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The last batch of cookies has just been decorated and I’m vowing not to make another until next Christmas, because this family needs to eat better.
It’s one of our goals for the new year – eating for health, and moving more.
Today, our iPhones and iPads together with user-friendly apps make it easier than ever to stay on track, even when during busy months.
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.
Come January our family of four will become part of that 22 percent.
And one of the, 18 percent who look up calories in their food, and 6 percent monitor blood sugar or other health conditions.
Here are few apps to keep your health on track.
First prize winner in the U. S. Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge, Fooducate (Free for iOS, Android) goes beyond counting calories to help users lose weight and live a healthy life. Users can maintain a healthy diet by tracking the quality of calories, not just the quantity, by scanning over 250,000 barcodes to see a specific nutrition grade (A, B, C or D). Fooducate also integrates seamlessly with Apple’s Health app, allowing users to compare calorie consumption and burning.
Since the holidays are stressful, we may need help monitoring blood pressure and the iBP Blood Pressure ($0.99 for Android and iOS) is a great one to use. This blood pressure tracking app uses colors to indicate normal or high readings. It also analyzes data, to create graphs that illustrate trends over time. Those on the road during the holidays can sync data across all their mobile devices to stay on top of stats while traveling.
For Christmas I just received a VivoFit2 by Garmin, and I’m looking forward using Garmin Connect (Free for iOS, Android). A free app that collects personal health and activity data, and then uploads it to the mobile app via Bluetooth. Users will see what workouts or daily routine exercises are helping to reach their fitness goals. With access to health data and fitness stats, users will stay focused from Thanksgiving turkey to New Year’s champagne and beyond.
A fast, easy-to-use calorie counter and diet tracker that can help take those pounds off confidently even during the holidays is MyFitnessPal (Free for iOS, Android) With the largest food database and fitness data entry, users will know when their calorie output isn’t keeping up with their calorie input so they can make adjustments. The MyFitnessPal network also encourages users to connect with friends as they pursue their goals as well.
Another great app to help you track calories is Lose It! It tracks your caloric intake and monitors your diet, helping you manage your weekly calorie budget and ensure that you are consuming the proper foods. What I really like about this app is that it integrates with sites such as Facebook and Twitter so you can stay connected with friends and family across country to keep your health goals on track during the holiday season as well.
Whether you’re using the apps to track calories or monitor a health condition year round, U.S. Cellular has the network and the devices to make the experience seamless.
Here’s to healthy better moments.
Disclaimer: Through the rest of the year I’ll be sharing some more of My BETTER MOMENTS as a US Cellular Better Moments Blogger Brigade Ambassador. All opinions are my own and an honest view of my story as a US Cellular customer.