December 23, 2015
More often than not, we find ourselves running around taking care of everything else but forgetting to take some time for ourselves. Skipping the gym, not getting enough sleep, cramming the first thing we see into our mouths. We have all been there. Luckily, there are many apps that can give us guidance, tips and help make time for ourselves and keep us healthy. Here are some health apps for your iPhone.
The 7 Minute Workout app is great for when you are short on time but still want to get in a workout. With 12 different exercises lasting 30 seconds each, you sweat session will be over before you know it. Each workout offers a video and text description and with its convenient voice prompts, you don’t have the inconvenience of checking to see what is coming up next because the voice prompt will tell you. You can check out their website for other features like syncing the app with Tickr X & Apple Watch.
When paired with the Wahoo Balance, Wahoo Wellness app conveniently tracks your weight and BMI right on your phone. It allows you to track and see your progress via Bluetooth. You can also share your data with other apps such as MyFitnessPal.
The Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker app helps you track everything from your calorie intake to your exercise, to how much water you are drinking. It has a large database where you can search nutritional information for just about everything and also allows you to input and save nutritional information from meals that you have created. You can also link up with your friends who are also using this app to help motivate each other and share your goals and achievements. They have many apps on their website along with an active community where you can discuss with like-minded.
If you find yourself having a hard time getting to sleep, or you toss and turn all night and then wake up feeling exhausted, the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app can help you get to the bottom of your sleeping troubles by tracking and monitoring your sleep patterns. It provides statistics and graphs to help you understand your sleeping habits as it tracks your sounds and movements during the night. If you are having a hard time settling down, the app can also provide insight on how much time you are taking to fall asleep along with your duration of light sleep & deep sleep. It has a variety of alarm settings to ensure you wake up at the right time depending on what sleep cycle you are in. You can check on their website on how this app works.
Whether you have just finished a hard workout, you are required to monitor your heart rate, or you are just curious, the Instant Heart Rate app is one of the simplest and accurate monitors out there. By simply pressing your index finger over the camera on your iPhone, the app can locate your heart rate in as quickly as 10 seconds, the same method that is being used in pulse oximeters. You can keep track of your readings and also share them on social media. They also have an easy-to-use slider on their website which gives you an idea of approximate heart rate according to age-&-activity.
Stress Check 2 app is similar to the Instant Heart Rate app where it uses the same technology to take your heart rate and compares it to common stressors. It provides you details and statistics on your stress levels and can ultimately help you pinpoint and minimize the unhealthy stress in your life.
7. Drink Right
Drink Right app helps to remind us when and how much water we need to be drinking. A large percentage of the populations don’t drink enough water during the day that can have a major impact on their overall health, such as a slower metabolism and slower brain function. This app will not only tell you when you are due for a cold glass of water, but it keeps track of your daily intake to make sure you are getting exactly the amount you need. Though they don’t have a website but you can check out their Facebook page if you have any question.
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