As a nation, we really need to step up on our focus on health. We lead the world in heart disease and are second only to the USA in diabetes. These aren’t things to be proud of. Nor are they things to ignore. And with health apps, fitness advice, calories trackers, water reminders and online pharmacies accessible to you at the tip of your fingers, we really have no excuses to stay unhealthy.
So, here’s a list of a few apps that we really urge you to download to live, feel, and look the way you deserve to – for an absolutely brilliant life. Imagine, if all of us just put in a bit of effort to get healthier – what a happy nation we can be.
This India-centric and India-made app is built on an expanding database of at least 20,000+ foods and 1,000+ physical activities. It helps track what you’re eating, how much you’re exercising, gives you access to personal trainers and personalized diet plans. What really makes this app effective is the fact that it can integrate with other trackers like Fitbit and Google Fit to give you a holistic picture of your health-related activities. The first step towards making changes to your lifestyle is realizing where you’re going wrong. If you’re well over your recommended intake of carbs, sugars or fats and well under your needed vitamins and minerals – well, with HealthifyMe, now you’ll know.
By the time we graduate from school is when we typically start becoming very unhealthy. One of the biggest problems is that we stop actively using our bodies – no more playing, running, sports, dancing – it all stops. Sedentary lifestyles are the second leading cause of obesity in India, second only to unhealthy eating habits. With millions of obese men and women, we’re consistently in the top 3 ranks for Most Obese Country. Apps like CouchTo5k can help tackle this problem.
As the name suggests, this app helps you gradually go from Couch Potato to 5K runner within 8 weeks. By taking only 30 minutes of your time, 3 days a week, you’ll soon be running a 5K with the stamina, speed, and fitness that you never knew you had!
Integrated with Facebook and Twitter, and connected to your favourite music, this app makes running more than just healthy – it makes it fun!
3. Daily Yoga
Yoga is all-round wellness art. From helping you relax and improve flexibility to boosting your core strength and burning calories – yoga is a sustainable way of getting healthy. Why sustainable? Well, you can do it at home – no matter what season. You don’t need equipment. And with hundreds of poses you can never get bored of the various routines! The Daily Yoga app offers over 500 of these poses, with detailed instructions and several HD videos for anyone from absolute beginners to a pro.
The app has various focuses: healthy weight loss, body toning, body strengthening, flexibility, mental and physical relaxation, balancing your menstrual cycle, detoxing the body and more. You pick and choose.
Living healthy, tracking your goals, and informing yourself has become so easy with the penetration of apps into the Indian market. If you recognize that you might not be living in the healthiest fashion – all you must do is decide to make a change. Perhaps start by deciding to download these apps, test them out for a few days, and see where that takes you?