11th Nov 2014
People are worried about their health more than ever and there is a ever increasing number of fitness freaks. In an age when most of the problems are caused due to the irregular lifestyle, it is these apps that help one to stay fit and keep an eye on what they eat and their lifestyle.
In a way the smartphone has proved to be a blessing in disguise as it has opened up doors for numerous opportunities, through which one can stay fit and healthy. On lot of occassions they go beyond their basic job of just providing you with the numbers and will keep you motivated enough to continue the goodwork.
1) Pocket First Aid & CPR
This app is a real lifesaver. Pocket First Aid & CPR is an easy-to-use emergency guide that includes information on First Aid Basics, CPR, automated external defibrillators (AED), and medical, injury, and environmental emergencies. Rest assured, all content is provided by the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization. You may not need to use Pocket First Aid everyday, but when you do need it, you’ll sure be glad you have it.
2) NHS Choices Drinks Tracker
Does what it says. You enter what you drink and it calculates this into units of alcohol. It helps track how much one is drinking and gives free personalised feedback. I strongly recommend it. Using it often leads to reducing consumption – as the harsh reality of how much one drinks is brought home. Another app I'd recommend is Drink Coach.
3) Instant Heart Rate Monitor
A bit of fun – but not sure what actual use this one might have. However, for those fitness addicts who need instant affirmation of their fitness, this app is for you. Just touching the camera lens with your finger gives you your pulse rate.
4) The WalkGame
A fitness tracker that gamifies walking. You're told a bomb has exploded at Inverness station and you have to transport a package the length of the UK by foot to save the world. The app is being evaluated by King's College London to see its effectiveness in increasing walking in patients with rheumatoid problems. Anything that gets people walking – given the obesity epidemic we face, must be a good thing.
5) Sleep Cycle
This app monitors sleep pattern, tells you how long you are in deep sleep and how long in light sleep. It tells you how many hours you actually are asleep – which is a lot longer than many patients think, and it wakes you up in the lightest phase of sleep so you can start the day feeling relaxed and rested.
Have you ever wished that your child came with an operating manual? Rest assured, you’re not alone. The KidsDoc app is the modern response to parents’ cry for help. Choose from 99 symptoms and find information on how to best respond to your child’s needs, be it a bloody nose or a bee sting.
This trusty app’s advice comes from the clinical protocols used by pediatricians and nurses in 10,000 practices and 400 nurse call centers in the United States and Canada. Up your parenting game with the KidsDoc app.
7. Diabetes Risk Checker
Developed by UK doctors and academics, this app works out your risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years by asking you a series of simple questions. Being able to predict if you are risk of diabetes should lead to a change in behaviour.
Sliders allows you to track how you feel about your wellbeing, energy levels, sleep etc, using questions you can set yourself and simple sliders to input the answers. It then creates graphs that give you some insight into your highs and lows.
9. Phobia Free
This app aims to cure users of arachnophobia. It uses "'systematic desensitisation" – mainlyshowing sufferers a series of picture of spiders, from drawings to an interactive tarantula. Created with the help of a psychiatrist, the app has recently been approved by the NHS.
10. Headache Diary Pro
Enables you to track your headaches: when they start and end, how severe they are, which area of the head you feel them and which medication you take. This can help build up a picture of what triggers them and how you might change your behaviour to reduce them. This app is recommended by the NHS – its Health Apps Library is also a good place when looking for medical apps.
Ten useful health apps
In an age of increased awareness about fitness, these apps would help you to stay fit.
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