To your health: handy apps can help you hit your goals

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It’s been months since you even thought about your New Year’s Resolutions, and all those promises to exercise more and make healthier meals have turned into something more like sleeping in later and ordering pizza… again. But now that summertime is here, it’s a great opportunity to start fresh – and you need look no further than your tablet for help!

Whether you need better meal ideas, a new workout routine, or could use some assistance counting calories, there are a slew of helpful apps you can download to guide you along. Using a tablet like the Acer Iconia A1 830 can help you hit the ground running. Its Intel processor allows you to quickly open and navigate between multiple apps without lag, making it easy to keep up with your new routine. Here are some great apps to help you get any new or old resolutions kicked into gear.

Don’t call it a diet: healthy recipes and nutrition tracking

“Diet” is such a loaded word – sometimes it helps to break it down into a) eating better and b) keeping track of your daily nutrition. If you’ve got a 2 in 1 device running Windows 8, like the Intel-powered Dell XPS 11, check out the Recipe + Nutrition Profiler app which automatically fills in nutrition information when you enter in the ingredients and quantities (in grams) of your recipe. Android users can download the Nutrition Data app which provides detailed data on calories, fat, protein, vitamins, and more for 8,000 common foods.

For tasty, healthy recipes, download the Allrecipes app, which features more than 50,000 recipes (and plenty of mouth-watering photos to go along with ‘em). The app lets you search based on what’s in your fridge, and provides information on the caloric, fat, and cholesterol content of each recipe. Those who are looking for something focused on calorie counting can download an app like Liveh2 Calorie Tracker (Windows 8) or Nutrition Tracker (Android) – both provide the tools to create food journals to keep track of all the nutrition details. 

Motivate for movement: exercise and activity

On the other half of the coin, you have exercise – another healthy habit that tech can assist with. Android users looking to get started on a new routine should try Workout Trainer, which leads you through exercises with audio, photo, and video instructions and allows you to create your own custom workout. Windows 8 users can utilize the expertise of Men’s Health or Women’s Health in order to access a vast library of workouts and tracking tools.

If time management, not motivation, is your main obstacle to getting more exercise, then consider an app that’s tailored to your needs, like 7 Minute Workout for Android devices. The app guides you through 12 exercises that you’ll do for 30 seconds, with 10 second breaks in between, and all you’ll need is a chair and a wall (which makes this app particularly useful for travelers). Busy users should check out 7 Minutes Fitter, which is designed for Windows 8 tablets like a Toshiba Encore 8. Almost everyone has at least seven minutes to spare to get their heart rate up, and it’s an easy way to start a good habit.

Whether you want to get in shape, control an existing condition, eat healthier, quit smoking, or find a more exciting exercise routine, your Intel-powered device can be your personal trainer, motivational coach, and nutrition guru.

[ This sponsored article was written by IDG Creative Lab, a partner of PCWorld, and not by PCWorld's editorial staff. ]

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