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Really? Yes You Can Earn Money by Getting Healthier with These Apps

Really? Yes You Can Earn Money by Getting Healthier with These Apps

These days, there is literally an app for everything. Quite honestly it can be a bit overwhelming and it can be hard to decide which ones to choose. Health apps can be particularly daunting because we’re talking about your physical well-being here!

These 15 Health Apps have been handpicked for review, so you know where to find the best of the best when it’s time to organize your routine for fitness and overall health.

Becoming a healthier, better, happier you is already a giant feat. But to get PAID to reach your goals? I honestly can’t think of a better incentive.

1. HealthyWage: Make a bet on yourself

    Are you a gambling man/woman? Then this app is perfect for you. You literally place a bet against yourself, and if you reach your goals then your bet is matched and you get paid via PayPal or Amazon credit. To get started, you simply need to set up an account and determine your weight loss goal and time restraint. You place your bet, and if you fail then you lose the money. If you win, then your cash is matched.

    Get the App here! –> HealthyWage

    2. DietBet: Get paid for your efforts

      This app has a very similar premise as HealthyWage. You set up an account, set your goals, and place a bet. This site is very active and offers very large payouts, some as large as $1000. If you’re serious about fitness, this is a great way to get paid for your efforts.

      Get the App here! –> DietBet

      3. Charity Miles: Turn your steps into donations

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        Do you want to good for the world, while you’re bettering yourself? There is an app for that. This app will pay you 10 cents per every mile you walk, and all proceeds will go directly towards a charity of your choice. This non-profit organization contributes to causes such as The Wounded Warrior Project and Habitat for Humanity.

        Get the App here! –> Charity Miles

        4. FitCoin: Pay through BitCoins

          For those of you who like to dabble with BitCoins or are interested in starting, this app is a great way to get your feet wet. To get started you must set up an account, and use a workout tracker to well, keep track of your workouts. The app will calculate the value of your workout based on distance and longevity, and pay you accordingly.

          Get the App here! –> FitCoin

          5. AchieveMint: Get paid for every small change you make

            Like some of these other apps, you must connect it to a workout tracker. The app will reward you with points for keeping track of things like your daily diet, sleep patterns, the amount of water you drink, and how many steps you take. You receive $10 for every 10k points that you acquire, so in order to get paid, you need to really work for it.

            Staying fit can be draining, but these apps can help to make it organized and fun!

            Get the App here! –> Achievemint

            6. Zombies, Run!

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              This app is a dream come true for horror enthusiasts. Live out your own zombie apocalypse while getting fit! Receive missions, scavenge for materials, protect your camp, and watch out for the zombies! This app is sure to make you work up a sweat while you literally run for your life.

              Get the App here! –> Zombies Run!

              7. FitNet: Quick daily routines you won’t find excuses to miss

                Perfect for people like me who don’t like to go to the gym, or just can’t find the time. This app provides you with quick daily routines to knock out your fitness quota in the privacy of your own home. You connect your camera to the app, so that it can keep track of the accuracy of your moves! It’s like having your own personal trainer that can’t yell at you.

                Get the App here! –> FitNet

                8. Motion Traxx: Perfect soundtrack for workout

                  In order for the perfect fitness routine to be complete, it needs the perfect soundtrack. This app combines your expertly designed workout with music that fluctuates with the intensity of your routine. Prepare to work out harder than ever while you get lost to the music!

                  Get the App here! –> Motion Traxx

                  9. Yonder: To look for best hiking spots

                    Again, perfect for people who avoid the gym and prefer to get their fitness by immersing themselves in the great outdoors. This app could be comparable to apps like WikiCamps or Yelp. All you do is enter your location, and read various reviews by people who have been there and been through it to get the skinny on the best hiking spots.

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                    Get the App here! –> Yonder

                    10. Yoga Wake Up: 10-minute yoga to wake you up

                      Reaching your fitness goal of daily yoga just got much simpler. You set your daily wake up time, and each day the app will provide you with a 10 minute yoga flow to start your day off right and keep your mind centered. It is just as, if not more important to nurture your mind as well as your body.

                      Get the App here! –> Yoga Wake Up

                      Your body’s performance starts with what you eat. These are the best apps for keeping track of a healthy diet.

                      11. Fooducate: Keep track of everything

                        Inspired by the notion that you can control your physical well-being by controlling your diet? This app provides you with the low-down on any and all items that you scan, providing you with all of the nutritional information. The app can also be used to keep track of your sleep patterns, mood, and hunger. All of this information is processed and used to help you to meet your goals.

                        Get the App here! –> Fooducate

                        12. Life sum: Make small changes every day

                          Trying to diet, but can’t seem to kick the bad habits? As we all know, cold turkey is bound to crash and burn eventually, turning you back onto your old ways. The key is making small changes everyday, that will eventually transform your routine in the long run. This app send you daily reminders and motivational clips to keep you going well on your way to fitness town.

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                          Get the App here! –> Lifesum

                          13. Thrive Market: Best deals on health and organic products

                            If you shop around and shop smart, eating well doesn’t have to be expensive. This app makes it that much simpler, offering you the best deals on health and organic products. The best part? After shopping, the items are shipped right to your door! There is a yearly fee of $59.95, which is a small price to pay for the savings you receive!

                            Get the App here! –> Get the App here! –> Thrive Market

                            14. Rise: Send them a picture of your meals

                              This app is unique because it actually pairs you with a live nutritionist to keep track of your daily meals and progress. Each day you send them a picture of your meals, and they will help you to alter your diet to meet your goals. The app costs $14.95 a month, which is well thriftier than appointments with a live R.D.

                              Get the App here! –> Rise

                              15. mySugr: Keep track of your blood sugar levels

                                Specifically for diabetics, this app keeps track of your daily intake of food and how to effects your blood sugar levels. It also monitors your mood and overall well-being. If you notice that you feel worse when you eat certain foods, the app can help you to determine just how much of that item you can still consume while remaining to feel your best.

                                Get the App here! –> mySugr

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                                Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                Video Summary

                                Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                  1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                  Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                  • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                  • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                  • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                  • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                  2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                    Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                    Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                    3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                      Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                      4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                        Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                        A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                        A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                        On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                        5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                          Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                          6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                            Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                            7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                              Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                              How to hold a plank position

                                              1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                              2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                              3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                              4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                              5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                              6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                              7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                              Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                              Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                • Prolapse
                                                • After prolapse surgery
                                                • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                • Previous childbirth
                                                • Overweight

                                                Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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