Studying is not the only activity you'll be getting up to at university, as you'll be wanting to stay active and healthy too.
It can become extremely tempting to get that kebab after every night out partying, or to have a pizza every evening because it is an easy meal. You may even end the first year with the realisation that you have put on a lot of weight or that you are not as fit as you once were in your school days.
However this doesn't have to be you, as there are many apps available to help you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle during and even after your university years.
If you find yourself wanting to clamp down on those calories, you'll want to download MyFitnessPal. This app allows you to track everything you eat and drink you consume from a huge online catalogue, and tracking them down can be just as simple as scanning the barcode on your wrappers. You can also set yourself nutrition and calorie goals, so you can make sure you are eating and balancing the right foods in your diet. Just don't get too shocked when you start adding in your alcohol from the night before, and seeing your calorie count spiral up!
Is it your turn to cook up the flat meal? When you're struggling to find a tasty meal or a healthy dish to prepare and eat, Yummly should be the app to download. Acting as a cross between a virtual cookbook and Instagram, Yummly gives you a variety of meal ideas with big bright pictures to scroll through, and each meal is divided into 3 easy to use sections; calories, nutrition, and directions to cook. It even allows you to search and sort recipes using a large variety of filters, so if you’re short of time or have special dietary requirements then you will find something to your liking.
Change 4 Life Smart Recipes
Another good choice to help you stay away from another bowl of pasta is Change 4 Life Smart Recipes. The app is fairly simple, but it does let you choose a meal category from breakfast/lunch/dinner/puddings and then provide many healthy meal ideas and recipes for you to use. There is also a vegetarian button included, and what’s more you can automatically generate a shopping list from the ingredients you need from the meals you select. – very helpful for preparing the required ingredients to make the meal you want.
Probably one of the most important parts of keeping fit is making sure you do enough exercise every day, and what better way to do this than having your phone or smartwatch keeping log of your movement for you? There are a variety of options available, but one of the more convenient options is Google Fit, providing that you are using an android device. Fit tracks your walking, jogging, running and cycling, and notifies you when you hit your daily exercise goal. It also has data tracking so you can input your weight and view your history of exercise stats in graph form too.
Download Google Fit: Google Play
For more intense exercises such as jogs and cycling, a more advanced workout tracker is essential to log calories, distance covered and more. For that purpose, you could benefit from downloading Runtastic. An early morning jog and this app could be the right thing to get you active and alert for lectures during your studies.