Seven apps to transform your life

Losing weight, moving more or drinking less — whatever your fitness or health goal, there’s probably an app for it

Benenden


One You: Couch to 5K app

If you want to start running but don’t know where to begin, this app offers step-by-step instructions for getting off the sofa to clocking up the kilometres in nine weeks. With celebrity trainers and progress trackers, it also includes tips, advice and case studies of success stories. (Remember to check with your GP before you start if you haven’t exercised for a while.)

Change4Life Sugar Smart
With this app you can scan barcodes while out shopping to find out how much sugar each item of food and drink contains. The app aims to help people make healthy swaps to reduce sugar intake — and hence cut down on empty calories.

Change4Life Smart Recipes

Also focused on healthy eating, this app suggests easy-to-cook, calorie-counted ideas for breakfast, lunch or your evening meal. Plan ahead by clicking on recipes and you can create well-organised shopping lists as you go. 


Moves

This pedometer and movement tracker calculates the steps or distance that you walk, run or cycle — as well as calories burned, if you wish. Simple to use, Moves keeps a weekly and monthly record of your movements (including where you’ve been), helping you to challenge yourself to increase your daily exercise.

MyFitnessPal

This multi-focus app has an extensive database of food and drink so you can track your intake, and monitor your exercise. Some users are evangelical about its benefits for weight-loss support although the free version means putting up with lots of adverts.

One You: Drinks Tracker
Does what it says on the tin, helping you record how much alcohol you’re drinking (as long as you remember to tally as you go). If you’re honest about glass size and quantity, it can add up how much you’re spending, provide tips and advice, and can let you know how large or risky your intake is.

NHS Smokefree
Although only 19 per cent of UK adults are now smokers — down from 46 per cent in 1974 — in 2014/5 there were around 475,000 admissions to hospital for smoking-related illnesses. The NHS Smokefree app is a great support to giving up. Backed by a website, it gives motivational tips, distractions and meditations to alleviate cravings, plus a progress tracker.

All apps are available via the Apple app store and Google Play.

To find out more about Benenden health care, services and the health assessments visit http://www.benenden.co.uk.


  • Jeff

    Gated Communities

    Gated communities are taking on an important role in modern politics. Donald Trump grew up in a gated community, and made his fortune building gated communities that illegally exclude African-Americans. Trump’s approach is not based on ideology, but on consumer demand, and in particular, the demand of the working class to live in a place where there are no minority groups, criminals, wierdos or politically correct (Catholic educated) people.

    A gated community has a number of characteristics. There is ideally a six metre high concrete wall to keep out intruders. When the wall surrounds a very large number of houses, the average cost of the wall becomes insignificant. Getting past the security guards is like going through customs. Hence there is no crime in a gated community, and children can roam unsupervised in complete safety. Parents can be sure their daughters will not encounter males that would be unsuitable sons-in-law.

    Allotments are typically quarter-acre or five acres (one-tenth or two hectares). Houses are fireproof and of a similar appearance. Services are provided by underground ducts, including pneumatic mail delivery. Television and internet are unobtrusively censored.

    There is a shopping centre with a supermarket and other key shops. Prices are controlled to prevent gouging. There is a club for men and older boys from which women are excluded. On the top of the shopping centre is a hospital and old people’s home overlooking a race track and playing fields.

    There is a non-denomination church, which has leather sofas instead of pews, and wallpaper with pictures of saints like in an eastern orthodox church. The priest is a family man employed by the management committee. There is a co-educational school, so that if children conceive a passionate desire for a classmate, it will be someone of the opposite gender. The school has international baccalaureate and no homework.

    Once people move into a gated community, it occurs to them that, instead of their having to move into a gated community, it would be better if the “undesirables” were forced to live in ghettos, or were kicked out of the country altogether. No doubt this is what Donald Trump has in mind. The Conservative Party should take on board this trend in modern living and become the party for people who live or would like to live in gated communities. ek