Emmie Sahlan

How Health Apps Help Workers Better Manage Wellness

According to a report from the IMS Institute, there are currently 165,000 health apps on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android systems. In fact, the use of health and fitness apps is seemingly prevalent among adults in the U.S. Another report from PwC explained that 32 percent of Americans downloaded health-linked apps in the past two years.

You can incorporate health apps as extensions of your workplace wellness program. Through these apps, your employees can retrieve instructional videos from home and track their fitness progress, for instance. Here are four health apps to consider for fitness tracking:

  1. Seven-Minute Workout It offers a workout routine aiming to help employees lose weight and strengthen muscles.
  2. Workout Trainer The app comes with free workouts intended for a wide variety of fitness goals, experience levels and personal preferences.
  3. RunKeeper This shows essential information such as pace, distance, time and calories burned after activities such as walking, running or hiking.
  4. Pocket Yoga It serves as a self-guided yoga practice that users can customize to correspond with their schedule and experience level.

Convenient Ways to Track Exercise

Technology makes it possible for your employees to track their workouts without resorting to pen and paper or using spreadsheets. Your staff can use special apps that chart their workout progress over time so they can adjust their plan in a way that their goals can be achieved within the desired time frame. Here are a few options at their disposal:

Effective Ways to Develop a Healthy Diet

While there are apps for weight loss and dieting your employers can turn to, they have to first adhere to basic healthy eating practices, including:

  • Eating more fruit and vegetables to meet the right amount of vitamins, minerals and fiber for the body;
  • Consuming whole grains;
  • Choosing lean meat for protein intake;
  • Cutting down on sodium, sugar and fat; and,
  • Drinking water instead of sugary drinks.

There are multiple free, healthy eating apps your employees can download to track calorie intake and access nutritional information from food packages.

One option, named LoseIt!, suggests an estimate of how many calories to eat per day based on current and ideal weight information. Nutrition information can be accessed when bar codes of food packaging are scanned.

Another choice, called Fooducate, provides a rating for the scanned food based on calorie counts per serving and amount of excess sugar.

Lastly, MyFitnessPal gives users access to a food diary and calorie counts for a wide range of meals and provides a built-in social network.

The time and effort spent in educating your staff on the various health apps and their functions through various media go a long way. It represents an opportunity to encourage your employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle, which translates to better productivity and reduced absenteeism in the workplace.

Emmie Sahlan has a graduate degree in English and has been writing professionally for the past five years. Her niche areas are insurance, credit cards, personal finance and education.