Wellness. There’s an App For That.

We all know that the best of smart phone apps can make our lives a little easier, but how do you weed through all the useless ones?  Well, here’s a list of some of the best apps related to exercise and wellness.

My Fitness Pal (FREE)

This app is a way to keep track of your calorie intake in addition to other nutritional facts.  After you set a calorie goal for each day, add in each of your meals – saving recipes as you go along to save you time later.  Then, input your exercise from a long list of activities and intensities.  At the end of each day, you can see a comprehensive breakdown of the nutrients you got and the calories you burned!  Available for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

ICE Standard (FREE)

Did you know that ambulances take patients to the ER over 16 million times each year?  This app could save your life in a dangerous situation.  It stores important information such as your name, photo, address, medical contacts, insurance and blood type.  It can even let EMT’s know of any medications you are taking or any allergies you have.  This specific app is only available on the iPhone, but there are plenty of similar apps made for Android and Blackberry.

Pocket Yoga ($2.99)

Don’t worry if you can’t make the yoga class at the RAC this week.  With this app, you can practice your yoga poses wherever you go!  Pocket Yoga includes a total of 27 different sessions varying in practices, difficulty levels and durations.  The illustrations on the screen show you how each pose should look in addition to voice instruction.  This app keeps a log of each session to help you stay consistent.  You can even play music from your library while the app is up and running.  Available for Android.

Cardio Trainer ($2.99)

With a built-in GPS and pedometer, Cardio Trainer can easily track indoor and outdoor exercise activities.  The app’s ability to connect with your Google account makes it the first mobile Google Health partner.  Get the best cardio exercise possible with preset interval workouts while still listening to the music on your device.  Never miss a workout when you set your schedule and reminders.  Available for Android.

Endomondo Sports Tracker (FREE)

This app is great for those who love to exercise outside, but have trouble tracking their speed, distance, calories and heart rate.  Endomondo covers that and much more.  The audio feature can give you feedback after each mile, give encouraging words or read encouraging messages sent by your friends and family on the Endomondo website!  All of your data is automatically sent to your profile on the website where you can analyze your progress or compete with friends.  Available for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

Still planning on getting your workout in at the RAC?  (And I hope you are.)  There’s a mobile site for that!  Just go to http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/cri on your mobile device to look up things like group fitness class schedules or intramural scores.  You can also see our hours and upcoming events.

Hope to see you soon!

Caroline

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