You know me. I love me some apps.
And of course, staying healthy is always a priority for any of us. But let’s be honest…it’s not always at the top of the daily to-do list.
Life is busy, y’all. It’s hard to consistently make the right choices as we go about our day. Silly things interfere and before we know it we’re having coffee for breakfast, working instead of sleeping at night, and ignoring our body’s signals to SLOW DOWN.
My beloved apps to the rescue! Three of my fave apps that help put my health first:
Sleep Cycle. If you know me, you won’t be surprised to hear I sleep with my iPhone next to me in bed. While my baby (aka iPhone, heh) slumbers, it’s also working. Sleep Cycle ($.99) monitors analyzes my movements, which in turn determines my sleep phases. As the best time to wake is during a light phase of sleep, the app knows this and its alarm clock wakes me at just the right time. I wake up easier, less groggy, and ready to take on the day. Yay!
Fooducate. Yes, we know we’re supposed to shop the perimeter of grocery stores for the freshest foods, thus avoiding the packaged stuff in the middle aisles. We also know that items with less than five ingredients listed is optimal. We know those rules and more, and yet if you’re like me, once you’re in the grocery store it’s all about getting through your list and getting out the door. Again, that life being busy thing! That’s why I love Fooducate (free!). It scans barcodes, then highlights the product nutritional data, grades each product, and provides alternatives when applicable. Filling up a shopping cart with healthy food choices was never this easy.
Stress Check. Ever wonder if you’re perhaps a bit more stressed out than you realize? Stress Check ($1.99) checks your heart rate and other variables to determine if there is any physiological or psychological stress. It’s not only handy to check your cardiac conditioning, if you’re so inclined, but also for anyone wanting to check if they are having a physical response to stress in their environment.
I’m working on living better and being healthier, y’all. Sleeping better, eating well, reducing stress.
There’s an app for that.