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A doctor is someone you visit mainly when something is wrong. They tell you what’s wrong and what to do to make it right. They want you to be healthy, but are they constantly by your side to tell you how to stay healthy and fit? Of course not.

With our culture being so consumed in technology, studies say that ¾ of the world has access to a mobile device. Among the biggest trends, health, fitness, and lifestyle apps have been climbing the charts of the mobile app world. These apps give you the ability to have a constant nutritionist, trainer, and help you keep track how your body is working. Specifically, taking advantage of the iOS Health App that is integrated with your iPhone can be more beneficial than a doctor and heres why:

With the iOS health app integrated into the iPhone’s interface, customers automatically have access to a wide variety of personal health information including heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol and more. You have access to all this data at your fingertips giving you the ability to share, save, and track all your personal fitness and health information at any time of the day. If you are ever worried about having this personal information on your phone, the Health application is encrypted with your passcode to make sure your content is safe and secure. The Health app also has a Medical ID and emergency contact information available to use in case of emergency.

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Fitness

It is easy to lose sight how much we are exercising when we are busy with balancing our daily schedule of work, errands, family, etc. With the Health app, you can allow your nutrition apps to tell your fitness apps how many calories you want to consume each day. Your phone will track and record your movements throughout the day giving you hourly, weekly, or monthly visual of your progress. If you choose to download third party fitness apps like Nike Training Club, an app filled with different workouts, you have the option of connecting it to your Health Center Data to keep it all in one place on your Health Dashboard. Your fitness data will be consolidated, giving you the ability to easily see how much you exercise a day, how many calories you have burned, how much walking you did, your heart rate, and more.

Suggested Fitness Apps:

Hot5- Gives you pages of 5 minute workout videos ranging from yoga to ab workouts at a variety of different levels. (cost: free)

RunKeeper- Tracks your walks, runs, and bike rides through your GPS system giving you audible updates. (cost: free)

Nike Training Club- My personal favorite. Gives you short workouts with options to “get lean,” “get strong,” “get toned,” and “get focused” ranging at different levels to your liking. (cost: free)

 

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Nutrition

The new update with iOS has taken nutrition to another level. You are now able to log in your vitamins, minerals, and food intake for that day. Many of us do not keep track of what we are consuming throughout the day. I mean, we are only human. This app now lets you track your food consumption giving you awareness to your nutrition habits and promoting health. Third party apps can connect with your health data dashboard to track different specific nutrition facts about you. For example, Lose It! allows you to set a weight loss goal while connecting with your iOS Health app, tracking how many calories you should be consuming and how many you are actually consuming. This helps you manage a balanced diet and avoid over-eating.

Suggested Nutrition Apps:

Fooducate: Allows you to see nutritional information by scanning the barcodes of food products helping you eat healthier (cost: free)

Lose it!: Keeps track of your food intake for someone who is looking to lose a few pounds. Also has an exercise tracking tool (cost: free)

HealthyOut: Helps you find the healthiest option to keep up with your diet when dining out or ordering delivery. (cost: free)

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No Money Needed

Most of the world has access to mobile devices, but not everyone has health care/insurance. With access to health mobile apps including other health apps available to download from third party sources, you have access to content that people would usually go to doctors about. Most of these apps are free and require just the click of a button. The variety of apps available can do almost anything regarding your health. Symptom Checker, for example, is a virtual nurse powered by Harvard Medical School. It basically evaluates you through a questionnaire and lets you know if you need to see the doctor. This avoids wasted time and money, while keeping you healthy.

The iOS Health app is filled with endless amount of information that can be as beneficial, if not more, than a doctor. With constant access to your own personal health information on a daily basis, you can set goals, maintain your diet, track, and record your lifestyle through your own mobile device. This is the beginning of a health revolution.