The internet, smartphones, and the other technological wonders of our time have changed the way we live. These days, we use apps and websites for even the simplest and most personal of tasks, from cashing a check to making a date for this Friday night.
Our reliance on techy solutions isn’t always healthy; experts say that many of us spend so much time on our phones that we might be fairly called addicts, and some worry that tech is keeping us from being as active as we might otherwise be. Food delivery apps such as Grubhub and Seamless make it all too easy to order unhealthy food whenever we want it, and online games distract us from more important endeavors. But here’s the good news: We can also use technology to make us healthier. With that in mind, here are four great apps and websites that will make the internet your ally in your quest to get healthier.
Eating right is essential to a healthy life. But what does “right” mean? We all know a bit about how to eat better, but there are a lot of confusing variables, and some of what we believe may be wrong. That’s OK, because we’re not nutritionists — but it also means that we had better get in touch with nutritionists if we want to eat right.
That’s why Health Soup exists. It’s a service that connects nutritionists and clients. With a nutritionist helping you out, eating in a healthy and sustainable way will be a whole lot easier — which, in turn, will make it a lot easier to keep your weight down and your body healthy.
Have you heard of “self-care?” Self-care is a popular term these days, and it has come to mean just about anything that you do to make yourself feel better or get healthier. Ideally, your self-care should be something that’s good for the whole you (in other words, a relaxing bath can be self-care even if you have a glass of wine, but you really shouldn’t drink the whole bottle — then you’re just trading off stress reduction for bad health consequences). Fabulous is an app that will help you build healthy habits and take care of yourself in meaningful and sustainable ways.
Want to get into a fitness class right now? Then you should check out Esquared, which aggregates local fitness class options and puts them on a map in the way you might see in a ride-share app such as Uber or Lyft. The prices are displayed, too, so you can see how easy and affordable it might be to jump into that spin class or head to yoga this afternoon.
Few things affect your physical and your mental health as dramatically as your sleep. Getting health sleep can be the difference between being cranky, exhausted, and sick and being upbeat, energetic, and healthy. Make sure that you’re getting great sleep that’s in sync with your circadian rhythms by using a sleep tracking app. Sleep++ is one of the best ones out there. It will give you lots of information about your sleep, enabling you to spot problems with your habits so that you can come up with a plan to fix them. Watching your progress over time, you’ll see how simple changes can make for healthier sleep and, because of that, healthier and more enjoyable waking hours. When you’ve mastered the art of a great night’s sleep, your life will be all the better for it.