My Favorite Apps for Healthier Holidays

Happy Fall, y’all! My favorite season is officially here, and that means the holidays are on the way. There are just 5 weeks left until turkey day, and only a few short Saturdays before we start decking the halls.

The holidays bring lots of family, friends, and food. From Halloween candy to your auntie’s sweet potato pie, there’s temptation around every corner–especially when you’re trying to eat right! On average, Americans gain an extra pound during the holidays. With all of the high calorie goodies around through the end of the year, it’s important to stay on top of our health.


This season, I’m starting my holiday fitness plan early. Most of us start planning to get our health on track as a New Year’s resolution–but it’s never too early to start feeling your best. Before trick or treating starts, here’s how I plan to stay well this season.

(1) Tracking my heart rate and exercise with Fitbit.

DaddyVents bought me a Charge2 for our anniversary last year, and I’ve been using it ever since. Fitbit motivates you to reach your health and fitness goals by tracking your activity, exercise, sleep, weight, and more. I try to get in at least 8,000 steps each day–until I can make my way up to 10,000, it’s an attainable goal. My Charge2 even lets me know the times I’ve spent tossing and turning at night, thinking about the cookies hidden in the kitchen cabinets.

(2) Keeping my sugar and carbohydrates in check.

During each of my pregnancies with the 2Live Crew, I dealt with gestational diabetes. Due to my condition, I had to test my blood sugar 4 times a day and give myself insulin injections twice a day. Although I’m no longer considered a diabetic, it’s important for me to monitor the amount of sugar and carbs in the food I eat. MyFitnessPal’s free calorie counter is an easy and fast way to keep track of everything I eat. With over 5 million foods in their database, MyFitnessPal helps me stay committed to eating right.

(3) Checking my vision with Warby Parker.

I started wearing glasses in 2nd grade. After years of thick frames and contact lenses, I got laser eye surgery in 2007. Since then, my eye health hasn’t been as much of a priority for me–but with Warby Parker’s new Prescription Check app, that’s going to change. Prescription Check is a mobile refraction app that allows an eye doctor to assess your vision and update your prescription. Answer a few questions, take some tests to figure out how you’re seeing, and a doctor will review your results. Within two days, you’ll get an updated prescription that you can use anywhere, or a recommendation for a more comprehensive eye exam–all from your phone.

(4) Daily inspiration from Our Daily Bread.

I’ve been reading up on the morning routines of some of the world’s most successful people, and almost all of them begin their days with something inspirational. Before jumping on Facebook or Instagram and getting sucked in, I start my mornings with a short bible study from the Our Daily Bread app. I like to sit with a hot cup of coffee or green tea, meditate on the message on the screen, and then focus on getting ready for what the day will bring. I also make time to jot down affirmations, goals, or thoughts in my journal.

(5) Weekly workouts with Class Pass.

While I can exercise at home, it’s  definitely more fun with friends. Class Pass’ monthly membership makes it easy to check out new ways to get healthy. Each month, you can choose from a number of studios to add variety to your workouts. I’ve tried aerial yoga, a ballet inspired class, boxing, and more–all for one set monthly fee.

I’m starting my holiday fitness plan now, while candy corn is still on the shelves. How do you stay your best during the holidays?

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Tiffani is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, co-creator of The Mommy Conference, and co-founder of the digital collective Sisterhued. Her writing and parenting tips have been seen on The Washington Post, Mommy Noire, Yahoo Parenting, and Fit Pregnancy.
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