Three great health apps
YOUR OWN GYM BUDDY
The idea of getting fit often comes with feelings of terror, discomfort and self-consciousness, especially if you don’t do gyms or group classes.
Thankfully, the Argus fitness app will become your faithful gym buddy, as well as being your personal nutritionist and trainer – counting your daily steps and how much water you drink. It will even warn you to slow down when the temperatures are too hot for high-intensity running.
With a slick user interface and pretty accurate readings, this app is perfect for both beginners and more intense athletes. After a brief tryout, it also appears less heavy on data and battery life than apps such as Pacer and Nike+Running. – Binwe Adebayo
THE EASY WAY TO CHOOSE HEALTHIER FOOD
The HealthyFood Switch app does just what it’s named for by making those tough everyday choices – between something you think is healthy and something that is actually healthy – just a matter of a quick photo scan. All you need to do is download the app and hold up the camera on your smartphone to the barcode of any product stocked in Pick n Pay or Woolworths, and the app will give you a detailed nutritional breakdown of the product. It will rate how healthy it is for you, and then provides a list of healthy and healthier options available to you in that store. If you download the app this month and perform a scan in the store, you could also win one of 200 R500 weekly food vouchers through Discovery Vitality. – Garreth van Niekerk
AN APP TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE
With more than 155 bricks and mortar stores around the world, it was only a matter of time before the Lorna Jane brand found some footing in the digital world. The best elements of Lorna Jane’s famous Move Nourish Believe philosophy are used as the structural foundations of this stylish app. You can track your movements, find delicious recipes and get daily inspiration, all from your phone. In the Move section, keep track of your running, walking and cycling with GPS tracking on a map interface; the Nourish tab encourages you to provide for your body’s needs with 100 delicious recipes; and the Believe section will help you to “feed your mind and spirit” with inspirational stories and quotes to keep you going. Garreth van Niekerk You can find all
three of these free apps in the
iTunes or Play stores