New Apps Help You Stay Healthy

It’s that time of the year when most people start bailing on their New Year’s Resolution. Unless you’ve got a friend keeping you accountable, it can be difficult to stay on top of the commitment you had. There’s good news, however! New mobile applications make it easier than ever to keep on track and have fun at the same time.

My Fitness Pal

   My Fitness Pal is a great way to keep you on track throughout the entire day. What makes this application so easy to use is that you can look up calorie information for whatever you’re consuming, add in the servings you’ve had, and view how you’re doing with your overall fitness goals. You can also log in the amount of time you’ve spent doing a particular activity, which will calculate an estimate of the calories to add to your workout information as well. On a weekly basis, the application will prompt you to enter your weight information, which it then translates into a line graph so you can chart your progress. The My Fitness Pal community is full of supportive other people to help you on your journey. With the ability to record your data on the go, there’s no reason to fall behind on your goals!


GymPact is one of the newest mobile apps to help you along your way. The way GymPact works is based on a design from university economists. You set up your account by essentially placing a “bet” on how many times that week you’ll hit the gym. The program works by taking the money on the line from those people that didn’t meet their pact and distributing that as rewards to those who did meet their goals for the week. It’s an easy way to keep yourself accountable. If you’re going on vacation or feeling sick, you can also “pause” your pact for the week. Once you install the app, you’ll check into a gym using GPS or use runkeeper to track your outdoor running. You’ll need to exercise thirty minutes for each workout to “count”!

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