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Positively Beautiful: Better health at your fingertips: Apps and sites to help

It seems like there’s an amazing new innovation popping up just about every time I flip on my computer. There are so many neat ways to stay on top of your health and wellness commitments – and save you a few trips to the doctor. And maybe even save a life.

By: Susan Mathison, INFORUM

It seems like there’s an amazing new innovation popping up just about every time I flip on my computer.

There are so many neat ways to stay on top of your health and wellness commitments – and save you a few trips to the doctor. And maybe even save a life.

Last week was Doctor’s Day, and tomorrow is World Health Day. In honor of those, here are a few of my favorite finds. Most are free and available on both Apple and Android devices.

PulsePoint.org/app

I’ve mentioned this one before, but it is so important it bears repeating. If somebody went into cardiac arrest, would you know what to do?

The PulsePoint app lets you use your smartphone to flag down the nearest person who’s trained in CPR. The app also can point you to the location of the nearest Automated External Defibrillator, or AED. Everyone should download this, now.

StickK.com

Set a goal. Make a contract. Put some cash on the line ... and then have your credit card charged if you break your healthy commitment.

This is a powerful online tool that has helped almost a quarter-million users quit smoking, work out more, cook meals at home, get up on time – and even finish graduate school!

Lift.do

Forbes called it the most affordable personal development tool. Lift encourages positive habits with customized plans, acting as a virtual life coach. There’s community connection for support in your journey.

JustGetFlux.com

Blue light messes with our pineal gland and negatively impacts sleep, especially in the evening hours. F.lux software makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

Argus on Azumio.com

Created by the developers of Fitness Buddy, this app is a personal health diary without the pencil. It monitors movement, food intake, sleep and more, uncovers trends and gives detailed charts that help track progress and overall wellbeing.

MapMyFitness.com

This is a GPS-based fitness tracking app that lets users explore and manage more than 600 fitness activities and track every detail of their workout, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned and route traveled.

MyFitnessPal.com

This is a popular calorie tracker with a robust food database of more than three million foods, with the added perk of a cardio and strength training tracker loaded with 350 exercises.

Fooducate.com

A barcode actually can tell you a lot more about nutritional value than the food label with this app, which can help you make healthier choices when grocery shopping. Fooducate advises on the quality of calories in a given food item, and also suggests similar yet healthier products and tracks your food intake and exercise.

Buddhify2.com

We sometimes think of technology as stressful — but this app proves that your phone can be a source of deep relaxation. It has guided meditations to help you become more focused, alert and attuned to the present moment. Their philosophy? “You can develop mindfulness anywhere and everywhere – on the train, at work, when online, at home and much more.”

DailyYoga.com

This yoga coaching app gives step-by-step guidance with more than 45 yoga sessions and a library packed with more than 300 poses. Yoga sessions are displayed in HD video with soothing music.

Glow by Glowing.com

This app helps women track their cycles with detailed calendars and charts, and provides informative fertility tips. Their tagline is “Helping create tiny miracles.”

OneToday.com

This app features one new charity each day to which users can donate one dollar. A small contribution adds up, one dollar and one day at a time. Users can track their donations and get friends to match via social media.

Have you discovered any neat apps or tools lately? What’s helping you feel healthier and happier this year?


Dr. Susan Mathison founded Catalyst Medical Center in Fargo and created PositivelyBeautiful.com. Email her at info@catalystmedicalcenter.com.

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