General Health

5 Apps to a Healthier Life

For the Runner:
RunKeeper: GPS Track Running Walking CyclingFree


Whether you’re training for a 5K or taking a stroll through the park, RunKeeper tracks the distance and speed of your run, walk or bike ride. RunKeeper also keeps you motivated throughout your workout by sending audio cues, which help guide and keep you going. RunKeeper makes it easy to watch your improvement by providing your average pace, calories burned, and distance. Additionally, you can add indoor fitness so that all of your workout history is compiled in one easy place.

For the Dieter:
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPalFree


MyFitnessPal has made counting calories simple and helpful. This app provides you with a very thorough nutritional breakdown that makes it easy to understand the foods you consume beyond calorie count. The best part about this app is that it takes hardly any effort! To add packaged foods to your log, you just scan the bar code, indicate how much you ate, and MyFitnessPal takes care of the rest.

For the Fit:

Tabata Timer– Free


Maggie Thomson, Personal Health & Safety professor and Bodyworks instructor at Syracuse University, recommends the Tabata app. According to Thomson, Tabata is an exercise protocol that was developed by a Japanese Olympic speed skating coach in the 90’s. “Tabata helps you push yourself to improve your performance, burn fat, and get the most out of your work out,” says Thomson. The Tabata timer can be used for any exercise. Thomson recommends jumping jacks and push-ups – 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest, repeated eight times.

For the Germaphobe:
WebMD: Trusted Health and Wellness InformationFree


Find answers to all of your health questions with this organized and easy-to-use app. WebMD provides you with an extensive dictionary of medical terms, medicines, First Aid information, and local health listings. With its unique symptom checker function, all you have to do is click on the body part that is bothering you and a list of symptoms appears. By checking off your symptoms, the WebMD app compiles a list of possible illnesses – don’t let this app turn you into a hypochondriac!

For the Curious:
Nutrition Quiz: 600+ Facts, Myths & Diet Tips for Healthy LivingFree


Think you’re the connoisseur of health and nutrition? This app will definitely put you to the test.

By Arielle Franklin