Tap Into Health
The fast pace of today’s world brings with it many distractions and less time to relax. It’s easy to forget what your body needs. Luckily, the very same devices that sometimes act as distractions can also be used to promote healthy living.
These best apps of 2015 can help you track and improve your personal health metrics. The best part is that most of these can be used on the go — even if you’re going to sleep. Keep reading to learn more about the best handy apps for a healthier lifestyle.
Sleep Talk Recorder
If a person speaks in their sleep but there’s no one there to hear them, do they make a sound? Definitely. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 50 percent of children and 5 percent of adults talk in their sleep. If you’re one of them, there’s a way to find out what you’re saying. With Sleep Talk Recorder, you can keep track of what you or your child says during the night.
The app saves your recordings and places them on a timeline for easy navigation and playback. At best, you might find that you have decoded the Voynich manuscript in your sleep. At worst, you’ll have some hilarious audio to share with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
Amwell: Live Doctor Visit Now
The future is finally here, and any medical provider is available at your fingertips. Amwell: Live Doctor Visit Now lets you see a doctor via a video call anytime you and your family need medical consultation. Open the app, tap a few screens, pick a specialty and a provider, and get a face-to-face consultation you’d normally have to wait days or weeks for. Support your healthy lifestyle by seeing a doctor for an immediate need, or by setting health goals with specialists like nutritionists and dieticians. Use the code SEE4FREE to test out the service for free.
Do you suffer from occasional shoulder pain or headaches that come out of nowhere? Now there’s an app to track those times when you experience surprising symptoms. Symple lets you track up to 10 symptoms at once, take four photos per day, and record medications, exercise, and other factors that influence how you feel. Upgrading to SympleComplete allows you unlimited symptom tracking and photos, the ability to create daily journal entries, and graphs that track your progress over time among other additional features.
The app also has an easy export option, so once you’ve gathered enough information you can pass it along to your doctor to review. If you’re experiencing symptoms but don’t know why, try the Symple solution.
When you need reliable information about a certain medication, all you need to do is check your phone! For the ultimate guide in everything medication-related, check out the Drugs.com app.
Personalize your own drug list to keep track of what medications you’re taking and receive relevant medical information. Use the search tool to browse through the extensive drug database. You can also identify unknown pills by entering their imprint, shape, or color. Drugs.com is the leading online drug resource, so it’s no wonder this app is so useful.
Whole Foods Market
Recipe cards have gone digital! Whole Foods Market has an app that offers you access to its collection of more than 3,700 recipes. It features a search option to browse by course, cuisine, special diet, and more. Once you find some dishes you’d like to try at home, you can add the ingredients to your shopping list.
If you want to skip the trip to the store, you can use the on-hand search to find recipes that call for ingredients you already have in the kitchen. Stay on budget while experimenting with new tasty meals.
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. Find information on how to best respond to your child’s needs, whether it’s 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.
My Diet Coach
When you take on the challenge of a new weight loss plan, it’s easy to get discouraged at first. But what if you could install a little personal motivation right onto your device? With My Diet Coach, you’ll get just that.
Upload photos and notes that inspire you, reminders about what you want to eat and avoid, and weight loss and fitness goals. You can even keep a food and exercise journal, and receive virtual prizes when you meet your goals. My Diet Coach is like having your very own motivational speaker everywhere you go.
Lumosity is a training program designed by neurologists to work out your brain and improve your cognitive abilities. The Lumosity app uses a series of fun and challenging games to exercise different parts of your noggin. And, you can customize your experience and track your progress on your brain profile. Finally, games for your phone that actually make you smarter!
Many of us spend a lot of time sitting down — at home watching TV, on our laptops, at work. As a result, our bodies usually don’t get the exercise they need. With the Moves app, however, you can track the distance you travel by bicycle or foot each day.
Your journey will appear onscreen as a storyline, and the routes you’ve chosen to get from place to place will be highlighted on a map. Perhaps most importantly, the app tells you the steps you’ve taken and calories you’ve eaten, so you can chart your progress daily.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Do you wake up some mornings and wonder why you’re so drowsy after a good night’s sleep? It may be because you are in a deep sleep when your alarm goes off, which causes you to feel more tired when you wake. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock solves the problem by monitoring your movements as you sleep and waking you when you’re in your lightest sleep phase.
Don’t worry about oversleeping. The app comes with a customizable window of up to 90 minutes, so you’ll be sure to make it to work on time. The app also provides sleep statistics and graphs every morning, so you can easily track your cycles and make notes.
Here’s an app that takes the concept of a medical dictionary to a whole new level. iTriage not only allows you to search symptoms and find potential causes, it suggests treatments and finds qualified facilities and doctors in your area. If you’re having a medical emergency and need to head to the ER or urgent care, this app can provide average wait times.
It also includes numbers for emergency hotlines and doctor and nurse advice lines, so you can be connected easily to a real person who will give you feedback on your condition. All of this information can be saved on the app for your convenience.
When you need answers from a doctor, skip the waiting room and open HealthTap. Get your questions answered by over 68,000 real doctors in 137 specialties who contribute to discussions. This app has everything, from daily health tips to a doctor database.
The response to HealthTap has been extremely positive. The app has received positive reviews from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and it has been featured on Top 10 lists from CNN, CBS, and ABC. The best part? It’s free! So take a virtual trip to the doctor’s office and improve your health from home.
First Aid by American Red Cross
One of many helpful apps from the American Red Cross, this official, sponsored app provides information on the most common first aid emergencies. All the content, including videos, interactive quizzes and step-by-step guides, is preloaded, meaning you have access to the information with or without reception or an Internet connection.
Not only is there first aid information, but there are also safety tips for other emergencies, such as severe weather, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Accidents happen, why not be prepared with First Aid?
Need more motivation to hit the gym? With Pact, you earn money every time you work out. You set weekly goals, called Pacts, to exercise more or eat healthier. The app tracks your progress, and pays you for meeting each goal.
Pact can also connect with several other widely used fitness apps and accessories, including RunKeeper, Fitbit, MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal, and more. Keep those 2015 fitness goals going strong by making a Pact!
Eliminate the guilt of eating out on a diet! HealthyOut searches restaurants near you and filters their menu options by restrictions like low calorie, low carb, low fat, and high protein. You can also scan for restaurants that fit your dietary needs, such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten sensitive, paleo, and more.
HealthyOut also provides detailed nutrition information, like calorie counts, on your favorite dishes. And fear not, it won’t be all leafy greens if you use their most popular filter: Not A Salad!
Zipongo helps you manage your diet by creating week-by-week meal plans and providing countless healthy recipes tailored to your food preferences and allergy restrictions. Even better, it provides coupons and daily deals on health foods at local grocery stores to encourage you to change the way you shop.
Born from the work of a Boston Medical Center doctor in partnership with the nonprofit Fitness Forward, Zipongo hopes to give people of all income levels access to healthy eating and living choices.
Health Is on the Way
Never before has keeping track of your body been so easy and accessible. Download the apps you need and update or utilize them regularly to receive valuable insights into your health. Whether you need an exercise diary, sleep tracker, or recipes, your device is bound to offer an answer. Get the most out of your phone or tablet by downloading some of these helpful apps.
We selected these healthy living apps based on their potential to aid people in living a healthy lifestyle in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included: user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to healthy living and the healthy living community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make living a healthy life easier to do.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not imply warranty of fitness or endorse any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).