When we’re constantly trying to juggle our hectic daily lives, we have to do anything we can to make staying healthy a little bit easier. If you have an Android phone, there are approximately eleventy billion apps that can offer a helping hand (and I’m sure that there’s about the same number for iPhones, though I can’t speak from experience).
Here are five that I found especially useful:
Drinking Water: It’s about as straightforward as it sounds. That said, it’s easy to forget to meet your daily water needs, especially if you’re also drinking coffee, tea, soda, or any other non-water beverage. The Drinking Water app allows you to set the number of glasses you aim to drink daily (hint: aim for about half of your body weight in ounces) and reminds you hourly to get another glass. Also, the default “pouring water” alert sounds a little like someone peeing. So…there’s that.
WomanLog Calendar: There are tons of similar apps available in the Android Marketplace, but this is the one I’ve been using and I’m partial to it. It tracks your period and expected ovulation days (allowing you to better predict when those will occur in the following months), as well as allows you to record which days you took your birth control pill, which days you had sex, and what your Basal Metabolic Temperature (or Basal Body Temperature) was…All helpful tools for effective pregnancy planning and prevention (particularly if you’re taking a natural approach). There’s also a paid version of this app that has additional bells and whistles.
Fooducate: There’s a lot of junk in food, but there’s also a lot of junk on food labels. The Fooducate app can help clear up confusion about the products you’re eating. Simply scan the barcode on a package and the product will receive a score to indicate its healthfulness. The app also makes recommendations (for example, after scanning a package of nuts it suggested that I select nuts that didn’t have added oils) and offers interesting nutrition facts (in this case, the fact that almonds are a good source of magnesium and protein). For some products, it indicates if there’s something to be concerned about (like high sugar content) or offers more information on something questionable (like the mysterious “natural flavors” that some foods contain), and suggests alternative products you could select instead.
Mindfulness Bell: A regular mindfulness practice is something that I often suggest to my coaching clients. It doesn’t have to be anything especially involved—even taking a minute away from the computer to breathe deeply can offer great benefits, like stress relief and mental clarity. But while it sounds like an easy practice to implement, it’s surprisingly difficult to make it a routine. The Mindfulness Bell app rings periodically throughout the day (set at increments of 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or one hour—your choice), reminding you that it’s time for that break. But be sure to actually take that time when the the bell rings—otherwise it’ll just seem like another annoying phone notification.
My Headache Log: If you suffer from regular headaches or migraines, this app could be a huge help for figuring out a pattern. As someone who has been dealing with migraines for ages, I know what a pain it can be to keep track of headaches regularly enough to actually benefit from the information (I’m pretty sure that I carried around my “migraine notebook” for about two days before letting the practice fall to the wayside). This app allows you to track a number of factors, including symptoms (aura, congestion, pain in left temple, etc.), any medications used, the type of headache (migraine, hormonal, tension, etc.), where you were when the headache began, and more. It also offers charts so you can start looking for headache patterns.
What do you do to making healthy living a little bit simpler?
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