We love our cell phones. A lot. They do pretty much everything nowadays. They take pictures, shoot video, play music, help us pass time with games, serve as an alarm clock, send us meeting reminder and about a thousand other things.
With the rapidly expanding universe of mobile health applications, what phone can also do is help us get healthier. The current landscape is full of inspiring examples of how technology is changing the most fundamental aspects of how we keep track of our own health, how we approach diagnostics, treatment (It’s pretty exciting, if not a little frightening).
Statistically, 17% of mobile phone users are using their devices to look up health and medical information, and more than 200 million health apps have been downloaded.
Sure, mobile apps allow us to fling exploding birds at green pigs, but they also help us run faster, get stronger, eat smarter and connect with people around the globe. From the wide world of health-fitness-diet apps, I have listed few of my personal favourite apps.
My Diet Coach
One of the hardest parts of dieting is finding the motivation and to keep going when things get hard. My Diet Coach App is designed to be your cheerleader and well-wisher rather than a calorie counter. So if you got a food craving (don’t visualise my angry-dont-eat-that-face), give yourself the food craving 15, in which a stopwatch times you for 15 minutes. Wait 15 minutes and see if you’re really still craving that food.
This isn’t an all-in-one diet app; you can’t track your exercise, weight or your food. However this one’s all about motivation
If your phone is always on your back pocket or your hand, you can let it help you live a healthier life. The Moves App works as a pedometer while you walk, run, or cycle. It’s a great way to create accountability for yourself. Whether I am at work or in the kitchen, the app makes sure I reach my goal of 10,000 steps a day.
When it comes to health and fitness tracking, I personally love this app. It allows users to record meals, water consumption, physical activity and share your progress and weight chart by inviting friends. A wide range of foods are listed to select from (even Indian foods such as sarson ka saag) are present. I use the chart function with my clients where they share their diet diaries and their progress from anywhere in the world.
The new buzz word. We know we should be eating them, but they are mushrooming at a speed faster than mushrooms. Queation rises on how much to eat and how to incorporate them into our diet? The answer to this is this handy app. There are series of mini articles and a guide to all the individual superfoods and their specific benefits.
Tarla Dalal Recipes
If you need a recipe dictionary for healthy Indian preparations, Tarla dalal Recipe app is for you. It’s like a brilliant free cookbook, which gives you complete nutritional information. It’s an encyclopaedia with options for every dietary requirement, from acidity to diabetes and various Indian & international cuisines. I particularly like the convenient browsing from cuisines, ingredients and meal course. Through frequent updates and hundreds of recipes, with this app, you may not need another cookbook.
Nike Training Cub
You really can ‘just do it’ with these fast, flexible workouts ranging from 15 to 45 minutes. It includes audio guidance and video demos from top Nike trainers. You can workout anytime anywhere. If you have your phone in your hand you can never find a reason to skip your workout.
Instant Heart Rate App
Instant Heart Rate is the most accurate Heart Rate Monitor app which does not need any external hardware. A finger touch and you can get an accurate resting and maximum heart rate. Those working ouT with hearth rate goals (like me) use it for optimizing your exercise.
These are few of my favourite apps. It’s safe to say most of us would be lost without our smart phones. Our phones help us organize our lives. But perhaps the most important thing our phones can do for us is help us get in shape