Looking for a Good Health App? Here's What Our Staff Uses
When it comes to tracking your fitness and diet, there are so many apps out there that it can be overwhelming when trying to decide which one to go with. From December of 2013 to June of 2014, the usages of health and fitness apps rose 62% compared to just 33% for apps overall, according to Business Insider.
There is some controversy around whether or not these apps are actually making us any healthier. Articles on TechCrunch and GeekWire say no, they’re making us less healthy. One article says that people just stop using them after a while, and the other says that the idea of focusing just on steps is just not enough. Tech.Mic says they do make us healthier citing a study by the Journal of Medical Internet Research. According to one of the authors of the study, apps focusing more on aerobics over weight training tend to be used for longer time periods.
Certainly information is power, especially for many of our employees here at 9Health fair. Here are the apps some of our employees are using right now and what it is about them that they like.
App: Instant Heart Rate
Employee: Jim Goddard, President & CEO
If you want to easily monitor your heart rate, this app is a good one. According to the app’s developer, Azumio, Inc., it uses your phone’s camera to track color changes on your fingertips that are directly linked to your pulse. It is important to note, it works best on phones with flash or good lighting.
App: My Fitness Pal
Employee: Brad Brunz, Director of Development
“I use it daily,” says Brad. This app logs your calorie intake by keeping track of what you eat each day. This does require a bit of an effort to input your snacks and meals, but keeping a food diary can double your weight loss!
App: Fit Bit
Employee: Kimberly Penny, RN Health & Wellness
Yes, this one costs, but for Kimberly, it is well worth the money. “It does everything I need it to do,” she says. “It has a heart rate monitor, exercise tracker, food tracker and sleep tracker, where I can input information plus it monitors me during my workouts. I can also challenge and encourage my Fit Bit friends.” Different models come with different functions, so if you’re interested in getting one, make sure to do your research on which one is best for your needs.
Employee: Melinda Taylor, Social Media
“It maps and keeps track and lets you join challenges. Best of all…it’s free,” says Melinda. The app will track your route when you go for runs and if you forget to take it with you can add your workout in manually. It’s also another great way to log your food intake and of course, use it to cheer on your friends or start up a friendly competition. Exercise is always more fun with friends!
Employee: Beth D. Brady, LPN, MSW
"I use Runkeeper for running, hiking, etc.," says Beth. "It logs your pace, elevation, and distance." It also compares your runs so you can track your progress and comes with a few bonuse features like custom playlists to keep you moving and personalized workouts.
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