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.
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 of course.
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.
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. 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.