16 Apps and Websites to Help Young Adults Stay Healthy and Fit
Millennials and young adults are taking care of themselves. Using apps and websites to enhance their healthy lifestyles is an obvious choice for this tech-loving generation.
○ 7 minute workout
The 7 minute workout uses the exerciser's body weight to create exercises that build strength and muscle, rather than having to go to a gym or use equipment. While the app is free, some of the programs need to be purchased, most for a nominal fee.
○ Cooking Light
The Cooking Light app has a huge assortment of recipes pulled from Cooking Light magazine. Easy to make meals are great for on-the-go young adults.
○ Couch to 5K (C25K)
C25K takes couch potatoes and exercise slackers and slowly moves them from sitting to running a 5K (3 miles). The time period for this evolution is 2 months, and there's a strong, supportive community available online for those in the program.
○ Down Dog
Down Dog is a yoga app so users can find their center anywhere they go, from hotel rooms while traveling to the beach while relaxing.
Fitocracy is a website where trainers offer their services at a variety of prices and levels of intensity, based on the client's needs. Lots of one-on-one communication at the more expensive level with coaching for fitness and nutrition/wellness.
○ Green Kitchen
The app Green Kitchen is a vegetarian recipe app for healthy, interesting and fun recipes focusing on plant-based meals.
○ Heidi Somers - YouTube
Heidi Somers is a combination of social media star and fitness guru, with a little reality show thrown in. A petite, blonde and vivacious young woman, Heidi shares her life, fitness and nutrition tips and more on her YouTube channel. With nearly half a million followers, she's one of the most popular fitness YouTubers around.
○ If It Fits Your Macros
How do you know If It Fits Your Macros ? Macros is another term for fat, carbohydrates and proteins. If It Fits Your Macros offers a range of plans for eating well and losing weight, ranging from the introductory $17 level to the custom fitness program at $297. Home based workouts in the custom plan are tailored specifically to the client's needs and profile.
○ Lose It!
Lose It! let's you track and plan your fitness and diet on your own. It has a scanner for counting calories and nutrients and you can also look up foods using an image. There's a basic plan and a premium plan that's $3.99 a month.
○ Map My Fitness
If your young adult runner is a traveler, Map My Fitness is a handy tool to help him or her find the best and most convenient running routes in cities around the world, and it syncs to other fitness apps to keep track of miles run and calories burned.
Nike+ is more than just a fitness app. It's also a direct link to shopping for products, notices for special events and other Nike promotions. For fitness, it offers full-service one-on-one support, exercise programs and more to enhance the fitness lifestyle with a focus on Nike brand products.
Noom Coach is a mobile application that promotes long-term weight loss by helping users build healthy, sustainable lifestyle habits. Noom is unique in that it can be built around a group of people as well as individuals, which works well for employers looking to improve the health of their workforce.
○ Plant Nanny
Plant Nanny helps track water intake to stay well-hydrated and energized.
Rise is a weight loss program that is Tailored to the individual, backed by scientific research, focuses on healthy living and uses daily accountability to keep clients on track. Also unique to Rise is their photo-based communication between user and coach/trainer. With an emphasis on helping busy people stay on track, Rise is popular with millennials who are on the go and working long hours.
Runkeeper is an app for runners. Not only does it map and count runs, but it has group challenges. It connects directly to the very popular Spotify music app to keep energy up during those intense runs.
StrongLifts focuses on weight training with free weights and barbells. The app offers answers to questions ranging from what kind of weights are needed in a home gym to how long one should rest between reps.