Added appeal to healthy lifestyles

By Maddie Smith

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in the deliciousness of irresistible homemade food while putting exercise on the back burner. If you’re worried about how the holidays will affect your overall health and fitness, get ahead of it by trying out these apps. They will help you stay on track with your goals and provide access to health-full tips, stress management, exercise routines, and more. The best part is that all of these apps are free, so it won’t hurt to try out multiple to see which one works best for you. Your health is a priority, so download them to help manage your way through the holidays and everyday life (but don’t feel guilty for eating that piece of pie)!

  1. MyFitnessPal
    I’m sure most of you have heard of this app before or know people who use it because it’s an all-around great fitness resource. Matthews and Bay from Men’s Health consider it “one of the best food tracking apps available” because of its foolproof database that provides nutritional information for millions of different foods, brands, and even restaurant meals. After logging what you ate for the day, it will offer details on what you consumed, including your total macronutrients. Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, or simply maintain your fitness, this is a great app to take advantage of.
  2. Runtastic
    If jogging or biking is your go-to workout, then this app is perfect for you. It keeps track of your mileage and utilizes a GPS to record your route in real-time. It also allows you to set personalized goals and helps you achieve them. Additionally, with your account, these successes can even be shared with your friends. To top it off, Runtastic syncs with Apple Music so you’ll have tons of high-tempo playlists to choose from.
  3. Asana Rebel: Yoga and Fitness
    If you prefer meditation and yoga over hitting it hard at the gym, this is a great app for you. Though some people may think this type of exercise is ineffectual, it’s actually a great way to lose weight and tone your muscles while also relieving stress. This app is appropriate for all levels as it offers exercise plans geared toward your individual experience, habits, and goals. Another great feature of this app is that you receive two new workouts each day so you’ll never become bored with the same routine!
  4. Couch to 5k Runner
    This app is specified for running beginners as it offers all the support and advice they’ll need to get started. Sometimes, the hardest part of exercising is the motivation to get started and this app helps you do exactly that. As it says in the title, this app will get you off the couch and ease you into the workouts so, as Grainger from The Sports Edit states, “you can realistically work your way from a 15-minutes route to a 5k run.” Plus, your workouts are guided by inspirational athletes and figures, including Olympian Michael Johnson and more.
  5. Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer
    As previously mentioned, a misconception of staying healthy is that you have to constantly go to the gym or run several miles; however, this app provides great workouts that can be done anywhere, including your own home, outside, hotel room, etc. This app provides effective workouts that target a specified goal or body part in just 5-30 minutes. The workouts are simple, and the app is easy to use. With Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer, you can fit in an efficient workout on your own terms.


Matthews, M., & Bay, S. (2019, October 31). 10 Apps That Make It Easier to Be a Healthy, Functioning Adult. Retrieved November 10, 2019, from Men’s Health website:

The 7 best free workout & fitness apps for tracking & planning. (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2019, from The Sports Edit website:

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