You may be holding the tool to combat the winter blues right in own your hands – that is, if you’re holding a Smartphone. Before you rush to download the latest version of Angry Birds, stop to think about how these devices can be used to help your family make healthier choices with the touch of a button.
Mobile applications allow you to do everything from estimate calories, log physical activity, find new routes to walk or jog, and provide motivation from sports stars!
Healthy Family Fun has reviewed some of the best FREE apps on the market to help you and your family stay healthy this winter season:
Map My Run. Use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all of your fitness activities including walking, jogging, or biking. Record your workout details, including the length, distance, pace, and calories burned on an interactive map and save favorite routes to use again.
Fooducate. Use this app next time you visit the grocery store. Have your child scan a product’s barcode to receive nutrition information (including a helpful grading system) that can help you make healthier choices together.
Fitness Pro. You don’t have to be a pro to benefit from this app. It features more than 450 sample exercises with demonstrations of each activity to help you become more comfortable doing them on your own. No personal trainer needed!
Nike+ Running. Like Map My Run, this app also tracks distance, pace, time and calories burned. It even goes a step further to give you feedback on your workout and provides motivational messages from athletes like football star Tim Tebow. Share your runs on your social media channels to get cheers along the way.
Your Smartphone can do so much more than send text messages or play games! With these apps, it can be another tool to help your on-the-go family make time for healthy meals and family fitness.