No need to pay for trainer, nutritionist

(Saving with 6abc - Amy Buckman)

January 2, 2012 8:50:01 PM PST
If your New Year's resolutions include exercising more or improving your diet, there's no need to pay for a gym membership or hire a nutritionist.

If you have a computer or Smartphone, there are plenty of free websites and apps that can help you stick to your goals.

Lou Perseghin has been using a free app called Daily Challenge for a year.

He explains how it works. "I get an email every day at 7:00 a.m. and there's all different sorts of things. It's either something about eating or a small exercise that you do, something to focus on throughout the day. It's a small action that you can take every day or that specific day to help balance yourself."

Daily Challenge promotes overall health, fitness and emotional well-being. During the past year, Perseghin's started doing stress-relieving exercises at his computer, adding skim milk instead of cream to his coffee, even calling friends he hasn't spoken to for a while.

But Daily Challenge isn't the only free app to help you with your health and fitness resolutions. Munch 5-a-daykeeps track of how well you're doing adding fruits and vegetables to your diet.

Every Drink helps you increase your water consumption.

And apps like Runkeeper and Cardio-trainer help you log how much you've run.

For dieters, Fooducate and the Weight Watchers app both read the bar codes on food items and let you know whether to eat them or substitute something healthier.

And many of these apps include an online community, in which members encourage each other to stick with the program.

Perseghin says, "If you stick with it and you do something, you'll find that you actually do something that you're challenged to do."

To find more free health, diet and fitness apps, search for them in iTunes or the Android Market.