The summer months are finally upon us! With all the activity this time of year brings, it can be hard to put your health first, but lucky for you, technology is here to help. Whether you are a total tech novice or a full-blown guru, downloading an app that can help keep your health on track this summer is just a few taps away.
With simplicity and ease-of-use in mind, here are my top three app recommendations for a happy, healthy summer.
We have all been there—a last minute work trip, a seven day vacation to the shore - and when we get there it can be hard to find quick and healthy food options. Well, in times like these, Food Tripping is just what you need. With this app users can track food options ranging from Farmer’s Markets to vegetarian/vegan restaurants and juice bars right in your area. Using GPS technology, Food Tripping offers on-the-go healthy food selections for wherever summer takes you!
I am well aware that the whole idea of meditation comes with heavy baggage for most people. The creators of Headspace get that, which is why they start users out with a simple, easy-to-follow 10-day introduction that lasts just 10 minutes a day. With a super helpful audio guide and animated videos, Headspace makes taking the next step toward optimal mental health that much closer of a reality. As the 2013 study from The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reported, there are numerous benefits to meditating, including alleviating anxiety and improving metabolism. If dipping a toe into mental health is what you are craving this summer, check out Headspace’s free 10-Day trial.
What I love about this app is that it is about so much more than getting a workout in, though it is still great for doing just that. Charity Miles is an all-around feel-good app that gives money directly to the charity of your choice. Simply pick from the list of offered charities, select your activity and start logging donations from Charity Miles sponsors to go directly toward the organization of your choice. If you find yourself lacking motivation to get active this summer, let Charity Miles provide you with the extra boost you need. Cardio for a good cause is something anyone can feel good about.
Funnel cake season does not have to mark the end of your nutritional, mental and physical health. Keeping things simple and enjoyable will encourage you to continuously adopt healthy behaviors. Pick an app that works for you, download it, and get excited about doing something for your health this summer!