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5 Health Applications You Should Know About

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Today you can find an app for just about anything, whether you are looking for the easiest way to not wake up feeling groggy every morning or a playlist with the best bumpin’ beats for your run. However, the problem then becomes how do you know which app is worth your time. You can look at ratings from previous users, but those stars just tell part of the story. We have tested many health and fitness apps in order to find the best of the best and in the following list we gathered five health applications which you should know about.

RunKeeper

This application uses GPS in your phone in order to track your time, pace, distance and calories burned. RunKeeper shows your running path on a virtual map and saves all your workout data. The app also has a preloaded database of running and training routines and can design custom interval workouts, which can remind runner to pick up their pace via audio cues from the app. In addition, this app lets you listen to music while your workout, which is a strategy that has been shown to increase running endurance and speed.

Fooducate

You can glean all the key nutritional details without having to decipher a single label by simply scanning the barcode on packaged food items as you shop. This app gives every food item a letter grade for health, based on an algorithm which is developed by dietitians and nutritionists, which takes into consideration the nutritional density of each food. Fooducate even considers nutrition label components and ingredients which sometimes get lost in harried consumers’ processed-food analyses, such as food colorings, additives, added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, serving sizes and preservatives. Therefore, user can weight the pros and cons of each food and compare it to healthier options.

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Sleep Cycle

A crappy wake-up can lead to cranky mood and fatigue all day. However, this app promises to keep your from waking up on the wrong side of bed again. By using the phone’s accelerometer, the app’s alarm clock tracks your movement as you sleep and gauges when you transit between light and deep sleep. Sleep Cycle will wake you when the phone determines that you are in your lightest sleep cycle during a present 30-minute wake-up window. You can set your alarm to music in order to ensure you wake up with extra pep in your step and the app uses just about 1/3 of your phones battery at night, so there is no need to keep it plugged in.

Lose It!

Lose It is ideal app for anyone wanting to shed a few pounds. This app works like a personal trainer in your palm by reminding you to record food intake and exercise and recommending a calorie budget for the day – a proven weight loss strategy. By using the barcode product scanner, it is easy to track foods. User can also share his or her weight loss and fitness progress reports with friends via Twitter and, of course, Facebook.

ZocDoc

Booking a dentist or doctor appointment is now as easy as to order a pizza. This app lets you skim fellow users’ reviews of local health-care providers as well as search through doctors based on location, expertise and insurance plans. Users can also book appointments on the spot, since doctors also provide their availability. At the moment, ZocDoc includes doctors in major cities in the United States with plans to expand nationally as well as abroad.

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