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The Right Tool For The Right Job. Top-10 Staff Picks For Best Lifestyle Apps

by Dr. David Minkoff March 27, 2018 3 min read 0 Comments

The Right Tool For The Right Job.  Top-10 Staff Picks For Best Lifestyle Apps

There's an app for that too: Sometimes success is all about having the right tool for the right job.  When it comes to your personal health, wellness & fitness; do you have the right tool for the job?  Here is a list of our staff picks of the Top-10 apps for 2018.

  1. RunKeeper: RunKeeper tracks walks, runs, and any other physical activity. From the casual stroller to the 5K runner and those building up to a marathon, this GPS app boasts a community of 50 million users and is suitable for everyone. You can build, save, and discover new routes with GPS to keep your workout stimulating.
  2. CouchTo 5k: Couch to 5K helps you go from couch potato to running 5K in just 9 weeks by following their easy and fun training plan. The app is designed for complete beginners to spend around 20 to 30 minutes working out, three times per week, to get 5K-ready.
  3. Strava: Strava aspires to connect the world's athletes by providing an inspiring experience minus the junk posts you might find on other social networks. They say that you might join Strava for the app's tracking ability, but you will stay for their motivating and competitive community. Strava is our top pick for social training.
  4. MyFitnessPal: MyFitnessPal is a smartphone app and website that tracks diet and exercise to determine optimal caloric intake and nutrients for the users' goals and uses gamification elements to motivate users.
  5. SleepCycle: Sleep Cycle uses sound analysis to identify sleep states by tracking movements in bed. Sleep Cycle uses a wake up phase (30 minutes by default) that ends at your desired alarm time. During this phase Sleep Cycle will monitor signals from your body to wake you softly, when you are in the lightest possible sleep state.
  6. FitRadio: Spend time sweating, not making playlists with the App Store's No. 1 workout music app, Fit Radio, featuring new professional DJ mixes every day.
  7. MapMyRun: Get audio feedback on every GPS-tracked run, with customizable voice feedback for stats like pace, route, distance, calories, and elevation. ... - Let your shoes do the tracking with UA Record Equipped connected shoes that automatically track your runs and sync your data with your MapMyRun app.
  8. PocketYoga: A flexible yoga app. Choose between different practices, different durations and different difficulty levels. Whatever your skill level and time availability there's something for you. Pocket Yoga adjusts to your needs.
  9. BineuralBeats: Binaural beats music is used by people all over the world as a form of 'brainwave entrainment' – a process used to entrain the brain into different states that contribute positively to well-being and personal-development. What most people don't realize is that although the creation of binaural beats music has only been possible through technological advancement in the last 100 or so years, the use of this natural science dates back thousands of years.
  10. Argus: Argus: Calorie Counter & Steps. by Azumio Inc. FREE in the App Store. Argus is a powerful all-in-one health app that features an advanced sleep tracker, and it is capable of counting calories and tracking your daily activities. With Argus, you're on the way towards a healthier life, one night, step, and meal at a time.

Though this is far from a comprehensive list of available apps, these are those preferred by our staff.  The use of fitness and nutrition apps have shown association with healthier eating behaviors and BMI making lifestyle related apps a great choice for those with weight management goals.

Struggling to get going? Most of these apps can be customized with personal reminders to help with keeping consistent. Additionally, most lifestyle apps include functionality to assist in connecting with other like minded people also using the app. Connecting with others in an app cretes the ability to have accountability partners or join a community of others with similar goals and interests.  Utilizing either or both of these features is recommended to ensure full success with the applications intent.

Mobile apps work more efficiently in managing lifestyle then desktop apps or websites. A well-designed mobile app can perform actions much quicker than a mobile or desktop website. If there is an app you love and we missed it on our list, send us a message so we can include it in our next update. 

1 :JMIR Publications via National Library of Medicine.

* App costs, subscription information and availability vary.  Please consult the app store on your device for up-to-date information on each app.

*This website, including products, articles, and educational content are not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This website does not provide medical advice. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only.

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.

He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.

In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.

The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness.

Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 44 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.



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