Get smart about your health

Posted on 4 July 2017

Whatever your health or fitness goal, keeping track of your progress can be as easy as a few taps on your smartphone.

Are you keen to attempt your first 5-K, 10-K or half-marathon? Or keep track of your daily kilojoule intake? No matter how big or small your goal is, or whether you just want to keep tabs on your health, there’s an app for that. We take a look at the most popular, easy-to-use (and free) apps that can help you on your way.

  1. MyFitnessPal

One of the most widely-used fitness apps in the world, MyFitnessPal is an easy way to keep a detailed ‘food diary’. The app comes with a vast database of foods that can be entered manually or by scanning in the barcode of a product. Many popular South African products are also included in the database. The app then provides the nutritional information for the food item entered and calculates the kilojoules, based on the serving size.

  1. Couch to 5K

If you’re used to a sedentary lifestyle and intimidated by the thought of tackling your first 5-K run/walk, the easy and interactive Couch to 5K app will help take the guesswork out of the equation. You can also connect the app to your social media accounts and share your progress with family and friends.

  1. Runkeeper

This app uses your phone’s GPS to track your pace, distance, steps taken and energy used while on a run. The app comes with a goal-setting function that provides a training programme from 5-Ks to full marathons. It’s a great option if you’re travelling and need to log workouts automatically. Runkeeper can also be synced to most smartwatches, if you prefer to run without the hassle of carrying your phone with you.

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  1. Calm

Good health is not only about eating well and exercising – taking steps to reduce stress is important too. If you have difficulty finding a moment’s peace and quiet after a busy day, Calm can help with its easy breathing exercises and beginners’ meditation sessions – even if you have only five minutes to spare.


Published in Exercise

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