Other than checking WebMD for whatever might be ailing me, I never used my computer for anything health related. But having some convenient apps on my phone has helped me monitor my daily activity level, calorie intake and given me a better night’s sleep.
Here are my favorite apps for WELL-BEING: (Was going to call this “Fitness” but, you know..)
Note: The links are to the ANDROID versions of these apps. Each (except S Health) has an iPhone version available in the Apple store.
- S Health: This is actually a SAMSUNG app that came with my phone and my Gear watch. So far, I only use the pedometer. It is about as accurate as any pedometer (which means “not very”), but it does give me a comparison of my activity level day by day. It syncs with my Gear watch so whenever I don’t have my phone with me and am moving around, my watch is counting my steps.
- Twilight: Did you know the blue light from TV, computer monitors and phones is really bad for you? It messes with your sleep cycle and all kinds of stuff. This app slowly adds a red film to your screen as the sun goes down, significantly cutting down the blue light from your phone. And since we all check our phones before bed, I believe it helps us to sleep better.
- Night Mode: I use my phone as an alarm clock, and play an audio book (with a sleep timer) each night. Night mode dims the screen so that the light from the phone doesn’t wake me up. It isn’t automatic, like Twilight, so I turn it on every night before I go to bed and off in the morning.
- MyFitnessPal: Okay, I don’t use this every day but I have in the past. I do when I’m counting calories for whatever new diet I’m trying (still looking for that one I can stick with). I like MyFitnessPal better than S Health for calorie counting. It is so easy to use and I have a reminder every evening to log my calories for dinner, as that is the meal I am most likely to forget. The reminder comes up every day, even when I’m not using the app because I have good intentions.
There are other apps out there, but I’m not serious-minded enough to go exploring. If you are interested in using your smart phone for well-being, I hope you will give these apps a try.