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 Connect. It 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?