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Free Apps for Better Health

By Debra Rodzinak

If you have made any resolutions regarding food or fitness, you may want to use an app to help you track your progress.  Free apps are always a plus and I have found a few that I am going to try this year.

Fitness Apps

Charity Miles is an app that provides workout inspiration in the form of racking up money for a charity.  The more you participate, the more money is donated.  You get to choose the charity, get to donate through your workout, and feel good in the process. See it at charitymiles.org

7-Minute Workout is an effective workout app that takes 7 minutes to complete.  No need to buy any workout equipment.  All you need is a chair, a wall, and your body weight.  Johnson & Johnson has created this app to allow users to get their blood pumping without spending hours at the gym. See it at 7minuteworkout.jnj.com

Couch to 5K is the app I used when I started running several years ago, so I can attest that it really works.  Even if you have never run before, this app allows you to become a beginning runner in nine short weeks.  Building up endurance gradually is the key to running and this app is a wonderful tool. See it at c25k.com

With the popularity of the many zombie shows and movies that have been produced, Zombies, Run! combines a video game with an app in an interactive platform.  With sound effects and a narrated audio mission, your mission is to collect supplies and outrun zombies.  What a fun way to get exercise, unless you get caught. See it at zombiesrungame.com

Food Apps

Don’t go to the grocery store again before you download Fooducate.  With all of the marketing gimmicks intended to overload the average shopper with nutritional information, buying the most nutritious foods often becomes a challenge.  Reading labels, comparing foods, and knowing what is healthy can end up taking hours.  The good news is that this app allows you to scan the barcode on the package to receive a full report of the item's rank on the healthy scale.  The ability to track meals and activity make this app a one-stop shop for those resolving to get healthy and fit this year. See it at fooducate.com

Eat This, Not That! is a fun app that uses a game format to test your food nutrition knowledge.  Two photos of meals are placed side-by-side with the player choosing the healthier option.  Using this fun app leads to better knowledge of food nutrition and when to swap foods for healthier options. See it at eatthis.com

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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