5 Apps You Should Download

5 Apps You Should Download

Whether you want to admit it or not, we live in world where technology is very much part of our lives.

My mantra with technology is that you are in complete control of it. You have the power to turn on and turn off your phone. You have the power to put your phone hidden away from sight while working. You have the power to spend 10,000+ hours on Instagram and Facebook. On that same note, you have the power to make your phone as a tool rather than as a distraction.

Currently, (as you can probably tell from the sporadic posts over here on Avolicious) I’ve running around like a mad woman. However, some of these iPhone apps keep me sane and healthy when I frankly don’t have time to care about health or sanity when my to-do list is a million miles long.

Here are my top five apps that I can’t get enough of and some that I think are essential

 

1. iNotes//

I use this app so much and I truly appreciate all the improvements Apple has made to the iNote app for every single iOS launch. I use iNotes for my to-do list/schedule as well as my food journal.

As a Type-A person and someone who has to do a lot of things, be at a lot of places, and remember a gazillion more things, I rely on an hour-by-hour schedule to keep me on track. I usually create this schedule right before I go to bed in preparation for the next day. I can definitely do a separate post about how I create my schedule because there is nothing worse than knowing that you’ve ruined your schedule by getting behind.

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I’ve also shifted away from MyFitnessPal toward using a food journal. One of my main reasons from deleting MyFitnessPal was that the app objectives food. Whether it’s an avocado or a bag of chips, they are both 200 calories. MyFitnessPal also doesn’t account for your feelings – whether you’ve been happy all day surrounded with loving family and friends or that you’ve been discouraged by a series of bad grades or meetings. With the food journal on the other hand, food has become much more personal. Let me know in the comments if you like to see a separate post on this! I could spend days talking about the importance of having an holistic approach to food rather than a caloric one.

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*I meant “You are EATING way too much” at the very bottom*

 

2. Prescription Check by Warby Parker// 

This summer was quite a whirlwind for me in terms of eye sight. My left and right eyes are completely opposites in the sense that my left eye has horrible prescription while my right eye has near perfect vision. I kind of lived with these eyes with the occasional head aches here and there, but I managed to survive.  However, this summer, I got severe migraines, almost three every day.

Upon going to the eye doctor, I realized that my reading glass dosage was way off and that I should get contacts. After learning this summer that taking care of my eyes is super important, I was so excited when I found out Warby Parker’s new app allows an eye doctor to assess your vision and provide an updated glasses prescription.

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It’s literally like you’re talking to an eye doctor! The replies come back very quickly!

Check out this link to see an intro video for the app: https://www.warbyparker.com/prescription-check-app

 

3. Flo/

This is by far one of the best period tracking apps on the app store. When I first started my period, I had really irregular cycles so I needed an app that both logged dates but logged other factors like mood swings, increase in appetite, the hours of sleep I’ve been getting, any headaches and acne appearances. I love how the app looks at your period as a holistic process rather than simply the number of days you have your period.

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4. Minimalist// 

This is great productivity app. It follows the Pomodoro Method (25 min work and 5 min work cycle) and motivates you to stop reaching for your phone.

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Whenever you reach for your phone while in your work session, it vibrates and pauses the timer until you set your phone down again. I recommended this app to Serena during our exam week last spring and she is hooked on it as well!

5. Apple Health App// 

I’ve been using this health app since it first came out. I can never justify myself in buying a FitBit or wearable tracker so I resort to my phone instead. Besides, I have my phone with me pretty much 24/7, so the data on the health app is a pretty accurate representation.

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What are some of your favorite apps?

xoxo,

Stephanie

Essentials for a Great Workout Routine

Essentials for a Great Workout Routine

It’s finally spring weather! After a super cold and dreary winter season, it’s so nice to sit on the porch with the sun shining and wind billowing. And of course, spring means that there is absolutely NO excuse to exercise! As much as I love working out and breaking a sweat, it’s definitely hard in the winter with the weather and just the ole winter blues.

With spring season and summer right around the corner, I wanted to share a few of my essentials for a killer workout routine.

1) Aaptiv

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Aaptiv is one of my newest discoveries, but quickly becoming my favorite and most crucial to have an amazing workout session. Warning: this is not a regular fitness app. The app provides motivation and guidance right from your headphones. For instance, when I do a treadmill workout, throughout the whole run, the trainers (one of my favorites being Rochelle) are continually motivating and cheering you on. The trainers are all super inspiring and their pumped-up voices are literally what makes me go that extra mile or push harder. Rather than my voice telling me that I should stop, go slower, or take a break, Rochelle’s voice shatters those doubtful thoughts. For those who are lacking in the motivation department, especially when you’re in the midst of the workout, give Aaptiv a try! (They provide a free 7-day trial. I’m sure you’ll be hooked on it after the 7 days, haha). If you check out their website and scroll down, you can hear a sample workout.

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^ Go to the website link and find this button to hear a sample workout!

2) Hydroflask Waterbottle

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I have this one in purple and LOOOVE it

Now, this isn’t just any water bottle. It has to be a Hydroflask. Oh my goodness, I can’t express how much I love my Hydroflask. On those hot and boiling days, opening my Hydroflask and sipping on ice-cold water is THE BEST FEELING. Even if I filled it up in the morning, my water stays cold even when I finish a workout late at night. (I believe that it insulates cold water for 24-hours and hot water for 12-hours). I highly recommend investing in a great insulating water bottle – it will change the way you drink water. (I’ve seen other popular insulating water bottles like S’well)

 

3) Scheduling

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Any bullet journal fanatics around here?

Out of all the essentials here, I believe that number three is the most important. Scheduling and carving out time to workout is key. For me especially, I am a busy-bee and have a million and one things to do in the weekday (and weekend sadly). So unless I schedule and write down that I’m going to workout, chances are, I’m not. And the workouts don’t have to be long at all. Even 20 minutes each day will make you feel much more energized and fit! In the app I was talking about previously, there is a filter where you can filter workouts depending on their duration, a feature I love and use a lot. If I only time to squeeze in a short workout I filter the time to 20 minutes and I can pick and choose which workouts I want to do within the 20 minutes. If I have more time, I would choose like a 45-min or even an hour long piece. TIP: Make sure that when you schedule your workout session, you create buffer time before and after the session. Usually I have a 5-min buffer before and a 10-min buffer after so that I have time to change, head to the gym, and take a break if needed.

 

4) Be realistic

Don’t overdo yourself. Make sure that your workout routine is sustainable. There are very low chances that you will continue a workout session if every time it is miserable and you hate it. In fact, for around 3 weeks, I’ve been routinely walking 10,000 steps daily. And while it took some modifications to get to that quota, the changes weren’t so drastic that I’ve been able to do it everyday. Making manageable changes are key to continue your workout session. In addition to manageable changes, it’s important to make sure you’re enjoying the workout. For me, I love running, taking long walks, golfing, or doing yoga, so I get to be happy while I’m burning calories – a win-win! I think Aaptiv does a great job with this (have I mentioned how much I love Aaptiv?!). The trainers are super motivating and after the end of each workout, I feel so rejuvenated and energized. The trainers at Aaptiv are what allows me to come back to the app each time for another workout.

 

What are your workout essentials?

xoxo,

Stephanie