Lets skip the basics of what nutrition is in health and physical activities and lets move on to the real stuff.
Why is it important to exercise and eat healthy?
Many studies show a healthy lifestyle links to living longer. As well as having a healthy heart, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and it can also reduce the risk of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease. You just have to regularly exercise and have a healthy diet.
There are many exercises which you can join together for a workout such as chicken jacks, tuck jumps, mountain climbers and low row. Although you could also opt for anything else which involves bodily movement.
Healthy eating is very important in leading a healthy lifestyle. When combined with regular exercise, you have the ability to reach and maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of you getting chronic diseases.
There are many organizations dedicated to getting people healthy and involved in physical activity, the most popular in the U.S. are:
The AAPAR – which provides continuing education, advocating for healthy-living legislation and offering get-fit tips to the public.
The NAHF – which supports fitness and health community coalitions. Promotes physical fitness and healthy lifestyles and is advocation environmental and policy support for active living.
One great of helping you stay in great health and fitness is using apps.
Apps allow you to manage and stay on top of your health, making it less stressful and easier to diet and exercise.
Here’s the top 7 best apps of 2016:
Nutrino takes into consideration how many calories you should be eating each day to reach your weight goal, it then creates a personalised menu for you. Your weight goal is determined after you enter your vital stats.
You then tell Nutrino what foods you like to eat in order to make the menu even more personalised as well as having a shopping list made for you. I found Nutrino to be a great help when improving my physical nutrition, I was able to become a healthier person while still enjoy foods I loved.
2. 5K runner: 0 to 5K run training
I used this app when first starting out, it is made with beginner runners in mind by using shaping, which allows you to start slow and gradually increase in difficulty. The app promotes you to do 30 minute workouts on 3 days a week, which allows you to improve on speed as well as fitness levels.
Exercising can be a hard task when you are overweight, this app makes it much easier as it doesn’t set a distance that you must run. Obesity can demotivate people from exercising although I found this app makes it easier to lose weight and is a great starting point.
This is one of my favourite nutrition apps as it allows the user to base their diet not only on losing weight but also on gaining muscle and for physical activity. I was able to personalise this app to allow me to eat the right food in order to do well in physical activity.
MyFitnessPal contains 6 million different foods, this means that it is easy for you to track what you are eating. This is why it is the most popular health and fitness app in the world, and a personal favourite.
This app has a range of physical activities for you to choose from such as, strength, cardio, yoga and stretching. You are also able to choose how much time you have in order to do your workout, which can range from 5 mins to an hour.
You can also opt for premium($4.99/month) which allows your experience to be even more personalised, by setting number of reps and what areas of the body you want to focus on.
Wellsquad allows for physical activity interventions by pairing you up with users whose fitness goals, favourite activities, motivation levels and locations are compatible with your own.
I found this app very useful, especially when starting out as I did not like going to the gym on my own, this allowed me to make a new friend and have someone who motivates me to go to the gym.
This app is for people who want to get a hold on their portion size, daily calorie goals and intake, and start keeping an eye on the foods they eat.
The iOS and Android apps contain a barcode scanner allowing you to scan quickly and add ingredients to the dishes you eat. You can also add custom recipes and personal foods, this means you don’t have to stick by their component ingredients.
I found this app useful and I highly recommend it to people who do physical activity as well as having a balanced diet. This is because LoseIt syncs with many activity trackers and smart scales, such as Nike Fuelband, Jawbone Up and many more.
This is one of my favourite apps. It removes the hassle of counting calories and all other details about foods and instead puts it in a simple system. Red, yellow and green, like traffic lights.
Red means that the food is bad for you and very unhealthy, so you should eat it. Yellow is food you can have sometimes as too much is unhealthy. Green is good healthy food you should always eat.
The app also shows you a pie chart showing your healthy to unhealthy ratio for the food choices you make and they show you the time of day you make the best nutrition choices.
These 7 apps are all free and available on iOS and Android, try them and see which one suits you the most. You can download more than one of these apps, maybe having one for diet and one for physical exercise but I suggesting testing them yourself and seeing which ones you enjoy.