There are many different aspects to forging and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and sleep. While changing lifestyles and behaviors starts with a choice, the revitalization of daily life does not rest solely on your shoulders. Check out these fitness apps that will empower you to change your life and improve your health.

MyFitnessPal

This app was created with a single goal in mind: to take the guess-work out of an individual’s diet. Often, people go throughout their day without thinking about their food, how many calories may be in that item or the macronutrients that encapsulate that meal. What MyFitnessPal does beautifully is kept a tally of the calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat and other micronutrients that a person has consumed in their day. For readers that want to lose weight and count their calories without pulling out a mathematics textbook, this is a life-saving application. Located below is a list of features and functions that assist in users’ weight loss journeys:

  • Comprehensive calorie counter
  • Weight loss targets
  • A community of like-minded individuals
  • Extensive food database
  • Barcode scanner
  • Free and easy to use
  • Available for both iOS and Android devices

Sleep Cycle

A critical component for maintaining a healthy life that many seem to overlook is the importance of rest and recovery. Going throughout a day can take a physical toll on the body and break down connective tissue, muscle fibers and elevate cortisol levels within the system. Failure to recover with a restful nights’ sleep can lead to serious health issues such as depression, debilitating fatigue, mental fog and poor athletic performance.

The Sleep Cycle app was programmed to work with the user’s natural sleep patterns and maximize the amount of time they spend in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep during the night. For individuals that wake up feeling groggy, confused, lethargic and tired, this can be directly correlated to waking up during a REM cycle. Sleep Cycle allows users to wake up in a natural fashion after a REM cycle of 90-minutes has completed. Following this method, users can rise up feeling refreshed, energized and ready to attack their physical lifestyle demands! Every piece of data that presents itself during the user’s night of slumber can be tracked and utilized for recovery.

  • 90-minute sleep window functionality
  • Easy to use
  • Accelerometer to track movements and adjustments during sleep
  • Comprehensive snooze features
  • Intelligent design and intuitive breakdown of each night’s sleep