Ready to go out this summer and stay healthy? Smartphone hardware, software, and app stores are full of programs that can help you stay ahead. Here’s a guide on how to get the most out of your device.
This is your health
In 2014, Apple and Google both announced dashboard apps for personal health and wellness tracking, and the companies have been improving those apps ever since.
The Google Fit app works on Android and iOS operating systems. (It can also import health data from Wear OS, Apple Watches, and third-party apps.) In partnership with the American Heart Association, Google Fit helps users set activity goals to earn ” Heart Rate Score” for better heart health. This year, Google announced that the app can also use your phone’s camera to measure heart rate and respiratory rate for informational (but not medical) purposes; Google’s Pixel phones were the first phones with this function.
Both Apple Health and Google Fit include basic tools like a pedometer, which uses your phone’s motion sensors to track your steps, but fitness and food apps can provide more detailed information.
Get a New Procedure (Exercise)
If you’re looking for a workout app for an exercise plan that goes beyond step counting, you have plenty of options. Most of the popular programs are available for both Android and iOS. These include Jefit Workout Planner and Skimble’s Workout Trainer; both offer instruction on specific exercises and routines for a small subscription fee.
The Peloton app ($13 a month) offers video-driven workouts, and Google Fit has a curated list of free exercise videos on YouTube. For those planted in the Apple ecosystem, the Apple Fitness+ service is $10 a month and requires an Apple Watch along with your iPhone to track your vitals.
Runners and cyclists looking to measure their progress have many different apps to consider. For starters, the $3 Couch to 5K app offers a training plan for sedentary newcomers to get into a solid running routine. Runkeeper and MapMyRun use the phone’s location services to record and track routes; both are free with in-app purchases. Cyclemeter and Strava are also inexpensive apps that track running, cycling, and more.
Keep a Food Diary
If you want to focus on tweaking your diet – eat more protein, consume less sodium, lose a few pandemic pounds – and don’t want to manually label foods, consider an app. Specialized nutrition. Many of these are free to download but offer in-app subscriptions for personalized diet planning, community support, and other features.
Of the apps in this category, Lose It! focuses on calorie counting and weight loss, and can share its data with Apple Health, Google Fit, and other apps. Lose it! has a huge database of nutritional information for millions of items and can scan package labels to add new foods. MyFitnessPal is a similar program with a database of 11 million foods, a huge online community, and the ability to sync and share data with 50 other fitness apps and devices.
Map your way
The map app on your phone can generally help you get more active. For example, just type “gym near me” to see where you can work out, or “hiking” to find nearby trails.
Last year, both Apple Maps and Google Maps added new features for urban cyclists, including cycling routes in certain cities, the location of bike-share docks, and more. around town and altitude information. In Google Maps for Android and iOS, you can also tap the Layers button to see cycling and Terrain routes – so you can really prepare for any non-metaphorical climb in your journey. your program.