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5 easy-to-use apps for healthy living


By Erin Dostal for Prevention.com

You love your cell phone. So much that you’d even marry it—or at least forego some of life’s greatest pleasures for it. In fact, one-third of American adults would rather give up sex for a week than their phones, and 55 percent would rather give up caffeine, according to a survey by the mobile GPS company TeleNav.

But don’t panic, there’s no need to choose. In fact, the plethora of apps available to you means loving your cell phone can be a big boost for your health. Check out these five easy-to-use apps that will get you through the day with a bang (yep, we even mean that kind of bang).

1. Keeping Fit: Endomondo  
Starting your day with some exercise is always a good call, and research shows that working out with a pal makes you more likely to keep at it. But what if your ideal gym buddy lives in LA and you’re in NYC? This fitness app lets you challenge friends far and wide and even send them pep talks in real time. Plus, it tracks your distance, speed, and calories. Think of it as a way to engage in some healthy competition with your bi-coastal bestie. (Available for iPhone and Android, free)

2. Eating Easy: MyFitnessPal   
You’ve heard it before: Calorie counting is a vital part of weight loss. But who wants to drag a notebook around all day to jot down each bite? MyFitnessPal takes the number crunching out of your healthy eatingequation. Enter your weight loss goal, and then click on what you eat throughout the day (pick from 1,100,000 foods), and the app keeps a running tab. (Available for iPhone and Android, free)

3. Staying Perky: Caffeine Tracker  
Can’t survive without that second (or fourth) cup of coffee in the afternoon? Caffeine Tracker will help make sure that you can enjoy a couple of energy bursts during your day without sacrificing sleep. Just enter in your caffeinated drink of choice—coffee, cola, or tea—and watch the graph to see when the energizing compound will exit your system. (Available for iPhone and Android, .99 cents)

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