Apps to Help you with Healthy Living

Staying healthy is a big commitment – Here are some apps to help keep you moving all year!

Many college students try and fail to keep a consistent workout schedule. Either there isn’t enough time, they don’t have the inspiration or they just don’t know what they’re doing.

Thankfully today’s apps can connect us with coaches and motivators that know just how to get you going.

Instead of asking Google for “good work out routines” at midnight when you’ve just watched an inspirational boxing movie, check out this Huffington Post list of awesome and merciless fitness apps:

  • This is an app that gives you personalized motivation and advice that inspires you to reach your own goals.  Coach me lets you set a goal (there are over 200,000 to choose from) and then lets you determine how much coaching you’ll need to reach them. Goals can range from marathon training to simple daily priorities. You can also choose how your coach actually responds to your goal. It can come in three different forms: advice on any questions you might have in regards to your goals, motivation that celebrates every milestone of accomplishment (no milestone is too small), and friendly reminders to keep you on track.
  • Human: Time to see how many calories are burnt on your bike ride to Biology class and during your long walk to a friend’s dorm. Human is your all in one app for calculating your daily movement. No need for any extra devices, this app tracks your day-to-day walks, runs, bike rides, and overall activity in regards to your movement (not steps). It gives you an estimate of about how many calories you have burned and encourages you to be active for 30, 60, or 90 minutes each day.  Finally, this app lets you create a community around your movement. Get your friends to use the app with you and create some friendly competition (Sorority vs. Fraternity movement contest?).
  • Cody: This app revolves around one coach’s videos and routines and is backed by a community. Cody hosts different coaches for fitness plans that range from yoga on the beach to Olympic-style weightlifting. Members of each plan connect through the app, comment on their routines and inspiring each other. Each plan does cost money, but they don’t expire and could become great gifts or reminders to exercise.
  • 7-Min Workout: This is the perfect app for students with big work schedules and lofty fitness goals. The seven-minute workout has been scientifically proven to have great benefits for both burning calories and building muscle. There are many 7 minute fitness apps out there but this one is free, lets you play music in the background of your workout, doesn’t need internet access to run, sets up reminders, goals, achievement rewards and much more.
  • Charity Miles: You can run every day for a good cause with this free app. It is very simple and very rewarding – 10cents per mile when you bike and 25cents per mile when you walk or run and it goes to one of a handful of charities to choose from like the Wounded Warrior Project or ASPCA. Feel good about yourself physically and spiritually with this app.

Any apps we missed that should have made the list? Let us know on twitter @Academbot!

(Source: 6 Apps to Help You Crush Your Fitness Goals This Year I Huffington Post)

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After graduation, it’s all community theater and church ensembles, and who has the time for that? Nobody, that's who. 

Going to the farmers market is one of those things that just feels good.

They're quaint and novel, full of happy people buying hand-grown food, and sometimes, they even have a guy playing an accordian over by the pickle stand. It doesn't get better than that, my friends. 

On-Campus Farmers Markets

The lost art of growing vegitables and selling them directly to the community isn't lost yet at these awesome college, where students and professors alike are able to walk less than the length of the campus to a fresh and fantastic farmers markets.

Disc Golf is Everwhere on a College Campus

What do a statue of a university founder, a liberal arts building and an on-campus coffee shop have in common? They can all be disc golf targets.

That’s right, practically every college campus can and should be used as a disc golf course. It’s done at St. Mary’s University, where students get to throw over streams and historic graveyards. And it’s done at the University of Oregon, where students shoot through skinny, sprawling oak trees.

Why Chess is Such a Great Game

Chess may be one of the most important games in humanity.

It has taken geniuses and robots to master, has lasted through centuries of sporting, permeated across the globe and found its way onto almost every college campus in the country. Yet despite its prodigious back story, it is still one of the most democratic games, funneling down to just two individuals and their wits. 

Who is Wes Anderson?

Wes Anderson is half-average guy half-magician. His fashion, visual style, films and characters are all relatable, genuine, cool and absurdly different. He’s been making amazing cult films since the late 80’s, attracting fans of all ages and backgrounds. But at one point he was nothing more than a dude sitting in the back of a college play-write class, looking to make friends and talk movies. 

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Guest blogging shows initiative, skill, and business cunning. And although it seems like everyone’s doing it, trust me, it’ll still make you stand out.

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College students go to class. College students study in libraries. College students go on $3 hot dog runs at 2 a.m. What they don’t do—is cook. At least not as much as they could.

SpoonUniversity is fixing that.

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Worry not - you're not alone! Making friends at any stage of life is a challenge, especially if you're somewhat shy, introverted, or -- we're just going to come out and say it -- "picky". 

Some think it should be easy to make friends in college since there are so many people around, but that's not true. If anything, the amount of options and directions students are pulled in can make it harder to find someone you can really get along with. 

Alright, if our calculations are correct then between move-in day and graduation day you could meet a Prince, a future American President, a surfer musician, a quarterback, or a genius.

You could also meet some other non-famous cutie hanging out around campus, but that wouldn't be as exciting. 

Competitive people can’t help being competitive just like lazy people can’t help being lazy. It’s simply in the blood. But for obvious (and unfortunate) culturally American reasons, teachers, parents and honest friends will berate you for being lazy, but wont for being overly competitive. That’s because competitive people tend to excel: top percentile grades, multiple extracurricular activities and popularized class rank are among some of the achievements of those who win at school.

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For the most part, yes. When it comes to picking a degree or figuring out the finances then your parents can be a huge help.

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The basics are the same—find a subject you like and excel at it, enjoy your social life but don’t get carried away, try to get a degree in four years—but some of what they tell you will only get your hopes up or stress you out. Here's what's changed. 

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Every school (and people's perceptions of them) are different. And sometimes people just flat out embellish (you know those people). 

They say that Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but they're wrong, it’s called Google.

Everything you need to know to be able to write a good research paper, bring relatable current news to your classroom, back up your arguments and lead a rewarding life you can be found through Google.

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The End of Winter Break...

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Now, you'll soon be going back to campus where you'll be asked to do the total opposite.

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If you’re down with all this and want to continue or start an epic tradition, then listen up, because there are still some things that can go way wrong.