In the last four years smart phones have not only changed the way we use our cell phones, but are now beginning to change the way we improve our health. Now, it doesn’t even matter if you are a raving iPhone fan or a loyal Android user. Both providers offer many of the same services.
Nearly every health field has a software application (referred to as an app) designed to inform users about their health status. Do you have a chronic health condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol? There’s an app for that! Do you want to lose 30 pounds, train for a marathon, or design a healthy eating plan for the week? There’s an app for that! How about quit smoking, managing depression, or to become more mindful about your health and wellness? Yes, there are apps for that, too!
Literally millions of people use apps everyday to help improve their health and well-being. And the good news is that the best is yet to come. As the months and years have gone by, developers are continuing to improve apps to make them easier for customers to use.
So, what’s your favorite app and what do you like most about using it?
Take a look at some of the free ones that we like:
|Epicurious||All Recipes Dinner Spinner|
|Search recipes by category, name, or by a specific ingredient – great for when you are trying something new from the farmer’s market! Generates a shopping list based on recipes you choose. Free but ad-supported.||Shares recipes from AllRecipes.com’s community contributions, searchable by dish, ingredient, or time to prepare. Also provides a random option by shaking your phone.|
|Lose It!||Calorie Counter – My Fitness Pal|
|Provides a calculator for determining a reasonable weight-loss target, and offers food logging, with many supermarket and restaurant menu options pre-loaded. Recommended by Dr. Ray King!||Features a food database of over 750,000 options and exercise logging. Can read barcodes for more precise data entry.|
|Logs stairs climbed, and records your steps against monuments such as the Statue of Liberty, Big Ben, and Eiffel Tower. Results can be shared on Facebook to challenge your friends!||Tracks indoor and outdoor activities through GPS, provides audio feedback on your progress during a workout, and can track a workout schedule with reminders to help maintain a routine.|
|Nike Training Club||Quit Now!|
|Provides over 60 instructional videos for 15, 30 and 45 minute workouts for overall or targeted muscle toning, cardio and strength building, for skill level from beginner to advanced. Many require no additional equipment.||If you are looking for help on the journey to being tobacco-free, this app provides daily reminders and motivation. It also logs the money saved and health aspects you are improving by not smoking.|