows a growing assistance on smartphones for fitness and health. The survey reveals 22 percent of smartphone users keep track of exercise with an app.
Top 5 Apps to Help with Your Health Goals:


Fooducate – free for iOS and Android.  This app was the first winner in U.S. Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge.  Fooducate goes beyond counting calories, instead helping users to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle.  Users are able to track the quality of the calories, not just the quantity by scanning over 250,000 bar codes that then give a grade (A, B, C, or D).  It also integrates seamlessly with Apple’s Health app. 


With the stressful holiday season, those who need to monitor their blood pressure can use iBP Blood Pressure.  It uses colors to indicate normal or high readings, and over time can analyze the data to create graphs and illustrate trends.  It can also be synced across all your wireless devices.


The wearables fitness world seems to be gaining popularity.  If you are thinking about trying one out, you can look into Garmin ConnectIt has a free app that collects personal health and activity data and then uploads it via Bluetooth.  Users can then see which workouts and routines are helping them with their fitness goals. 


If you are looking for a fast and easy calorie counter, MyFitnessPal is a great choice.  It has the largest food database and fitness data entry.  Users can easily see when their calorie output isn’t matching up to their calorie input!  The MyFitnessPal Network also encourages users to connect with friends as they pursue their fitness goals as well.


Another great app to track calories is Lose it!  It tracks your caloric intake and monitors your diet, letting you manage a weekly calorie budget.  This app also lets you connect through Facebook and Twitter so you can stay connected to friends and family across the country, to encourage you to stay on track.

These are all great tools to bring us into the New Year looking to stay healthy, and live a healthy lifestyle.  While I have been really good over the past several weeks, I am definitely giving myself a pass over the next few days!


Are you thinking about New Year’s goals and resolutions yet?  Are you trying to stay on track throughout the holiday season with your health?

21 comments:

  1. I need to download all of these. Fooducate sounds awesome actually. I need to get back on track next year.

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  2. Lose It! is a great app. I've used it before and really liked it. I don't make New Year's resolutions, but staying on top of my health is always a priority all year long.

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  3. I think I will be downloading these in the new year, I've eaten too much already and we still have Christmas day to get through!

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  4. I am getting my first smart phone for Christmas. Thanks for the great apps for me to check out.

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  5. I need to get a new fit bit for the new year. Mine crapped out and even though tracking was a pain in the butt I find I don't get nearly enough done thought out the day without one. I have my fitness pal downloaded just waiting!

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  6. I am already thinking about my New Years goals as well! I'll have to check out fooducate, I had never heard of it before!

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  7. I think it is important more than ever to keep on top of your health and doing exercise definitely helps. During the Christmas season we tend to let things slide and it can be harder to adjust to your routine.

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  8. Remember too that iPhone users get built in health app to track data. One of my fav fitness apps is fitocracy.

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  9. There are so many different ways to track this kind of stuff. I've tried before, and then quickly fell off the bandwagon...because, you know, trying to get everything written down throughout the day, and oh, man, I just can't keep up with that, ha! Then again, I never really had a concrete goal to work with, so there wasn't that firm motivation to be doing it. And while I would love to be the kind of person to say "I'm going to lose x-amount of pounds," I'm just not. I just want my pain to stop, and so just saying "move more" isn't really all that motivating, ha (also, especially when, you know, you are moving more, and then tweak your bad knee xD ).

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  10. I use an app to track the amount of steps I take a day and just love it! It sort of becomes addicting but is totally rewarding when you complete the task or do more than needed. These apps are so great to improve health!

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  11. Definitely need these! After all this parties...I need to get back on track ASAP.

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  12. I need to download a couple of these. I need to lose a little weight!

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  13. I love MyFitnessPal! I used to use it all the time, I love that it encourages me to be healthy overall and not just lose weight!

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  14. I use myfitnesspal all the time. its so awesome!

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  15. Wow, these all look like great options. I've heard of myfitnesspal and it looks like a lot of people are fans. I'm going to have to check into that!

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  16. I'll certainly will download these apps, esepcially the one to monitor blood pressure.

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  17. I use My Fitness pal and absolutely love it! I have high blood pressure and need to download that app. These are all really helpful. I never heard of fooducate and want to get that one

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  18. These are some great apps! Just like every other person on this planet, health is on my 2016 list!

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  19. Thanks for sharing these! I'm going to look into them while I'm working on getting rid of my baby weight!!!

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  20. Nice selection of apps! I'm always looking for health apps. I love myfitnesspal.

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  21. I love Myfitness pal. I love that I can create my own little community by inviting frieds.

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