***Special thanks to Lifesum for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.***
Keeping track of my health and fitness progress has never been easier than with Lifesum, available for download in the App Store (iOS) and Play Store (Android). A healthy life is a happy one, right? This year, I’ve been really investing in my body more for the sake of my well-being. I recently started using Lifesum to help me make sure I’m meeting my calorie intake, having balanced meals, and drinking enough water. It’s also a great tool to get fit as well!
One of the first things I did when I downloaded this app was take Lifesum’s LifeScore test. It consists of 41 questions about eating and exercising habits. After answering each one honestly, I received an overall score reflecting how well I’m doing with my health. From here, I got a better idea of what I needed to change to make improvements and what I needed to keep up.
If you’re looking to eat healthier but don’t know where to start, the Premium membership allows you to access a plethora of healthy recipes. These recipes are grouped by your personal health goals, so you can really pick something that will suit your body’s needs. It’s a fun way to try new foods and see what kinds of recipes are good for you depending on your health goals.
Personally, I am not looking to lose weight or cut out carbs from my diet. Rather, I’m simply just trying to be healthier. This means making sure I drink the full 8 recommended glasses of water, squeezing at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, and eating balanced meals. With that said, I chose the “Basic Health” plan. This plan is the traditional approach to health, following a calorie-focused diet with a lot of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and fish. Unlike a lot of health plans, this one doesn’t have any off-limit foods and is generally healthy.
Some other plans available on Lifesum include No Carb, Ketogenic, and High Protein, to name a few. Each of these plans will give completely different day/meal ratings depending on your daily meals because each one focuses on different aspects. For example, if you choose a ketogenic eating plan and eat a ton of high-fat foods, you might get a high rating. If you choose a clean eating plan and have the same things, then you might get a low rating.
It’s pretty interesting to see how I do from day to day because I eat differently everyday. I am by no means perfect and sometimes will over-snack or forget to squeeze in time for a workout, but this app will remind me of what I need to work on so that I can be conscious of it in the future. I’ve put in so much more effort to be active ever since I started using Lifesum. Not only am I working out at the gym, I’m also taking advantage of fitness classes and hiking outdoors. The water tracker is fun because you can virtually fill in glasses of water in the app as you drink them, and in return you’ll get words of motivation to keep you going!
One thing I struggle with is making sure my meals are balanced. I have been trying to eat more greens and fresh fruits, and the vegetable/fruit/meat/fish tracker helps me track the good habits I’m trying to catch on, and remind me of any “less healthy” habits I’m trying to break, such as eating less red meat.
Lifesum also helps users keep track of calories taken versus calories burned. This really helps me visualize how much I’ve eaten versus how much activity I put in for the day. This feature is a must for those trying to either lose or gain weight, or just wanting to be more aware.
My iOS friends will love the step counter feature. You can easily keep track of how many steps you’ve taken everyday with respect to how many calories you’ve burned. It converts the steps detected during the day through the Apple health app into burned food equivalents. For example, if you took 7500 steps in a day, you burned the equivalent of 2 burgers. It’s a pretty neat way to get a better perspective about the importance of being active!
The Premium version of Lifesum allows one to access plenty of useful features for keeping track of everyday health and more for the price of a cup of coffee at Starbucks! If you have been working hard on that summer body at the gym and want to keep better track of your diet (or vice versa), then I’d highly recommend giving this app a try. It’s really opened my eyes and to see what I need to work on and what I’m rocking at. The Premium membership allows users to unlock recipes, diet plans, and overall just maximize the full Lifesum experience.
What are some steps you’ve been taking to achieve your dream summer body, or just to become a healthier individual?
Photos by David Potter