admin - February 27, 2013
App stores for smartphones are full of free health apps with tips, tricks, advice and tools to keep you on the move and informed about your health. This includes everything from diet and weight loss tools to symptom checkers to healthy, well-rounded recipe ideas.
Along with the Life Line Screening UK team, we’ve rounded up a list of the top five FREE health apps that are great for people over age 50.
App #1: MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just maintain a certain daily calorie intake, this app is sure to help. MyFitnessPal is easy to use and features a food diary, exercise tracker, calories and nutritional details of over 425,000 foods and more. You can also record your meals and workouts to make sure you’re sticking to the healthy diet you’ve pledged to keep.
App #2: Medscape
If you have symptoms and you don’t know what they mean, WebMD’s Medscape app can help answer your questions. This free app gives you access to over 3,500 illnesses and health conditions and their symptoms along with prescription bios, harmful medication interactions, and even the latest healthcare news.
App #3: Instant Heart Rate for Android and iOS
This free app is the perfect sidekick when you want to log your blood pressure. Without the need for any external hardware, this app tracks color changes in the light passing through a finger placed over the phone’s camera to detect your blood pressure.
App #4: Sleep Cycle Calculator
Getting proper amounts of quality sleep can keep you healthy in more ways than one. This app helps you to get the best possible sleep with it’s high-tech alarm that can be set to wake you during an optimal time in your sleep cycle so you get the ideal amount of sleep.
App #5: Stress Doctor
Along with sleep deprivation, stress can also negatively affect your health. With the Stress Doctor app, you can access a mix of breathing practices and modern technology to lower your stress and anxiety. The app uses a heart rate monitoring technology that turns your smartphone into a real-time biofeedback device.
If you have a smartphone and haven’t taken advantage of any free health apps, you’re missing out. Take advantage of the many tools available to you that can help make living a healthy, smart lifestyle easier. Try out some of the free health apps above, and tell us what you think of them on our Facebook page here.
Learn more about lifelong health from the professionals at Life Line Screening today.