Five cost-effective, fun, and practical health tools especially for the ladies
Summer is just around the corner and that means the pressure is on to be bikini ready! However, if your gams a little less taunt than you’d like, you’ve probably already begun your summer shape-up routine. And what better way to keep yourself on track than with the following five health and nutrition apps for iPhone or Android devices.
My top picks for health and nutrition apps for women make it cost-effective, easy, and fun to stay focused on your health goals all year long!
1. Look Better Naked ($1.99 for iPhone)
From the famous book by the same name, the Look Better Naked app provides users with a simple, fun six-week plan to achieving your best and healthiest self. Combining an easy-to-follow nutrition plan mixed with a strength-training program that’s designed especially for women (so it focuses those problematic areas like the legs, butt, and thighs), this app will help you achieve a lean, hot, healthy body that you will be proud of. Plus, you won’t lax on your workouts with the apps handy calendar that syncs easily with iCal (your iPhone’s calendar) to remind you of your workout goals.
2. Green Smoothies ($1.99 for Android)
I never thought I’d say this, but I love green smoothies. The Green Smoothie app was created by The Raw Family who wrote a book with the same name. The app, like the book, serves up delicious advice and smoothie recipes, plus nutrient information on each yummy concoction. The great thing about this app is that regardless of what fresh ingredients you have in your fridge there is a delectable smoothie that you can make.
3. Hot Body Yoga (Free for iPhone)
Tone your bod while you balance your mind on the yoga mat. The hot body yoga mat is so invigorating and blissful that you will hardly know you’re melting fat when you use it. This app is ideal for yoga veterans and newbies alike. Workouts are led by yoga experts who effortlessly guide you through each asana (or yoga sequence) using step-by-step audio instructions and explain the practical health benefits each move has on your body and mind. You can use this app to choose your workout by difficulty, time duration, or even goal, blast fat, beat stress or depression, increase energy or mental prowess, and achieve complete mind-body balance.
4. Women’s Health Workouts ($1.99 for Android)
From the popular magazine of the same name, the Women’s Health Workouts app comes jam-packed with all the tools and advice you’ll need to sculpt a sexy, toned physique just in time for summer. The great thing about this app is that all 16 pre-loaded workouts and 130 searchable workouts can be performed in the gym, at home, outside, or on the go so you’ll never have any excuses to skip a workout again. Search the exercise database by goal, for instance, burn fat, sculpt your curves, tone your butt and gams, or strengthen and lengthen your entire body.
5. Slim Down Shopping List (Free for iPhone)
The Slim Down Shopping List app makes food shopping a cinch by optimizing your shopping list and featuring food recommendations for the healthiest, yummiest, and most convenient pre-packaged food, meats, dairy, and produce purchases in the grocery aisles. For busy moms and women on the go, I particularly love that this app features almost 250 of the healthiest processed foods, as well as advice for what to eat if you are trying to lose weight, build muscle, prevent heart disease or women’s cancer, strengthen teeth and bones, and even get your healthy carbohydrate fix without consuming too many unhealthy starches.
Jane Johnson is a writer for Going Cellular, a popular site that provides cell phone related news and commentary. It also features reviews on providers, their phones and accessories like the exclusive T-Mobile d3o phone cases that offer superior shock protection.