iPhone Apps for Staying Healthy While Traveling
When it comes to air travel, some people live on the road. Different flights every night, packing up clothes morning after morning and collecting keycards like it's a hobby. Changing time zones, not knowing when your next healthy meal will be, and all those takeoffs and landings can do a number on your body, as well as your mind. So to keep you healthy and sane, here's some iPhone apps that focus on exercising, eating and sleeping.
Fooducate. Running through the airport and grabbing something to eat before boarding the flight? Scan the bar code on the back of whatever you are buying to see how healthy it is. If you find something you like, add it to your list so you can pick it up the next time you go grocery shopping. The program is based off a registry of what other users have taken photos of and eaten, so you get instant reviews and health facts simply by scanning the bar code. (Free)
Fast Food Calorie Counter. Admit it: we all eat fast food at some point. And while fast food companies may not disclose calorie counts and fat content on each item's wrapper, this app will tell you everything about every bite. Don't let the name deceive you – it's not just fast food. Sit-down restaurants such as Applebee's and Chilis are also included. As well as regional joints, such as Tim Horton's, White Castle and something called Eat'n'Park. So if you have to grab a bite at the airport McDonald's, check to see what your healthiest options are first. (Free)
Ab Workouts. Maybe you are not staying in the most luxurious hotel on a business trip. Maybe the gym in your hotel is just a little too small or crowded for your taste. No worries. Head back to your room, clear some space and use the Ab Workouts app to get in a workout. With easy exercises and four difficulty levels, you will be able to work off that those early morning doughnuts in no time. Exercises feature detailed instructions, so you know you are doing everything correctly and not injuring yourself. (Free)
Run Keeper. Don't let the name fool you – it is not just for running. The app is able to track, measure and improve your fitness routine. It can capture any type of movement – running, cycling, walking, hiking, skiing, swimming and more – and tracks your progress with time, distance and calories burned. The app keeps a log of every workout you have done and enabling the GPS shows you were you've worked out – and if you run/walk/cycle outside, it highlights your path with mile markers along the way. Walking through the airport to your gate? Click on the app and see how far you walk to the gate. You might surprise yourself. All you need is a pocket to slip your iPhone in and you are good to go. (Free)
Sleep Cycle. Sleeping in a different bed every night can take a toll on the body. You may not sleep well without the pillow you've called your own. Or you may be so tired from meetings, pitches and traveling that you hit the bed and pass out. Either way, Sleep Cycle monitors your sleeping habits and tells you when you're getting the best sleep. The app doubles as an alarm clock and wakes you either at your set time or whenever you're sleeping at your lightest, meaning it tries not to wake you out of a sound sleep and throw off your sleeping habits. It can be hard to get used to – you have to sleep with your phone under your pillow and it takes a couple nights to adjust to your body. So make sure you have a long charging cord that can reach from the wall to your bed. ($.99)