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Our Top 5 Picks for Health Apps!

You probably already use your smartphone for booking rides, checking the weather or keeping an eye on bank statements. We’ve already changed the way we do so many other menial tasks by making them easier, quicker and more efficient. Yet many of us do not realise that we can achieve the same results in our aim to live healthier lifestyles.

We’ve narrowed down the best and most popular health related apps on both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. (They are all free but some have the option to go premium).

For Counting Calories:

Men need roughly 2,500kcal per day to maintain their weight. For women, that figure is around 2,000kcal. Being obese or overweight increases the likelihood of developing coronary heart disease.

Research shows that those who keep food journals are more likely to achieve weight loss. Calorie counter apps not only track how much you eat, they also take into account your daily nutritional intake. All you have to do is scan the barcode or manually search your chosen food in their database.

MyFitnessPal

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/calorie-counter-diet-tracker-by-myfitnesspal/id341232718?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.myfitnesspal.android&hl=en_GB

For Exercise

Regular exercise is key to maintaining a strong and healthy heart. It significantly reduces your risk of developing heart disease and increases blood flow (mitigating likelihood of a heart attack). Physical activity also helps you control your weight as it burns through those calories.

We are recommended at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.

There are lots of different exercises; hence there are various kinds of fitness apps. We’ve found one that covers all the bases (warmups, workouts, runs etc.). It also monitors your performance as well as tracks your progress.

 

Fitbit

 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/fitbit/id462638897?mt=8

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitbit.FitbitMobile&hl=en_GB

For Water Intake

Working out causes your body to lose water through both breath and sweat. Becoming somewhat dehydrated severely decreases your performance. Furthermore, keeping hydrated makes it easier for your heart to pump blood through the vessels to your muscles. It is recommended that you drink 6-8 glasses of water a day (1.2 litres).

My Water Balance

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/my-water-balance-daily-drink-tracker-reminder/id964748094?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.victorsharov.mywaterapp&hl=en_GB

For Sleep

Research shows that short sleepers increase their risk of developing or dying from coronary heart disease by 48% (in a 7 – 25 year follow-up period). However, long sleepers also increase their chances by 38%. Therefore, it is important that we all get an adequate amount of shut-eye every night (8 hours is recommended for adults).

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sleep-cycle-alarm-clock/id320606217?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.northcube.sleepcycle&hl=en_GB

For Relaxation

Although stress on its own does not present a direct risk of cardiovascular disease, it can nevertheless be a contributing factor. Different people find different ways of relieving stress. One of the most popular ways is through exercise. Another method of letting go of stress is through meditation (resting the mind and altering your state of consciousness).    

Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/headspace-guided-meditation-and-mindfulness/id493145008?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.getsomeheadspace.android&hl=en_GB

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4 Comments

  1. May 31, 2017
    Reply

    Is there any Android app to check blood sugar level for diabetes patients?

    • ehsenshah
      June 12, 2017
      Reply

      Try to look at My diabetes My way.

  2. June 25, 2017
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    It’s really a great and useful piece of information. I am glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

    • ehsenshah
      June 26, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you! We are glad you are enjoying it!

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