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Apps to Get Your App in Gear: SparkPeople

Posted by: Abby Butts   |   Wednesday, June 8, 2011   |   Latest Articles   |   Back to Blog

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Editor's Note: This blog entry is the second in a two-part series about health-related mobile apps. Abby tried out two different free apps that help users track meals and activity. Check out her review of MyFitnessPal.com.


SparkPeople is the other app I tried. The website is informative, but a little overwhelming at first. For serious calorie counters, those who want options to track any kind of goal, and want a large online community with resources, then this site is for you. SparkPeople has great articles and inspiration to keep you focused. The daily emails can be overwhelming if you receive a lot of email like I do. After a week of deleting daily emails I never read, I changed my settings to weekly and have been happier ever since. 

SparkPeople has a progress bar indicating how I'm doing for the day. Like MyFitnessPal.com, I can create my own foods and there is an extensive database of foods and exercises to pick from. I did like having the option of following a meal plan, a feature MyFitnessPal.com did not have. Through the website, I can track smaller goals like eating a certain amount of fruits and vegetables and getting 8 hours of sleep every night.

Overall Thoughts
I have the advantage of having access to the Copper Grill while I'm at work. I use the menu boards to make smart choices and they have great, healthy snack options. Keeping a food and exercise journal has been an interesting experience. I thought I was eating healthy, but the numbers don't lie. I was taking in more calories than I should've and I never would have believed it if I didn't write it down. Recording my exercise is also encouraging as it gives me the boost I need to keep going.

Both apps have great features and resources available for you to use at no cost. For the knowledge and insights you will gain, you can't beat that price tag. Your only investment is your time and health.

What apps do you use to track your calories and exercise?

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~Abby Butts

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