Surprise! The world didn’t end on December 21st, 2012 and we have somehow seen a whole year come and go yet again! If you’re like the majority of busy and broke college students out there, 2012 probably passed without much luck on our health and fitness New Year’s Resolutions from last year. Now that we’re in 2013, we should be using every resource available to us to ensure our health and happiness! While a smartphone device gives us access to hundreds of apps that are great tools to keep you entertained during large lecture, there are also hundreds of apps that have been designed to help anyone achieve their health goals no matter what they may be!
After researching a variety of fitness apps that offered anything from complete workouts to calorie and nutrition counters, I downloaded an app that is sponsored by the one and only Lance Armstrong. The My Plate Calorie Counter is available for only $2.99 on the iPhone App Store. This little app is a calorie counter that allows you to record your calories burned vs. calories consumed, while also tracking your water intake! You begin by setting up your user profile. This includes entering your height, weight, goal weight, activity level, etc. You then select what your goal is for each week, whether it be weight gain or loss. This information is used to create a caloric goal for you each day. You then continue on with your daily life, but this app will work wonders for those trying to eat healthier! You simply record your meals and drinks each day, and can search through their database of over 1.3 million foods with complete nutrition information. You also record each workout you complete on the app, so that at the end of the day you will have an accurate number of calories consumed after the app automatically updates to eliminate the calories you burned during your workout.
I’m not usually a calorie counter, but I found this app to be really interesting and enlightening by showing me all of the hidden calories and fat in my food! Livestrong’s food database has every meal you could imagine, from fast food restaurants to your traditional home-made PB&J. The app also allowed users to set a personal reminder to track your daily eats and workout at any time. I set mine to alert me in the evening if I had not yet tracked that day. This technique was useful because my phone would light up every evening just when I was starting to crave something sweet. All in all, I enjoyed using this app and was impressed with how much technology can motivate and help one reach their fitness goals! I would recommend this to anyone looking to making 2013 their year to get lean!
By: Kayla Heaviside