It’s hard to get back into the swing of things after the holidays — especially when it comes to dieting. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight or be healthier. However, personal trainers and gym memberships can be pricey.
Instead of blowing the bank to get in shape, consider downloading these five free apps that will help you reach your resolution by serving as not only your personal trainer, but also as your dietician.
First on the list is the Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker app by MyFitnessPal. This app has a database of more than three million foods, and a fast exercise and food entry. The information you enter syncs to the Web, making it easy to log from multiple devices. It even has a recipe calculator allowing you to enter your own recipes and calculate their nutritional contents. The app also has more than 350 exercises to choose from, and easily tracks your training. You set your own goals with the app and have the option to connect with friends to motivate each other.
If you have time to prepare meals, this app is great for browsing through more than 450,000 healthy recipes. The app contains a variety of recipes tailored to different dietary needs, including gluten free, low carb or vegetarian. The app also has video demos from professional chefs that you can follow along with at home.
Each recipe provides the calorie count, carbs, and ten other key nutrients, and the app makes it easy to store your favorite recipes and share them with friends.
The Lose It! app serves as a tool for reaching your weight-loss goals by tracking your meals, exercise and nutrition. It’s easy to document food with its built-in barcode scanner, searchable list of grocery items, and database of popular restaurants meals’ nutritional facts.
The app also features a customized weight loss plan that fits your life. All you need to do is track what you eat and do.
Getting rest is an integral part of staying healthy. With the Sleep Schedule app, it calculates what time you should go to sleep in order to wake up feeling rested and alert. The app works by analyzing how many 90 minute sleep cycles transpire during your sleep period, and helps you wake up in the lightest sleep stage. The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.
If you’re not using a treadmill, it can be difficult to keep up with how far you’ve run or walked. Pedometer HD Lite will not only track your distance, but it will even calculate how many steps you’ve taken and how many calories you’ve burned. According to the American Council on Exercise, it’s estimated that the average person can burn up to 3,500 calories per week by walking 10,000 steps every day. Get stepping!