04. Helpful Apps to Track Your Health and Promote Wellness

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Calorie counters, exercise trackers, and attitude adjustors. There are apps for just about everything these days, including health and wellness. Dr. Benjamin Littenberg, Dr. Liz Schneider, Dr. Alicia Jacobs, and nurse practitioner Tristin Adie share some of their favorite on-the-go tools to stay happy and healthy.


Simple Calorie Count

Benjamin Littenberg, MD, Internal Medicine at Fletcher Allen

Add your daily calorie intake with this simple diet diary. Dr. Littenberg says the app is easy to use and helps him maintain his daily calorie limit.

Cost: Free
Android

Audible

Dr. Littenberg says one of his favorite apps is not really a health app at all. Audible lets him listen to books while he walks, which helps him look forward to exercising.

Cost: Free (the books cost about $10 each).
Android, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone


My Fitness Pal

Liz Schneider, MD, Milton Family Practice

Dr. Schneider says she has been impressed with My Fitness Pal, which not only tracks your daily activities and calories, but also provides charts that illustrate your intake of carbs, proteins and fats. The app allows you to set a daily calorie goal, record your food intake and exercise to make sure you stay on track. You’ll get an alert if you’re eating too few calories and you can record how many pounds you want to lose per week (Dr. Schneider says a safe goal is one pound per week).

Cost: Free
Android, Blackberry, iPhone and Windows Phone


Health Tip of the Day

Alicia Jacobs, MD, Colchester Family Practice

Dr. Jacobs suggests Health Tip of the Day, which offers easy-to-follow tips on how to be just a little bit healthier each and every day. By following one of these daily tips, you can live a healthier lifestyle and feel better.
 

Cost: Free
iPhone

Take a Break!

Dr. Jacobs says she recently downloaded the Take a Break meditation app. The app includes a meditation podcast and gives you the option to listen to relaxing music and nature sounds.

Cost: Free
iPhone


Map My Run

Tristin Adie, APRN, Fletcher Allen

Tristin Adie suggests Map My Run, an app that lets you record your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned and route traveled on an interactive map.

Cost: Free
Android, Blackberry and iPhone

Gratitude Journal

Write down at least five good things that happened to you on a daily basis. Add photos, rate your day and record the weather. Do this every day for a month and see your attitude change.

Cost:  99 cents
iPhone