by Sarah Woods
Need help balancing nutrition, exercise and lifestyle? There’s an app for that.
With so much nutrition, diet and exercise information available, sometimes it seems like a degree in dietary science would be necessary just to decide what to eat each day. Organizations like the American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control, MyPyramid and the U.S. Department of Agriculture all offer different recommendations for exercise and diet.
The smartphone revolution has also brought on a health-technology revolution that can make diet and fitness information easier to digest.
One of the most widely used fitness apps, available online and for both the Android and iPhone, is MyFitnessPal. MyFitnessPal has 315,499 likes on Facebook and has nutrition information available for over 1 million different foods.
Members of the site can interact with each other, post on forums and log food and exercise in their food diary. Instead of having to tally calories eaten and burned each day, members can scan the barcode on their food label to log information.
MyFitnessPal will tally all nutrition information and calculate how much of each nutrition category you need to eat based on weight, age, exercise and nutrition goals.
MapMyRun is a free app that can keep exercise interesting by recommending running routes that others have uploaded and rated. The app tracks miles, location, time and calories burned for each run. The company that makes MapMyRun also makes MapMyRide for cycling and MapMyFitness for any type of exercise.
The app stores for the iPhone and Android have entire sections for fitness apps that can track eating and exercise habits for any type of fitness goal.
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