Your smartphone can help assist your health and fitness goals
Smartphones are becoming a handy tool to monitor your health.
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From mapping your moods to measuring steps, these popular apps — used alone or together — offer all that’s needed to inspire and support personal mind and body health and fitness goals.
This social fitness network works for anyone needing a fun environment with lots of support to stay on track with exercise and health habits. www.fitocracy.com
Using geolocation and indoor/outdoor tracking, the app monitors current and cumulative UV exposure. www.getbrightly.com
Pure and simple, this iOS-only app is the essential meditation timer and tracker. itunes.apple.com
This free “fitness companion” uses smartphone sensors to measure steps, runs, and rides. www.moves-app.com
Part symptoms decoder, part physician reference, this app is a godsend for parents and anyone else curious about what ails them. www.itriagehealth.com
Ask any health question and get answers from a real M.D. within 24 hours. Local physician referrals are also part of the program. www.healthtap.com
A perennial favorite for runners and cyclists, the app is a winner for both tracking and training. runkeeper.com
Designed to overcome depression, the app tracks your mood every day using an online card game and supportive community of friends and family. www.moodscope.com