BEST HEALTH APPS

BEST HEALTH APPS

The foundation to functional medicine is living a healthy lifestyle.  Starting and sticking to a new diet or exercise plan can be tough and motivation tends to fade after a few weeks.  Meal prepping and finding the time and energy to exercise aren’t easy; however, there are numerous apps out there than can help you stay on track.  Below are some of our favorites that we would recommend as part of a functional medicine approach to health and wellness.

MyFitnessPal

This app is one of our favorites.  It helps you easily keep track of your diet by counting calories.  For those that are super serious, you can also keep track of nutrients and macros.  Tons of foods are already accounted for in the app but if it’s not, you can enter it manually or scan in a barcode.  There is also a good selection of easy to make recipes, including low-calorie desserts.  You can track your progress by putting in your weight with corresponding pictures so you have a visual of how far you have come.  Overall, the app is very user-friendly and is a useful tool in helping you stay on track in adopting a healthy diet!

Nike Training Club

You don’t have to spend a fortune on personal training.  Instead, try this app that will change the way you train.  Our favorite thing about the app is that you can tailor your workout to meet your needs.  You pick your goal from a list of options (get lean, get toned, get strong, or get focused) and then choose from a long list of exercises based on that goal.  You can also specify which level of training you’re at (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) so that each workout is designed just for you!

C25K (Couch to 5K)

This app is designed to get non-runners/beginners from couch potatoes to 5K runners in only 9 weeks!  The app is very user-friendly and the exercise plan provides motivation with easily attainable goals.  The plan consists of increasing intervals of running interspersed with fast walking.  Before you know it, you will love to run for exercise!

Sleep Cycle

This free app tracks and analyzes sleeping patterns.  The phone’s microphone actually picks up your sleep movements using sound and vibration analysis and analyzes the data to determine which state of sleep you are in.  It will pinpoint the optimal time for you to wake up and it will gently stir you awake during your lightest phase of sleep to help you wake up rested and refreshed.  The app also keeps track of sleep quality, such as sleep and wake up times and can even track and measure snoring.

There are tons of apps out there to help you with every aspect of health and wellness and its worth taking a look around the App Store to see what you can find.  There are even apps specifically designed for those with specific dietary restrictions, such as those with celiac disease or GI issues like IBS.  Many of the apps are free and they are a great way to stay on track and take charge of your health.

Dr. Gruber at J. Gruber Health Solutions is a functional medicine practitioner in Denver, Colorado, though he treats patients throughout the United States.  As a functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Gruber focuses on helping patients achieve optimal physical well-being through the adoption of a holistic and healthy lifestyle.  He works to restore and balance bodily functions by creating an individualized health plan that may include lifestyle changes, supplements, and hormones.  Contact us today at 303-746-1964 for your consultation!

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