Smartphones have become part of us, like an extension of ourselves. They are always within reach at all times. As of 2019, there were 2.71 billion smartphone users, which is almost 30% of the world population that is using a smartphone at any given time. To capitalize on the great amount of time people spend using phones, many apps have been developed to make life much easier, health apps taking the biggest chunk.
Health apps have become integral in today’s world, where people rarely dedicate time for healthy living or time for exercise or proper dieting. People now rely on apps to maintain a semblance of a healthy lifestyle. The following are some of the most impactful mobile health apps.
BP Secretary is a mobile health app developed by Raycome for managing blood pressure. The app works in conjunction with an advanced blood pressure monitor called the PulseWave. With access to cloud storage, the app can be used to link with the monitor, storing all the data for access at any time. You can even share the data with your doctor by a simple swipe.
The app displays data in a very friendly user interface that is easy to decipher. For a more detailed look at how the app works, visit raycome.com and check out all the compatible blood pressure monitors available.
Endomondo is a workout app that has been around for quite a while. Available for both IOS and Android, the still popular app helps users keep track of their physical fitness. Whether you are taking part in running, cycling, or walking, the app records all the physiological processes that your body undergoes as you workout.
The app comes with a virtual assistant that takes you through the various exercise routines. At the same time, you can set up little fitness contests with your friends through the app.
Fooducate is an app that helps people regulate what they eat for them to attain a perfectly fit body. The app has an inbuilt scanner you can use on barcodes to see all the nutritional values packed inside that particular product. The user interface is very friendly, displaying the information in a way that is easy to read. With this app in tow, you can be able to make healthier choices straight from the store. It is a free app available for both Android and IOS.
Couch to 5K
This cleverly named app is running mobile software that people use to do quick runs anywhere with enough space. Running is a tedious activity for many people; it takes every inch of their body to make the decision to leave the house for a simple jog. Couch to 5K makes that easier by giving you easy targets like covering a mile around the house straight from your couch.
It comes equipped with four virtual coaches that motivate the user, recording the progress over time that can be accessed at any time. The app is available for IOS and Android.
Insomnia is a serious condition that affects about 70 million Americans. Stress, unhealthy dietary habits, mental issues are some of the underlying causes of insomnia. In a bid to help deal with it, several apps have been developed to help ease the burden in people.
Sleep Cycle is up there among the best. It has tracking features that keep tabs on the time you go to bed, the duration of your sleep, and the number of times you wake in the night. The app is free and is available for Android and IOS.
Yoga Studio is an IOS only app that helps people who are into yoga to conduct their exercise anywhere at any time. It comes equipped with over 180 yoga classes that can be streamed in HD formats. The classes range for between 5 to 60 minutes and cover almost all yoga positions. It also comes with a library of over 280 yoga poses, varied music tracks, and an integrated health feature that takes note of the calories burned in every session.
Peace of mind affects everything else. The brain is the main engine that controls the rest of the body; if it is not in the right state, then everything else crumbles. Headspace is an app that focuses on meditation and comes with hundreds of guided meditation sessions that are based on exercise, focus, and sleep. The app is not cheap though, a monthly subscription can set you back about $13, and it used by several celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow.
For women, menstrual health is crucial, and keeping track of their periods is everything any woman could wish for. The Flo app does more than just tracking periods; it is also an educational app that provides all the necessary information that there is about ovulation. It also offers other features like pregnancy calculator, ovulation calculator, and periodic reminders for those on family planning pills. The app is available for both IOS and Android.
My Possible Self
My Possible Self is a clinically validated app that is used to monitor and reduce stress, anxiety, and low moods in people. The app works through a series of self-assessment questionnaires that help the app to understand your state of mind better. It has a mood tracking feature that has been developed by some of the best psychologists in the world. The app is available for both Android and IOS.
The efficacy of most of these apps has already been proven. Health apps have helped people in so many ways; the lack of proper documentation does not do them any justice. More apps are being developed every day. However, caution is advised since there are alot of apps that are only out to make money. Ensure that the apps are clinically approved before using them.