Apps to Improve Your Health

Most of us wish we could get healthier with the touch of a button. In a way, these health apps make that a possibility. See what the following smartphone apps and sites can do to keep you on track when it comes to relieving stress, eating right and working out.

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Can’t afford a personal trainer, dietician or regular spa treatments? That’s okay, because there’s an app or website out there that can help you achieve similar results on a much smaller budget. Dr. Oz combed through the thousands of health apps out there so you can invest your time in something effective – and avoid downloading something bogus. Improve your health with the touch of a button. See how the following health apps and sites measure up.

Stress Check Pro by Azumio

This app quantifies your stress levels by measuring your heart rate through the camera and light features on your iPhone. Sounds complicated right? It’s not. Hold very still and cover the entire camera lens with the soft part of your fingertip. Press down gently; the phone measures the variation in your heartbeat. The more you use Stress Check, the better the app gets to know you and your heart. And the more you use it, the more you can keep an eye on your stress levels. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th generation). Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

MoodPanda

Many psychologists and therapists suggest that keeping a mood diary can be very therapeutic. This app actually makes a graph of your mood over the course of a day or a month. Several times a day, you can rate your mood on a scale of 1 (unhappy) to 10 (very happy). You can also add a description of why you feel that way; for example, you can note if you just had a great lunch with a friend. Every time you enter your mood, the data is used for the graph. A benefit of this is that, over time, you can become more aware of your feelings, and the things that cause them – and it can remind you that your bad moods are temporary. You can share your MoodPanda results on Facebook and Twitter, and you can sync it to your calendar. Available for iPhone and Android phones.