Tech Tuesday: 5 Free Health and Fitness Apps to Help Reduce Stress

This post originally appeared on the SkillStorm blog: www.skillstorm.com/blog

Our stress levels may not be going down as much as our tolerance for stress seems to be increasing. Compounding our stress is the feeling of not having enough time, support or information to make a change in our lifestyle or situation. When things get to be too much our emotions can run high leaving us with little patience or tolerance for the unpredictable. The result is feelings of sadness or hopelessness that there is no relief in sight.

Even low levels of stress can have a negative effect on our health and wellbeing. In todays fast-paced, connect world it can be a challenge to get away to the yoga studio, attend a spin class or plan a healthy lunch. Help may just be in the palm of your hand in the form of health and fitness app. According to research2guidance, the mobile research specialist, smartphone applications for mobile healthcare is expected to reach $1.3 billion in 2012 and keep on growing.

There are many low cost and no cost health and fitness apps available, finding the right one for you can take some time. Below are 5 free apps and one exceptionally low cost app, all highly recommended for those on the go.

 

Nutrition

Lose It!

Cost: Free

This app lets you consolidate your workout and food journal into one seamless tracking system. Find and track your food in an extensive library of standard and brand-name foods the app will calculate the accurate calorie, carb, fiber, fat, sodium, and protein values. When you add your daily exercises (including intensity level and time spent) the app calculates the number of calories you ate, burned and how many you have remaining.

Fooducate

Cost: Free

Simply scan a product barcode and the app will provide you with a nutrition grade for the item, along with a brief explanation and a healthy alternative choice for your consideration. Improvements to the app have included an integrated shopping list and space allowing users to contribute feedback.

 

  

Exercise

Instant Heart Rate

The app measures the user’s heart rate (tracking exertion) using the smartphone camera and flash. Users place a finger over the camera lens; hold it for approximately 10 seconds and the app will display your current heart rate on the screen – no external attachments required.

 

   

MapMyRun

Using a built in GPS system the app makes it easy for runners or walkers to track their routes, distance, speed, time, and calories burned. Users can share their workout with others via Twitter and Facebook.

 

  

Fitness Builder

Cost: Free for first month

The app offers users a library of over 5,000 exercise images and videos.

 

  

Yoga

Office Yoga

Image courtesy of Office Yoga

Cost: $0.99

This is not a traditional app in the sense that it will provide you with the poses you’re used to seeing in a yoga studio. The beauty of this app is that it is designed to be used while at your desk. The useful guide is great whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, providing 75 stress-relieving stretches.

Have you used any of the app above? Share your experience or recommend an app.

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