Since the iPhone was released and the world of apps and smartphones has continued to evolve, access to information and technology has never been more available. Mobile technology gives us all sorts of tools to take better care of ourselves.
What once used to take extended periods of time of manual work by ourselves can now be achieved with a few simple clicks. Because of this extra convenience, certain things like self-care have become more appealing since it requires less work. Here are some of the best applications for making sure that you are taking care of number one.
Google Maps is a fantastic application which is free. You can use it as a GPS map if you are looking for directions, you can drop pins to remember locations, and best of all you can use it as your own personal yellow pages on the go.
You can do a simple search term for any sort of service and Google Maps will show you the closest places in your vicinity. Looking for a spa? Simply type in “spa” and go treat yourself to some pampering. Looking for a rehabilitation clinic? Search for “rehab” and you can see a list of local facilities with user reviews helping narrow your search even more.
‘My Fitness Pal
If you have been trying to lose weight or simply live a healthier lifestyle, this application is a must. After creating your health profile including your weight, goal weight, and calorie parameters, it tracks your progress for you.
Instead of having to manually add your calories throughout the day staring endlessly at nutrition labels and pulling out your calculator every 5 minutes, the app comes with an enormous database of virtually every food you can imagine. All it takes is a scan of the barcode of your food item and the app shows exactly what the nutritional content is and adds it to your daily calories. This convenience has never made eating healthy and following your calories easier.
Some of us lead busy lives from a desk and don’t get as much walking in as we would like. A Fitbit is a pedometer with a multitude of other features which track and motivate us to get more activity in throughout the day.
Included with the device is an application which allows us to monitor our daily step count, daily calorie burn, and even allow us to have healthy competition with other friends who also use the app.
This application is great if you are looking for healthy recipes, workout routines, or even meditation instructions. Virtually any sort of self-care you can think of is at your fingertips, free of charge on YouTube.