It should come as no surprise that health apps are very common features considering the fact that there are apps for anything nowadays. Whether you have an iPhone with iOS or an Android OS smartphone, you can probably find an app to help you do anything.
In an increasingly technology-oriented society where toddlers learn how to use an iPad faster than their parents, technology development companies such as Apple have realized the importance of offering a diverse choice of apps. When it comes to health apps, there certainly are plenty of options to choose from.
What Do Health Apps Offer?
You can get fitness apps designed to help you create a personalized workout session or choose a workout regimen that suits your goals. Other fitness apps can track your progress during a workout and let you know when you’re falling behind with the exercises. There even are apps that connect you to social media platforms with like-minded people that you can discuss your workouts and results with.
There are apps to track how much you walk and run during a day, nutrition planners that keep logs of your daily calorie intake, and even sleep cycle apps to monitor how much rest you are getting and to determine what your sleep patterns are. Health apps will even connect you with doctors and allow you to ask specific medical questions via text message.
As is the case with every type of app, some health apps are better than others and choosing the ones to use really depends on what you need. But, with the variety that is currently available, finding apps that actually help you stay in good health is definitely a matter of trial and error. Here are some interesting health apps that you should know about if you’re interested in adding some virtual tools to your smartphone.
This tracking app has been around since 2007 and it’s withstood the challenging competition from major names such as Apple and Google. MapMyFitness tracks the user’s physical activity and logs food that the user consumes on a daily basis. It has survived this long because of very positive user feedback regarding its tracking accuracy. It has an interface that is easy to operate and a simplistic display. The app can be downloaded for both iOS and Android and it is free.
Fitmo is a workout app that makes personal trainers more affordable and accessible. There are many workout apps that offer workout routines for users. Personal trainers, however, can be vital in helping us meet the fitness goals that we have established. Many people choose not to hire a professional trainer because of the expensive fees.
Fitmo charges users a fee of $40 each month and offers them access to personal training services. A personal trainer creates a fitness schedule for each user. The trainer then checks in with the user via text messages and calls to monitor the progress that is being made. The personal trainer also makes meal plan suggestions to help maximize the effects of the fitness routines implemented. The app costs $8.77/ month as is and it is available for iOS devices.
The MyFitnessPal app helps users count the calories they eat on a daily basis by logging the meals that they have had into the app. Users can search the app’s extensive brand name food database for nutritional information of the foods that they are eating. Users can also insert a recipe for the meal that they plan to cook into the app to estimate the calorie intake associated with a serving of that meal. The app also allows users to save favorite foods and to integrate them into meal plans when they want to enjoy them again. You can download the app for free on both Android and iOS devices.
The HealthTap app connects users with certified doctors that they can ask questions regarding their health. Users can text specific questions to doctors and visit healthy living forums where they can interact with others and discuss topics such as healthy eating and stress management. The app is free and can be installed on Android and iOS devices. If users pay a monthly membership fee of $99, they can connect with doctors via text messages or video calls to discuss in-depth medical issues and treatment plans. This allows them to receive a medical exam from the comfort of their own home.
Many people search for symptoms online when they start feeling a bit under the weather. Google, of course, can’t provide a reliable medical diagnosis, so if you’re feeling ill you should see a doctor. Two ER doctors realized that many patients decide to just search the web for explanations for their symptoms. The two doctors decided to provide a safer alternative to this habit and developed the iTriage and app that asks users a series of questions to try and determine their possible illness.
The app zeroes in on a few possible causes for the user’s symptoms and helps guide the user through a course of action. The app advises you to either get more rest, visit a doctor, or even go to the emergency room, depending on your answers to each question. The app is available for iOS and Android phones and it is free to download.
6. Zombies, Run! 3
This app is currently in its third version and it helps combine the fun of sci-fi video games with physical exercise. In this game, you have to escape the zombies that threaten to destroy the human race and save the world. The more you walk or run in real life, the more you are rewarded by the game in the virtual scenario. You earn supplies and tools to help you escape the zombie attack by running o walking.
The app tracks your physical activity and rewards you for each workout with prizes to help you win the game. The game costs $3.99 and you can download it on iOS or Android devices. It’s one of those health apps that are a lot of fun to play and that motivate you to push yourself through every workout. The app currently has more than a million users and it’s still growing in popularity.