Health Apps: Choosing the Right One for You

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Despite social media being the most-used news source, it has been ranked as the least-trusted source of information in the United States. While consumers may appreciate the ease of getting news at our fingertips, we are also leery of misinformation and fake news.

When it comes to our health, the wish list is similar. We want information quickly but desire it to come from trusted sources. Here are three health apps that seem to be checking all the boxes.

Aaptiv: Fitness
This audio-based app can change your attitude when it comes to exercise. Blending a mixture of music to pair with your workout and instructions from a certified personal trainer, the Aaptiv app meets you at your current fitness level and programs your workouts based on fitness goals, favorite formats and the exercise equipment you have on hand.

Aaptiv workouts include all fitness formats, from treadmill and toning to stretching and cycling. Downloadable to most digital devices, Aaptiv can be used just about anywhere. For goal setters, this app will track daily exercise progress, so the workouts get harder as your fitness level improves.

MyPlate: Nutrition
If you’re looking to track the food you eat and analyze which nutrients you might be lacking, this app may be your answer. It’s similar to a food journal, thanks to its easy-to-use tracking database that pulls up just about any food or beverage you’re consuming. The app then calculates the calories, protein, fat and carbohydrate content of that meal and gives you an idea of the remining calories you have for that day. Users also like the prompts and notifications to help them stay on top of their daily nutrition goals.

Goodself: Overall Health
Goodself is described as a first-of-its-kind media platform that allows vetted experts to share health, wellness and lifestyle content. The free community-focused app hosts live, interactive audio chats called GoodTalks led by experts in their field. Pictures, videos and ideas can also be posted within the feed and shared by experts around their expertise and by users around their health experiences.

Using community feedback as well as interviewing health professionals around the world, the creators of Goodself aimed to develop not just a platform, but a movement that truly inspires and helps people globally through the use of reliable information.

Choosing an App
Over the past few years, the number of mobile apps dedicated to wellbeing has increased dramatically. So, how do you know which app is right for you? Here are some ways to untangle the health tech.

Find a Fit
If you have specific health goals in mind, then make sure the app you choose will get you there, or at least give you a good start. For instance, if you would like to experience more quality sleep, make sure the app puts a priority on getting some shuteye.

Get Real
If an app is promising you the world, it’s probably too good to be true. Be realistic about what you want to achieve and avoid apps that over-promise.

Taking time to research is the best way to ensure your app will work for you and your health goals. Research online and use trusted sources to select your app. Ask friends and family what apps work for them. Don’t forget to ask about pros and cons.

Find the Proof
Let’s face it, we want something to help us make better decisions about our wellbeing. Choose an app that uses strategies that research has shown be successful while offering social and goal-setting support. Check reviews and research the ones that pique your interest. Also, daily reminders and notifications from an app can be very beneficial We may need that extra nudge to get that workout in or enter our most recent meal.

Check the Budget
Apps are generally not expensive, but when you’re using several apps with a fee, the costs can add up fast! While some may be free to download initially, many may require in-app purchases or upgrades just to use some of the features. Before tapping that download button, make sure the cost of the extras you need or want don’t break the bank.

Test It!
If you’re reading a book and you just can’t get into it, then it’s okay to stop reading it. Just like a book that you’re not connecting with, an app may not be working for you either. Don’t be afraid to delete your current health app and choose something that might be a better fit.

With over 81 percent of Americans owning smartphones, mobile health applications are rapidly becoming mainstream. Thanks to improved features and apps that are specifically tailored to certain goals and conditions, a pathway to better health may be right at your fingertips.

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