Top 6 ways to use a smartphone to improve health

By Affinity Cellular - 2019-04-15

Senior Woman Exercise Smartphone

Physical, mental, and emotional health are all important things to track and improve. With a smartphone, making concrete improvements in these areas is at the touch of your fingertips! Specialized apps cover everything from exercise plans to guided meditation to tracking your heart rate. Get ready to kickstart your journey to a healthier you!

1. Track Your Fitness

There are so many incredible fitness apps that allow you to track your exercise, get exercise tips, and find workouts to meet your fitness goals. They can track little things – such as how many steps you take in a day – to more complex workouts and measurements. Apps can suggest the best workouts for targeting certain areas of your body, working within a tight timeframe, or for specific body types. They can cover anything from high intensity workouts to relaxing yoga sequences.

Top Fitness Apps  
Apple App Store Google Play
My Fitness Pal My Fitness Pal
Better Me Better Me
30 Day Fitness Challenge 30 Day Fitness Challenge
Get Fit Get Fit
Workout For Women Workout For Women
Down Dog Down Dog
Daily Yoga Daily Yoga


2. Improve Your Diet

A huge component of physical health is related to the foods you consume. Apps can not only track the food you eat, but offer the nutrition breakdowns of what you consume every day. They can help you meal plan, find new healthy meals, and discover meals that work around allergies and health concerns. There are also great apps for tracking how much water you drink daily, as hydration is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Top Diet / Food Apps  
Apple App Store Google Play
My Fitness Pal My Fitness Pal
MyPlate Calorie Tracker MyPlate Calorie Tracker
Mealime Mealime
Plate Joy PlateJoy
Plant  Nanny Plant  Nanny

 

3. Observe and Improve Your Sleep Patterns

Sleep is critical to maintaining good health. Lack of sleep is linked to weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, and more. Luckily, there are apps to help you get to sleep, stay asleep, and track your sleep. Some apps offer music and white noise to lull you into a deep sleep. Others let you set alarms to wake you up in the most optimal point in your sleep cycle.

Top Sleep Apps  
Apple App Store Google Play
Sleep Cycle Sleep Cycle
Relax Melodies Relax Melodies
White Noise White Noise
Sleep Time Sleep Time
Calm Calm
Pillow  


4. Focus on Your Mental Health

In a very busy world with lots of distractions, it’s hard to find time to focus on your mental and emotional health. Luckily, there are great apps to help you focus in and re-charge your mind. There are many great apps for meditation and calming. Other apps can connect you with mental health professionals to guide you through things like depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. There are additional apps for dealing with addiction, improving focus and memory, and reminding you to be mindful throughout the day.

Top Mental Health  Apps  
Apple App Store Google Play
Lumosity Lumosity
7 Cups 7 Cups
Headspace Headspace
Calm Calm
Happify Happify

 

5. Monitor your Body

There are important bodily measurements to keep track of, including heart rate and blood pressure. Specialized apps can help you track those things, and even allow you to measure it exactly using just your phone. Apps can remind you to take measurements and set up doctor’s appointments as well.

Top Monitoring Apps  
Apple App Store Google Play
Blood Pressure Companion Blood Pressure Companion
Qardio Qardio
Instant Heart Rate Instant Heart Rate


6. Remember Your Medication

Taking medication consistently and on time is crucial, but can be easy to forget. Apps can not only send out reminder notifications for multiple different medications, but also keep track of when to order refills and when to take medicine based on your changing schedule. These apps also allow you to enter information about side effects, special instructions, warnings, and more.

Top Medication  Reminder Apps  
Apple App Store Google Play
Dosecast Dosecast
Med Helper Med Helper
Medisafe Medisafe
Round Health  
CareZone Care Zone

 

Managing your health in all of the areas of your life can seem overwhelming. Luckily, smartphones and specialized apps can offer guidance and reminders to take care of your physical, emotional, and mental health on a daily basis. Many of these apps are free, and all are simple to use. Try downloading some of these apps today to get a jumpstart on a healthier lifestyle!