Cindy is a Certified Integrative Wellness Coach and Personal Trainer for
professional women. She has been helping women achieve their health and fitness
goals local and abroad for the past 15 years. For a free consultation,
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for you to share your app discoveries with me. Many companies are beginning to provide a health tracking
app for their employees as well that
includes team challenges, personal
health goals, and even the ability to
invite friends and family to join.
When searching for apps for
daily health and well-being, keep in
mind three main pillars of health to
find a balanced wellness program
that works for you: Nutrition/Diet,
Exercise, and Mental/Emotional/
Spiritual. Here is a list of a few of my
The Blender Girl Smoothies
($4.99). I love smoothies and they
can be a quick nutritious option for
the girl on the go; however, many
are packed with unwanted calories
and sugar. Each recipe has nutritional
information and options depending
on your individual nutritional needs
Yoga Studio (free). I’ve always
preferred weight lifting and cardio
but would love to enjoy the benefits
of yoga without going to a class. The
app has classes available depending on your fitness level and yoga
experience. As a bonus, it has guided
Five Minute Journal (free). This
has been a favorite of mine for a
long time. It encourages beginning
each day with gratitude and ending
each day with positive reflection.
There are many health benefits
to tracking your calories, exercise,
sleep, water intake; connecting with
friends and co-workers for a little
healthy e-competition and e-team
building; having a doctor and medical
information at your fingertips; and
even taking time for e-meditation.
However, there are health benefits
to disconnecting as well. A constant
state of digital connectedness can
have a negative impact on your
health and life.
In a study done by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture Nutrition Evidence Library on the relationship between screen time and
body weight of adults, they found
that more screen time is directly
linked to an increase in obesity and
other health-related concerns. It’s
not rocket science that the more
time we spend sitting and staring at
a screen, the less time we are being
active which further exacerbates
The light emitted from your
digital device has been proven to
increase cortisol and suppress the
body’s production of melatonin, the
chemical that causes deep sleep.
There are apps available to reduce
the impact of the blue light emitted.
However, it is best to have a digital
curfew to ensure a more restful
Many people complain of dry or
itchy eyes, headaches, and blurred vision after looking at a screen for too
long. But the lasting effects are even
more serious. Extended exposure to
blue light can cause permanent eye
damage. I highly recommend wearing glasses with blue light lenses to
protect your eyes.
Although technology is a great
way to keep in touch with friends
and family, it can also hinder the relationships that are right in front of us.
Make it a practice to put away digital
devices and spend intentional time
being present and engaged.
Health is a state of balance.
When kept in balance, technology
can be a tool that will empower you
to achieve a greater state of health