Holidays are always fun, but many people end up with bloated stomachs when they come back home after spending weeks abroad. It’s quite obvious why this happens. You go out and you let yourself loose, forgetting your healthy meals, your regular workouts and proper schedules. All this combined can have a very negative effect on your health.
However, there isn’t a need to worry just yet, as there are hundreds of apps out there that can help you stay healthy and at the top of your game during holidays. There are even apps, such as Honor, for elderly or less able individuals who seek assistance of professionals to do variety of day to day tasks, such as if you have an appointment with a doctor, they would come and drive you to the doctor and then take you back home.
Without much ado, let’s have a look at 5 ways you can use technology in your benefit:
1. Eat Only at Healthy Restaurants
Do not worry if you are not able to find a restaurant that offers delicious food that is also healthy. You can use mobile apps to do this for you. There are GPS-based apps that can find your location and then find you restaurants close to you that offer healthy food.
Have a look at Food Tripping, an app available on iOS and Android for free. It lets you choose from a variety of options to find restaurants that meets your needs the best. Mainly made for travelers, this is quite a good app if you are on the move. Another app you could try is Clean Plate, available for free exclusively on iOS. This app lets you search based on cuisines and prices so that there is less time wasted on going through the available options. Another good app would be Tasteful, available on iOS for free.
It has a huge variety of options and you can go through details including the spices used. The app takes it a step forward with the introduction of a bot that gives you healthy recommendations. And not just this, the app also has a number of restaurants that will deliver food at your doorsteps. Now no more excuses to eat unhealthy junk food!
2. Make Your Own Food
If you are staying at a place that gives you access to a kitchen then you can make your own food. There are tons of apps like BigOven to help you do that. You can find healthy recipes through available 350,000 recipes on the app, all coming up with detailed shopping lists, instructions and photos. The app also allows you to upload your own pictures and let others know of your experience. The app is available on iOS and Android for free.
3. Correct Your Schedules
You need to maintain a proper schedule if you wish to stay healthy. There are apps that can help you sleep and wake up on time. A very good option is Sleep Cycle, available on iOS and Android. The app notices your sleeping pattern and wakes you up at your lightest sleep phase.
The basic app is free and comes with some great in-app purchase options. This is considered a smart alarm that wakes you when it is best for you to wake up. You can set a 30-minute window and let the app do its job.
If you are not ready to try such a smart app, you should use an app like Go To Bed. It sends reminder for you to sleep so you never miss on your sleep. It’s a fun app that also lets you compete with your friends.
Also, you can use an app like Honor to help you keep track of your friends. The app will remind you when someone is expected so you can make your schedule accordingly without disrupting your routine, it is available on both Android and IOS.
4. Count Your Calories
Even if you are eating out or making your own meal, it is important to see how much calories you consume. Calorie Counter from MyFitnessPal for iOS and Android can help you do just that. It comes with a database of over 2 million foods to help you monitor your food intake. The app also has a barcode scanner which makes life easier. MyFitnessPal has several other apps as well for all platforms, so have a look.
5. Never Forget Your Workouts
You can use apps to remind you when it is time to workout. You can set reminders using the build-in app (alarm) to remind you when it is time to hit the gym. However, for some added motivation you may use an app like Fitocracy, available on iOS and Android. The app is free and lets you get in touch with personal trainers and other fitness freaks to stay motivated and get your fitness related queries answered. Other than this, you can go through a nice library of workouts to find the best workout for when you are holidaying.
Moreover, you can use iPhone’s built-in Health app as well. It tracks your movement giving you information on how much you have cycled, run etc. This helps plan goals and see how much distance you have covered.
Let technology benefit you. Get these apps today and see the difference.
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