Gadgets and apps to help you stay healthy in college
You may have heard unhealthy rumors about college life: Pizza-and-cereal diets, beer bellies, the Freshman 15 and pulling all-nighters with the help of sugary coffee drinks.
Re-frame your thinking and consider those just legends. Because for as many unhealthy traps there are in college, there’s an equal number of healthy opportunities. You can leave your car at home and walk or bike everywhere you need to go; college campuses make for gorgeous running spots; your campus recreation center will likely wow you and dorm food has gotten much more nutritious.
Keeping with the theme of being wired in college, we’ve found gadgets, apps and techy toys that will keep you in shape and healthy during your four (or five or six) college years.
Runkeeper: A free app for the iPhone or Android smart phones that promises to be “The Personal Trainer in your Pocket.” And, because it’s kinda fun to #humblebrag about your personal best times, this app will let you share your run information on Facebook and Twitter. More than 20 million people are using this app to tap the GPS on their phones to track their runs, hikes, bikes and other activities. You can set fitness goals and get free coaching tips to help you meet them; support and compete with your buddies; and find new work-outs. Runkeeper will also give you pace updates through your earbuds.
Sleep Cycle alarm clock: Your circadian clock may be out of whack when you first get to college whether it be because of cramming for tests or staying out late on the weekends. (P.S. Thursday, you’ll discover, counts as weekend night when you’re in college). We’re loving the Sleep Cycle alarm clock app that is just 99 cents. The smart alarm clock analyzes your sleep and wakes you up in the lightest sleep phase so that you’ll feel rested and relaxed when you get out of bed. Just don’t miss your 9 a.m. Calculus I class. Remember — getting a good night’s sleep will help with your metabolism.
FITBIT Zip Wireless Activity Tracker: It’s like a modern-day pedometer. Surely you’ll be walking a lot between classes, so why not track your steps and calories burned? You can tuck the tracker in your pocket or clip it on your waistband, and it will log your steps, distance, calories burned and then upload your data to your computer or mobile device. ($59.95 at Sports Authority + 3 percent Cash Back)
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