Did you know that portable health apps and accessories are making leaps and bounds toward increasing our lifespans? Whether we're monitoring our caloric intake, taking incremental steps toward fitness goals, or examining diagnostic stats, the overall effect is greater control over our wellness. Here are a few pivotal apps and accessories that are changing the way we interface with our devices and our health.
Fitbit cornered the wearable fitness tracker and mobile app combo early, releasing their first clip-on tracker back in 2008. Since then, they've come out with multiple gadgets, including wristbands and even a wireless scale, the Aria. The Fitbit app does a better job at recording your actual activity levels, when compared to manual entry systems like MyFitnessPal, LoseIt!, and other calorie tracking apps. But what if you have already invested in those app systems? Well, the good news is: the Fitbit system syncs with nearly 40 different apps, so that you can get a complete snapshot of your progress.
Like MyFitnessPal, the social aspect of competing with your friends can help you get extra steps in throughout the day. Every week, they send you a progress report, which gives you a breakdown of these stats and daily averages:
- This week's step winners (based on your friend list)
- Total steps
- Total distance traveled
- Weight change
- Calories burned
- Sleep duration (if you use a wearable gadget)
Are you sick of motivational, feel-good cheerleading apps? Do you have a sarcastic, or perhaps even a masochistic streak? Carrot might have a harmless sounding name, but their humorous "demotivational" app sure is a meanie. Carrot is cruel, like GlaDOS from the Portal games – she will fling insults like, "You are starting to affect the Earth's orbit around the Sun," or compliment you with droll statements like, "You're doing better than I expected." This is a simple weight tracking app. But the teasing is all in good fun, as Carrot challenges you to hit fitness goals.
This phone case isn't out yet, but there is a lot of buzz surrounding how this accessory and app duo will change how we measure our bodily performance. The hardware is a slim and unassuming black case that packs a punch. The developers at Azoi, Inc promise that it can measure these stats:
- Electrocardiography (ECG) waves
- Blood oxygen levels
- Lung performance
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- and body temperature.
This impressive list takes us far outside of the boundaries of typical fitness trackers, which usually just catalog our heart rate, steps, and altitude. The included spirometer (for lung testing) and ECG capabilities will give consumers access to tests that we would normally have to visit the doctor for.
E-cigs are an extremely popular and portable accessory that can help smokers quit a deadly habit. Instead of inhaling the carcinogens and toxins of a traditional cigarette, users draw in vapor as a form of nicotine consumption. You can customize nicotine dosage levels, so that you can slowly reduce your intake to zero nicotine, and eventually end the addiction. E-cigs appeal to smokers because they closely emulate the tactile feel of smoking, unlike other quitting mechanisms like nicotine patches or gum. You are able to enjoy the sensations of grasping the e-cig and the throat hit of the vapor. There are even mobile apps that help you log your e-cig use, so that you can lower and even stop your nicotine intake altogether!
Don't wait around – start working your way toward a healthier lifestyle by trying out some of these mobile apps and portable accessories. They were developed to help people get control over their fitness, diet, and addictions. These apps and accessories can be lifesavers.