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Our smartphones are used for just about everything -- FaceTiming, emailing, text messaging, playing games, reading news (and breaking celebrity gossip), checking social media and calling somebody on that old fashioned thing called the telephone…. According to recent statistics gathered by Portio Research (an independent research company located in the United Kingdom), 1.2 billion people worldwide were using mobile apps last year. And while some apps can be distracting time suckers, others can actually provide services -- sometimes free of charge -- that can improve your wellbeing. Here are our favorites:
With over 17.5 million downloads, the newly updated WebMD app now features customized healthy-living content that includes recipes, dieting tips, sex and relationship advice, lifestyle tips, quizzes and other articles based on the topics and goals in which you show an interest. A localized search tool can also help you find physician, pharmacy and hospitals.
A free application that stores all your critical medical information, such as allergies, blood type, medications and doctors’ contact info, which can be accessed by first responders and medical professionals. The company recently launched the MyID bracelet, though anyone can use the app without the wristband.
The mobile version of a gratitude journal, it inspires users to focus on small positive moments from everyday life. This app was created because of the science that shows being happier and positive has actual health benefits, including, increased energy, improved sleep, boost in immunity, less anxiety and reduced risks of stroke, heart attack and depression.
This app encourages users to achieve their dreams -- whether it’s to travel or lose weight. You start by creating a life story -- your story can be as simple or as complex as you want, as small or as big. Then you add actionable steps that you’ll need to take -- these “dots” form a roadmap for you to follow. You can also add people who can help you realize the story -- this will be your “advisory board.” By looking at images for visualization and chatting with other users, and setting small, doable goals, you can more easily achieve your ultimate dream.
This is the first real-time and personalized pregnancy app to help woman track their health between doctor's visits. It provides daily feedback tailored to the individual woman and her baby’s development. The app also acts as a monitoring tool, giving critical alerts when a woman reports symptoms that may indicate a potential pregnancy complication, and keeps track of weight, blood pressure, nutrition, moods swings, kicks and contractions.
It’s a live anonymous social health network that gives people a chance to talk about their health experiences without compromising their social image or identity. The app offers a number of features, including instant access to an anonymous live-stream social feed of other people sharing the same health experiences, a messaging system that alerts users whenever something specifically relevant to each unique profile is posted, profiles for every practicing doctor in the United States.
It provides a database over 200,000 healthy recipes covering 25 diets, including Paleo, vegetarian, gluten-free dairy-free and low carb, as well as food allergies. Considered to be your “personal assistant chef,” this app also provides healthy choices with dietary information and the ability to search for recipes by ingredients.
Coming on December 16! This app will customize what you track -- you can choose from weight, body fat percentage, BMI, waist-to-hip, and 17 other standard points of body measurement. It will also offer Achievement Badges to reward progress toward your specific body goals, as well as provide motivation through progress report, graphs, goal setting and side-by-side before and after shots.
An adaptive training program for runners, it breaks down your training into six different types of runs and phases: 1) pre-conditioning, 2) balanced training, 3) getting faster, 4) going further, 5) race simulation and 6) tapering off. More than just a tracker, this app also creates plans which are personalized for every user and continuously adapt as the runner improves.
In order to make home fitness more convenient, this app offers hundreds of workout videos for all fitness levels. It also allows you to exercise with a friend (virtually) via a split screen so you can watch each other move to the same video and chat as you sweat.