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Your health and general all-round fitness is extremely important, so it pays to have a collection of tools and resources at your disposal to fight off that flab and keep that ticker in tip-top shape. I’m sure you already have such a collection but today we are going to introduce five more resources you can start using.

You can never have too many, right?

Check Your Heart Rate — Instant Heart Rate

The most important thing to keep a track of is your heart. If that gives out, well then it’s good night Vienna. So on a regular basis, say every few days, you can use this app to check your heart rate. Apparently anything over 100bpm (beats per minute) is cause for concern. Your heart rate goes up and down depending on whether you are exercising (obviously) but also if you have just got out of bed, about to go to sleep, and other factors.

To use it, place the tip of your index finger over the front facing camera on your phone. The light from that camera illuminates your finger and detects the pulse. From that, it calculates the heart rate.

Download: Instant Heart Rate (iOS) | Instant Heart Rate (Android)

Keep Track Of Your Medication — Pillboxie (iOS) & MyPillBox (Android)

Anyone who depends on medication for a chronic illness will appreciate the need to keep track of their daily medication intake. If you forget to take them, that will obviously have an effect on you that day, and quite possibly the day after that.

If you carry your phone around like an extension of your arm, you can use an app to list all the different meds that you’re taking, along with the doses, and the times you have to take them. For iOS, there is the excellent Pillboxie, and based on a friend’s recommendation, Android users should look at MyPillBox. There are many more pill reminder apps 3 Free Android Apps That Help To Remind You To Take Pills On Time 3 Free Android Apps That Help To Remind You To Take Pills On Time The days of simple diagnoses and simpler one-pill that cures all is long gone. These days it’s a cocktail of pills that addresses every illness one is unfortunate to encounter. The geekiest option is of... Read More of course.

Download: Pillboxie (iOS) | MyPillBox (Android)

Keep Your Brain Sharp — Lumosity

It’s a sad and unfortunate fact of life that conditions of the brain such as dementia, strokes, and Alzheimer’s are on the rise. As the saying goes “if you don’t use it, then you lose it”, and you definitely don’t want to lose your cognition in any way.

Lumosity is an excellent web-based and smartphone app-based resource for helping you with that very issue. Carry out simple tests, which get progressively harder as you go on. You need to give it your full attention as you will have to memorize shapes, colors, and how to play rather complex little games. Have fun and keep your brain in shape 5 Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes To Exercise Your Brain 5 Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes To Exercise Your Brain Keeping your brain in top shape requires that you challenge it on a regular basis. Surprisingly, you can do a lot in five minutes. Here are five things you can do for your mental fitness. Read More .

There is a free version and a premium version, which unlocks more tests and games.

Check Your Symptoms — Mayo Clinic

If you are feeling bad, you should go and consult a professional — period. However, if you MUST diagnose yourself, then at least use a reputable source. That’s where the Mayo Clinic Symptom Checker comes in. You first need to choose a symptom from the list, then select some factors which might be adding to the cause. The site will then give you possible reasons for your ailment.

I highlight the word “possible”, because again, you should go to a doctor. Don’t tell yourself that the headache is a tumour — get it checked out. It’s probably just a headache!

Relax With Some Yoga Lessons — DoYogaWithMe

Sometimes the best workouts don’t involve weightlifting or boxing. Sometimes, all it takes is a bit of yoga 5 Top Yoga Channels On YouTube That Help You Beat Stress 5 Top Yoga Channels On YouTube That Help You Beat Stress After a stressful day, a few minutes of yoga can mean the difference between anxiety and rest. Load up these YouTube channels and don't be surprised when your stress melts away. Read More . If you are scoffing at the very idea and returning to your weights, then stop for a moment and check this yoga site out.

A lot of the exercises involved can be quite difficult if you are not quite in top health. Stretching, and holding very strenuous positions, are just two of the things you have to be good at, and trust me, it’s not easy! This site gives you tutorial videos for different workouts. It’s well worth bookmarking and using if you want to give those limbs a good workout.

Which health sites and apps do you use to keep your health in top form? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Guy
    November 10, 2014 at 3:13 am

    I checked my pulse and it told me I needed an oil change. Is that a bad thing?

    While Luminosity may not necessarily be doctor approved, the Alzheimer's-Nun Study shows overwhelming support for the theory that an active brain and a positive attitude can stave off, or possibly even prevent, Alzheimer's Syndrome and a host of other mental health issues.

    I've got an active brain, but I'm also a bit of a downer, so 50/50 I guess.

  2. Jessica C
    November 8, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Great theme this issue, and a nice roundup too. However, I must say I'm skeptical of the inclusion of Lumosity. Do we really know, objectively, scientifically, that it works? Is that possible to know?

    /not trolling, genuinely curious

    • Mark
      November 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Well, anything which makes you think, use your memory, and use your reflexes, has to be good in my opinion. I can't say though whether or not Lumosity is backed by anyone in the medical profession.

  3. Guy
    November 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Using the camera on a smartphone for pulse checking is brilliant!

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      It is seemingly backed by doctors. Also, I checked my pulse, and then had it checked by my mother who is a nurse (and obviously knows how to do these things). The two results were more or less identical. So the smartphone app seems to work.

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