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giving you a resting metabolic rate, for
instance, is using an equation that definitely
doesn’t work for everyone. Someone in their
80s may have more protein needs, and kids
and teens have completely different needs
And then there’s the usability component,
says Michael R. Mantell, a senior fitness con-
sultant for behavioral sciences at the American
Council on Exercise. He says consumers
should look at any app and make sure it is
reliable and free from bugs and issues to make
it easier to use. You can learn about usability
by reading app reviews on whichever app
store you’re downloading from.
Finally, since health data can be sensitive, users should know how much of their
personally identifiable information is being
collected and shared with app developers,
and how that data is being uploaded and
stored. Explains Mantell, “Make sure you
check the fine print on issues regarding privacy. Many of the app companies make
money by selling your data to others, particularly insurance companies.” C
Costco member Karen J. Bannan is a freelance
writer and editor who lives in New York.
Rock My Run accompanies running and/or walking
by using the behavior science of genre choice,
beats per minute and tracking.
Pregnancy. BabyCenter: My Pregnancy Today,
iPregnancy, and My 9 Months are all popular pregnancy trackers. Another useful app, Contraction
Timer, lets you keep track of contractions when it’s
time for the big day.
Sleep. Sleep Cycle, for Apple iPhone users, uses
your phone’s built-in accelerometer to monitor your
movement and determine how long you’re sleeping and the optimal time to wake up.
Smoking cessation. The best apps not only
help you overcome cravings, but keep you moti-
WHILE IT GOES without saying that
your first impulse during an emergency should be to dial 911, there
are an increasing number of apps
designed to help you during a crisis.
For common medical emer-
gencies—think cuts, sprains and
burns—First Aid app by American
Red Cross may be extremely help-
ful. The app has videos, quizzes
and step-by-step advice. Another
app, ICE Standard with Smart911,
puts all of your emergency contact
information and basic health infor-
mation, such as blood type and
health conditions, on the lock
screen of your phone.
PulsePoint (Android and iOS)
turns the app user into a first
responder. Available for download
for those who have been trained in
(CPR), this app uses GPS technol-
ogy to locate and alert app users
near a 911 cardiac emergency so
they can start CPR before first
responders arrive. —KJB
Emergency? There’s an app for that
vated by showing how much money you’ve saved.
Several fit these criteria, including Livestrong
MyQuit Coach—Dare to Quit Smoking, My Last
Cigarette—Stop Smoking Stay Quit, and Smoke
Free are good options.
Weight control and nutrition. Fooducate:
Healthy Weight Loss, Diet Tracker & Food Scanner
does exactly what it says. In addition, it uses your
phone’s camera to scan food packaging to give you
nutrition information. The LoseIt! calorie-tracking
app creates a weight-loss plan for you. Fitocracy,
available for Android and iOS, makes losing weight
competitive, earning you points for making healthy
choices and connecting you with other users, or
Fitocrats as they are called.—KJB
AN APP A DAY
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