It's that time of year -- when we all take a look at where we're at, and where we want to be, and make those yearly resolutions. If one of your resolutions happens to be improved fitness and health, there are tons of smartphone apps that want to help you out. We've highlighted a few of our favorites here. They're mobile, adaptable to the traveling RN lifestyle, and perfect if you're travel nursing and on the road.
Great for: tracking nutrition and exercise goals
There are five million foods in the MyFitnessPal database, a barcode nutrition scanner, a recipe importer, and meal saver. You can set your goals, whether it's to lose weight, add muscle, or maintain, and MyFitnessPal will give you the numbers you have to hit. Many studies show that simply writing down what you eat and when you exercise is one of the most effective ways to meet your wellness goals.
Cost: The basic version is free, supported by ads from Under Armour. A paid premium version is available.
Great for: multitaskers - get healthy while you're doing good.
Cool concept, we haven't tested it, but it is one of the top health and fitness apps for Apple and Android. On setup, you can select from more than 40 charities to support. Once you start your activity, you are sponsored by a brand to complete your task. Users have raised more than $2 million total for charity.
Cost: Free, supported by ads and sponsorships.
Great for: avid cyclists and competitive athletes.
Cycling is a do-able sport for travelers, hook up your bike rack and go. The app also tracks running and swimming activities. Strava is a highly motivating app. You get lots of performance analytics like speed, pace, distance and calories burned. Plus a leaderboard where you can see how you measure up against similar athletes in your area. Go. Fight. Win!
Cost: Basic version is free: premium version available for purchase.
Great for: Challenging workouts in small spaces.
Production values and design are great and the exercise demonstrators are aspirational. Tons of workouts that are ideal for small spaces. Mostly strength, mobility and plyo-type moves. Some celebrity workouts, too.
Cost: Basic version is free: supported by ads for Nike.
Great for: traveling runners who are getting to know new areas.
Find out the favorite routes of local runners, map and track your runs, connect with local communities of runners ...and you won't get lost! Developed by the same folks who created MyFitnessPal, so the connection between the two is solid.
Cost: Basic version is free: supported by ads for Under Armour.
Great for: outdoor workouts and popular gym equipment.
This audio-only app has highly motivational workouts that are geared toward outdoor athletes - (walking, running, bodyweight strength, yoga) and gym athletes (ellipticals, treadmills, stairclimbers, weights). We lo-o-ove the motivational coaching and the real -- not lame-- soundtracks behind the workouts.
Cost: Approximately $9 - $15/month
This year, it's easier than ever to resolve that, no matter where your travel nursing agency finds a job for you, there's an easy and fun way to stay active.