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5 Fitness Apps You Should Be Using

5 Fitness Apps You Should Be Using

Health apps are taking the world by storm for a good reason. With the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear and other wearables on the market you can track basically any aspect of life, especially when it comes to your health. Even if you don’t have a “wearable” you can still use your smartphone to keep track of pretty much every aspect of your health and all of your workouts.

There are countless apps that you could use, but here are five fitness apps which are different enough that they stand above the rest. Use them every day and you’ll be fitter, more flexible, more committed, and more hydrated than ever. You may even end up better than Tony Perkis ever was in Heavyweights.

Waterlogged (Free)

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    Staying hydrated can be harder than it looks. In fact, many people find themselves dehydrated without even realizing it. Waterlogged fixes that. You decide what your water intake should be for the day, and the app uses reminders to help you track what you’ve had and how much more water you need to hit your goal for the day. Sure it’s simple, but staying hydrated can be incredibly powerful for your overall health.

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    12 Minute Athlete ($2.99)

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      The best thing about 12 minute fitness is how simple it is. In roughly 12 minutes, you get a high intensity interval training workout that makes fat cry tears of sweat. The app has more than 180 workouts to choose from, and you can choose your focus (strength, cardio, core) depending on your individual fitness goals.

      Some workouts in the app work better if you have some minimal equipment, but if all you have is your own bodyweight, that’s fine. There are plenty of workouts that will keep your heart pumping. Quick animations lead you through each individual movement so you’re never left guessing what the exercise looks like.

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      And if you want more advanced workouts, you can upgrade to a premium membership, which includes a small monthly subscription. With more than 200 5-star reviews on iTunes, 12 Minute Athlete is definitely doing something right.

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      Strava (Free)

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        Nike+ and Map My Run have nothing on Strava. It’s super easy to track your running or cycling workout. Just start the app, and you’re on your way. You don’t have to worry about anything until you finish your workout. It also has a beautiful design and user experience. Strava is (in my opinion) one of the best apps for tracking your cardio workouts. .

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        Move Well (Free)

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          With all that working out, your body is going to need time to recover. With MoveWell, a video coach walks you through simple 10-15 minute mobility workouts to help ease your pain and get you moving better. And the best part? You pick the area you need the most help. If you want to warm up for a workout, there’s a routine for that. Are you feeling lower back or irritation with your IT band? There’s a workout for those too. Most workouts are included for free with the app, and a additional mobility routines that target specific areas are available for purchase.

          Download for Apple

          Coach.me (Free)

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            This simple app works wonders for building and sticking to habits. Set a goal, choose how many days per week you want to do it, and you’re off! You can follow friends and give each other “props” for checking in. And when it comes to motivation, there’s nothing like looking at the calendar to see your uninterrupted string of “check ins”. I definitely wouldn’t want to break that record!

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            Last Updated on January 11, 2021

            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

            Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

            Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

            1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

            Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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            2. Stress Relief

            Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

            3. Improved Sleep

            Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

            4. Appetite Control

            Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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            5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

            When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

            6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

            Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

            7. Mosquito Repellant

            Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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            8. Pain Relief

            While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

            9. The New Anti-Viral

            Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

            10. Improved Cognitive Function

            Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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            11. Money Saving

            With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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