I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday and has fully recovered from the “turkey coma!” It is hard to believe we only have one day left in November! As the days get a bit colder and shorter, it can be hard to find motivation to stay active and healthy, especially during the holidays. Today’s blog focuses on creating incentives to stay active and eating healthy through the use of free mobile iOS and Android apps that tracks not only your progress, but creates a gratifying and innovative experience for you to remain fit.
First, Charity Miles is a great fitness app to inspire you to bike, walk or run some extra miles. With every mile you bike, walk, or run, you can earn money for a variety of charities! Charity Miles donates 10 cents for every mile biked, and 25 cents for every mile walked or run. Some charities include: Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior Project, RED, Autism Speaks, Feeding America, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and more. Available on iOS and Android.
No gym, no excuse! Sworkit is a fitness app that brings you through 5-60 plus minute strength, yoga, pilates and stretching workouts that require limited to no equipment. This workout app offers beginner, immediate and advanced workouts to match your workout style. Available on iOS and Android.
MyFitnessPal combines both healthy eating and physical activity, making sure you stay on top of your entire input and output of calories. During the day you are able to track calories in the food diary by simply adding your meals and the quantity. You can also track your fitness by logging the physical activities you do, including cardio, weight lifting or even daily routines such as gardening or physical labor. Available on iOS and Android.
Additionally, we know that holiday traveling is popular and you won’t always have the option to prepare your own healthy meals. HealthyOut finds healthy restaurant dishes across the country. This app can find restaurants in over 500 cities in the U.S! You can easily search by calories & points, nutrition tags like heart healthy and paleo, cuisines and much more. Available on iOS and Android.
Remember, part of living a healthy lifestyle involves exploring ways to be inspired and motivated! There are an endless amount of free options and opportunities to stay active and conscious of your decisions! NCRPA and I challenge you to find a way to incorporate these mobile apps among your department and community. Share healthy apps, success stories and ideas through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Most important, don’t think of staying healthy as a burden but an enjoyable learning experience that will improve the overall health of our communities and state.
If you have any programing ideas or ways to incorporate mobile device apps within your department and community please email us or submit them on the wellness site here (firstname.lastname@example.org,http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)