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August 16, 2013updated 22 Sep 2016 10:56am

Ten useful apps to get you moving

The health apps that will get you up and running.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Whether you’re dieting or taking up exercise, it’s easy to make resolutions about staying healthy. What’s difficult is sticking to them, but apps can be a helpful tool.

Below are some of the options to get you beach-ready for any holidays coming your way.

The app helps you set goals for health, fitness and anything you want to improve. Want to eat more vegetables, swim more, read more, be kinder? With hundreds and thousands of goals to choose from, you can set a goal and get motivated by monitoring your habits and progress.
Cost: Free

Another similar tool that keeps track of activities including sleep, diet, stress and exercise to help you identify and change your behaviour. Users receive a weekly report that tracks progress, offers tips and prioritises healthy habits for the upcoming week.
Cost: Free and available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Patient Access
The UK’s first GP appointment app allows users to book appointments, order repeat descriptions, update personal details and send messages to their GPs. The app requires users to have registered with a practice
Cost: Free and available at any GP practice that uses Emis

NHS Sound Doctor
The audio app helps patients understand their long-term conditions in more detail, making it easier to look after themselves. Other features include interviews with doctors, nurses, health professionals and other patients sharing experiences and information.
Cost: Free

The app, which has to be placed between sheets or under a pillow, uses motion sensors to log your movements during sleep. It records samples of snoring, measures their intensity and assesses lifestyle factors that affect snoring levels.
Half the battery charge is lost overnight as it must be kept on.
Cost: £2.49 on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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Nike Fuelband
With a band worn around the wrist, the app tracks your movement during the day, telling you how many "Nike Fuel" points you’ve earned. If you’re active enough you will reach your daily points. If not, you will fail. It also counts steps: about 10,000 a day is idea l for a healthy lifestyle. .
Cost: The app is available for free on iPhone but requires fuelband worth about £125.

iBGStar Blood Glucose Meter
The glucose monitor helps users to keep an eye on their blood-sugar levels.
Cost: £48 on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

The app allows users to measure and track their mood every day so they’re able to learn what causes their ups and downs. It also allows users to share scores with friends and family, enabling them to receive help.
Cost: Free on iPhone or iPod touch

This app measures the amount of alcohol you consume and finds out how it affects you. It converts drinks consumed into units, blood alcohol level and calorific content. You can then record your happiness and energy levels.
Cost: Free on Android.

Pocket Yoga
This app guides you through different yoga practice styles with three difficulty levels. Detailed voice and visual instruction guides you through every pose, including each inhalation and exhalation.
Cost: £1.99 on iPhone



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