For many, the iPhone is one of your best friends. It keeps your schedule, means you’ll never miss an important email and helps remind your husband to pick up milk on the way home from work. You can also keep tabs on your kids, and increase your thumb’s dexterity thanks to texting. But beyond that, iPhones can be an integral tool for improving your health, longevity and, ultimately, quality of life. Here are a few health apps that you can’t live without.
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It's usually attributed to grandmas and Great-Aunt Sally, but hearing loss affects Americans of all ages. The uHear app lets users test their hearing to determine whether it's within normal range or an indication they have potential hearing loss. Hearing sensitivity determines the quietest sounds you can hear, while another component assesses your ability to understand speech amid background noise and chatter.
Ever wonder just how many steps you take in a day, or if you're anywhere near the recommended 10,000 that doctors say you should take in a day? The Playing Pedometer accurately tracks your steps no matter where you carry your phone, so your steps are still counted, even if your phone is in your pocket. There's also a chime feature that tells you when you've hit your goal.
Looking for fast food that's healthy or won't blow your calorie budget? This app lets you choose a diet based on your age, sex, weight and height -- then helps you find nearby fast food items that fit your diet. The calorie guide contains detailed nutritional information (calories, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and carbs) for 8,235 menu items from 67 popular restaurants.
Stress is a major contributor to high blood pressure, but now you can keep your heart healthy and reduce your stress with this soothing relaxation app. The "Sounds of Nature" collection includes ocean surf, waterfalls and delicately chirping birds all aimed at helping you achieve your Zen moment.
Whether you're at home, on the road or in the woods, this app delivers up-to-date information on emergency procedures like how to perform CPR, what to do if you're burned or bleeding, and how to care for someone who is unconscious. It also lets you create a first-aid checklist and store your information for quick retrieval.
It's no secret that practicing yoga can help you sleep better, reduce stress, even lose weight; but the key is doing it on a regular basis. With Pocket Yoga you can keep up with your practice at your own pace and schedule in the comfort of your own home. You can choose among three different practices, three difficulty levels and three durations, for a total of 27 different sessions.
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