Health Apps for Travelers or Apps for Active Travel
It is so hard to stay consistent when you travel. Often, your “workouts” consist of climbing hundreds of stairs, hiking exotic trails, and putting leather to cobblestone sidewalks. Your nutrition looks more like a kid in a candy store or an adult in a liquor store after a breakup. (You know what I mean…) You will eat nearly anything you can find because all the stair climbing has you famished. Carbs are king and vegetables may become foreign objects. Of course, I am only speaking from firsthand experience because you may be the Rock star who eats well and workouts even from the road! Go you!
For the rest of us, we need added motivation or reminding to Be Well while we travel! Here is a roundup of FREE apps that will encourage better nutrition and fitness from the road. Yep, apps for active travel and health apps for travelers and all you need is WIFI or a data plan to load the app. Some allow you to download plans for later use without internet. Check this post out, if you want more ideas for exercises on vacation!
I’d love to hear back from ya’ll once you’ve tried any of these! I have not tried ALL but have tried about 50% of them.
Map My Fitness (Free; Android, iOS) **Have used and give it 4 stars**
Under Armour’s Map My Fitness logs more than 600 different fitness activities and syncs with more than 400 devices. Search for nearby running trails and routes wherever you are. My Fitness saves your data on pace, distance, and calories burned. It is a GPS-based workouts so keep that in mind. There is also a Map My Fitness community for added motivation and a built in support group! Oh and it is now compatible with both Android Wear devices and Apple Watch.
Workout Trainer (Free; Android, iOS) **Have used and give it 5 stars**
Skimble’s Workout Trainer offers free workouts with timed step-by-step audio and video instructions to coach you along. In addition to the built-in workouts, you can use the resource library to build your own workout routine and share them within the app’s community.
All Day (Free; iOS)
All Day is Adidas’s new wellness app that embodies a total body approach to health. You will find yoga and strength building exercises, nutrition tips and recipes, hydration encouragement, and guided meditations with sleep sessions. We all have experienced that mini meltdown on the train in Italy (oh, just me? Never mind!) Travel can be stressful and sometimes we need some help in quieting our minds.
What more Fitness and Nutrition tips? Check out these posts!
Nike+ Training Club (Free; Android, iOS) **Have used and give it 4 stars**
The Nike+ Training Club app features workouts that focus on strength, endurance, or mobility which vary on three levels of difficulty. After completing a workout, you can share progress photos or words of encouragement with the Nike+ community. The app syncs with Nike+ Run Club to keep track of your runs or manually added activities, such has volcano hiking (Mt. Vesuvius anyone?)
Sworkit (Free; Android, iOS) **Have used and give it 5 stars**
This company’s motto is “Stop procrastinating and Simply Work It, or Sworkit”! You are in charge, select whether you want to build strength, improve flexible through stretches, or partake in some cardio. Then set your duration and Sworkit builds you a routine of exercises that best fit your exercise goals. I don’t know about you, but I get SO BORED doing the same workout on X days. With Sworkit, every workout is different, so you stay alert and never bored.
Fit Radio (Free; Android, iOS)
I cannot work out without music! I begin to think about how heavy I’m breathing, how much my body hurts, or how I’m probably about to die. With music, especially my Latino workout stations, I’m able to get into #beastmode! Fit Radio provides a wide variety of exercise-oriented music mixes, coached workouts, and running playlists designed to help you keep pace. You are able to go freestyle with a number of activity-oriented playlists. Jam on ya’ll!
MyFitnessPal (Android, iOS) **Use it Daily! I give it 5 Stars**
A good exercise regime is nothing without a balanced diet to back it up. Abs are made in the kitchen, afterall! MyFitnessPal is a calorie and nutrients counter with a database that boasts more than 6 million foods (and it’s growing every day because you can add your own recipes to it). Easily look up the foods you’re consuming with the barcode scanner. MyFitnessPal also syncs with Fitbit, MapMyFitness, Strava and more!
Fooducate (Free; Android, iOS)
The Fooducate Weight Loss Coach helps steer you toward real-food diets. (A dietitian’s dream) Fooducate can be personalized depending on activity level, dietary goals, desired weight loss, or health condition. Scan a barcode at the supermarket and Fooducate will tell you if that item contains unhealthy additives such as sugar, preservatives, MSG, or artificial sweeteners; the app will also recommend healthier options! BONUS: it also can cover diets for your pets, which is perfect if you travel with your dogs like we do!
AllTrails (Free; Android, iOS) North America ONLY
AllTrails offers information on more than 50,000 hiking and mountain biking trails throughout North America. Users can filter lists based on whether trails are dog-, child-, or wheelchair-friendly. The app also calculates pace, distance, elevation, and maximum speed along the trail. It does use your GPS system for directions to the trail heads, however, the Pro version allows you to download info for offline use!
HealthyOut helps you find healthy options at your local restaurants. You can filter by diets like low-carb, Mediterranean, or Paleo to find a dish that fits your taste. The app suggests easy modifications to your meals to get the most nutrition per bite!
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