I have always considered myself a pretty healthy person. But now that I am in my mid-twenties and have paid more visits to the doctor this past year than in what seems like my entire life, I thought it best to re-evaluate how healthy my eating habits really are.

As I have become more health-conscious, I found out that eating foods that are high in sodium leads to high blood pressure and is bad for your kidneys. I also recognized the importance of daily exercise. Being healthy and fit are two different things, but both are required to reduce visits to the doctor.

Mobile Health Technologies

Today I came across the idea of using mobile apps to track your progress in being healthy and staying fit. There are health apps that make it easier to eat right, sleep better, and improve your workout–whether it be getting your heart rate higher or even having your own mobile personal trainer.

More than 40,000 health and fitness apps exist, and as the availability of these apps is climbing fast the industry expects their number to quadruple by 2016.

The Doctor’s View on Health Apps

Many doctors believe that using health apps will help cut down on doctor visits. According to data revealed by Float Mobile Learning, 40 percent of doctors believe that using mobile health technologies can reduce the number of office visits needed by patients, and about 88 percent are in full support of patients monitoring their health at home. And many believe consumers should take advantage of the apps currently on the market to help along the process.

Whether you are trying to get back into shape or keep your diet in better check or even help yourself sleep better, the infographic below has the top apps for exercise, healthy eating, and healthy rest.

Health and fitness apps

 

Austin Lund