WARNING: You’re Playing With Fire By Not Using These Top Health Apps
Most of us barely have time to down a cup of coffee before we dash out the door.
We’re so busy that it’s a wonder why we are one of the unhealthiest nations in the Western world. But combine our busy schedules with caring for specific health issues, and it’s not surprising that we lack time for important fitness activities. A thorough health tracker app can do more than just help us improve physical fitness. It can take the hassle out of tracking blood sugar, heart rate, doctor’s appointments and even prescription prices, so we have time to get healthy again.
Here are 6 health apps that can help us do just that.
Top 6 Mobile Health Apps Right Now
6. Blink Health App
If prescription drugs are a necessity in your daily health routine, you know how expensive it can get.The Blink Health App helps us save up to 95% on prescription costs by allowing patients to purchase their medicine before they pick it up at the pharmacy for Blink’s pre-negotiated prices.
The app covers over 15,000 medications, so if insurance doesn’t cover a specific medicine, chances are it’s in the Blink system. Sometimes Blink’s prices are even lower than an insurance plan’s co-pay. It can also save bundles if deductibles are high. P.S., if you sign up at their site, you’ll get $5 off your first purchase with Blink.
5. LG Health App
The LG Health App is strictly a basic fitness app that helps us track our workouts, weight and diet. It has a bit more functionality when added to the LG Smart Watch, but for the basic user, it’s a very pared down fitness tool. This is a good thing for those of us who find all the bells and whistles included on more modern health apps to be simply overwhelming.
This app is perfect for those who want “just the basics.” It also works with many non-LG smartphones too (not Apple), so if you’re not a fan of your own phone brand’s fitness app, this one may be worth a try.
4. Samsung Health
The Samsung Health App is a more technical phone-based fitness tracking app that has extended capabilities to work with SpO2 monitors and heart rate tracking equipment. But it still does the basics too. You can change what the app is tracking and set goals by personalizing the dashboard to your own specific needs.
The included exercise programs cover the basics to intense training and even let you compete with friends who have the same app. One of the coolest features is the daily health news feed. It links well with other health apps like Cigna’s Coach and Technogym, but it doesn’t support some devices or tablets, so check first before installing.
3. iPhone Health App
The Apple Health App focuses on making small changes in four key areas:
- Move more.
- Eat better.
- Sleep better.
- Take time to calm your mind.
The app accumulates this data so that you can track your progress as you work toward healthier habits. It also accumulates data that you input, such as test results from your doctor, vitals, body measurement and reproductive health information like your monthly cycles.
You can create a medical ID card for you wallet that has vital information including allergies, medical conditions and doctor’s name. This ID card will also allow first responders to access information from the lock screen on your phone in case your wallet isn’t with you. All other information is stored encrypted on your phone and in the cloud where your data is protected for privacy. This is quite useful for doctors that work with these apps, as they are able to track your health information with you in real time.
2. Microsoft Health App for Microsoft Band
The Microsoft Health App is a very intensive health app by Microsoft that works in conjunction with Microsoft Band. It tracks heart rate, exercise and calorie burn. It also tracks sleep quality, something that’s hard for us to do ourselves. You can get email, calendar and text alerts so you don’t have to necessarily reach for your phone while working out. (You can turn off the alerts at night.)
It’s really meant to be more than a just a fitness app, as you can dictate text messages using Cortana and check social media as well. It’s kind of like a mini personal secretary. Interestingly, the band and App even works with iPhone, so you aren’t limited by your platform. This app is best for working adults who already struggle to stay on top of their fitness regimes.
1. Calm – Meditate, Sleep, Relax
In our hectic world of 9 to 5 work (and then some), many of us struggle but do manage to find time to squeeze in work out routines and cardio. But this fast-paced lifestyle often ignores the vitally necessary discipline of meditation. Meditation induces Alpha waves, healing, stress relief, more effective sleep and greatly increased health. Calm contains guided meditation programs for everyone from beginners to gurus in lengths from 3 to 25 minutes. It has programs that focus on emotional relief topics such as forgiveness and self esteem and health topics such as body scan and calming anxiety. There are many more programs too numerous to mention here including some for sharpening focus and concentration, so this app definitely has something for everyone. Calm is listed as number 1 because it stands out from the crowd by focusing solely on one of our most neglected health practices today.
Now that we have our new health apps installed, it’s time to take that first step to our new fitness goals! What will be the first step that you take with your new health apps? Will you start a new exercise routine? Keep better track of your diet? Tie your heart rate monitor in with your doctor’s new health apps at their office? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.