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Top 5 free apps for better health

App:  Instant Heart Rate

Perfect for: Monitoring your heart health

Available on IOS and Android

A normal resting heart beat ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute (BPM). But stress, anxiety, depression, emotions, activity level, and medicines can significantly change one’s heart rate. Knowing your heart rate is important in measuring stress in your body.

One of the most accurate heart rate monitors, Instant Heart Rate can measure your pulse through your phone’s camera. It takes only 10 seconds for the app to record and measure your heart beat by capturing colour changes in your finger when you hold it up to the camera. The app can also monitor blood circulation and compile “progress reports” that you can share with your doctor.

App: The Johnson & Johnson Official 7-Minute Workout

Perfect for: Time-strapped people who want to keep fit

Available on IOS and Android devices

For all those who manage to make time an excuse every time they are supposed to get a workout in, this one’s for you! One, it will match whichever intensity level you prefer and two, it is really easy to use! For most of the workouts all you’ll need on hand is a chair! Yup, sorry – the excuses end today!

App: Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal

Perfect for: Ensuring you eat right

Available on IOS and Android devices

A 2019 survey by Frontiers in Endocrinology suggested that apps can support changes in lifestyle and glucose monitoring in types 1 and 2 diabetes patients. Further research has shown that diabetes apps can help Type 2 diabetes patients maintain average blood sugar levels, lower their body weight and waist circumference and generally improve one’s health. Calorie Counter can track and calculate calories and macros (carbohydrates, fat, protein) in your recipes. It has a large food database that can help you to make healthier choices about the foods you want to prepare. This app is not only useful to diabetics but is also recommended for people who want to lose weight, tone up, get healthy, or start a new diet. And did we mention that it will also track your activities and show you how many calories you are burning?   

App: Wysa and Woebot

Perfect for: Your mental health

Available on IOS and Android devices

Wysa is a smartphone app that helps a user deal with stress, anxiety and depression. It is a playful chatbot that can help you cope with low self-esteem, sleep better, keep track of your mood and manage mental disorders using friendly chats and mindful exercises. Wysa, an artificial intelligence (AI) penguin, leads you through suggested exercises and uses AI to react to the emotions you express. The Wysa app has been rated by the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA) with a score of 92 per cent, among the highest in stress and mental wellness, and also across all health app categories; with 100 per cent on clinical assurance. Like Wysa, Woebot is a chatbot that helps to manage stress, anxiety and depression. It uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) tools to help users think through situations and learn more about themselves. Woebot won the 2019 Google Play award for standout well-being app. Both apps ask users to choose emojis to best describe how they are feeling.

App: Medisafe and Mango Health (IOS and Android)

Perfect for: Reminding you to take your pills

Available on IOS and Android devices

It is not always easy to keep track with your medication especially if you have a lot of drugs to take. Medisafe and Mango Health are free smartphone apps that help patients stay on track with their medicine. They set alarms to remind you to take your medication and also compile all your medical and health information in one place. Mango Health has a healthy habit feature that allows you to set reminders to drink water, record your mood, check your blood glucose, take your blood pressure or watch your weight. 

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