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Health Apps to Install on your Mobile Device

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 04 Aug 2015

Health is perhaps one of our most under-valued aspects in life, with the issue only coming into focus when we come down with a bug or meet with an untoward medical set-back. However, more than the idea of being passive about health, it is often people’s schedules and daily routines that make it even more difficult to be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle with proper dietary controls and exercise.

However, looking at the pervasiveness of modern technology, there are plenty of ways to be able to adhere to all those New Year resolutions that are broken at the end of every January. With the smartphone acting as a platform that provides a user countless opportunities to keep his health and well-being intact, it is no news that realizing these goals is just one suitable app away.

We feature some of the most effective health- and fitness-based apps for Android and iOS platforms, all of which can help you shed the kilos and not lament over your lack of time for the gym!

Ask A Doctor

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Originally started in 2009 as a web-based medical advisory service, this start-up founded by a former IBM employee began its Android and iOS apps in 2012. The app allows users to describe their symptoms and post queries related to a disease, pick a doctor of their choice, and get advice on various treatments for the aforementioned symptom. It is especially built for people who are unable to find time to visit a dispensary or specialist. In the words of founder Kunal Sinha ‘The mobile app is great for someone who wants advice on toothache at 11 in the night.’

Available on Google Play Store and iOS Appstore

Price: Free

This app’s modus operandi is to connect users with personal fitness coaches and allow them to book sessions with these coaches. A user can set weight-loss goals and even earn rewards through the app as their progress toward their objective increases. The app also allows them to discuss their progress with their personal fitness coaches and get expert opinions on how to optimize their results. Moreover, safety and security are taken care of, as no personal details or contact needs to be shared and all of the experts are scrutinized and certified by the app-makers themselves.

Orobind

This app’s modus operandi is to connect users with personal fitness coaches and allow them to book sessions with these coaches. A user can set weight-loss goals and even earn rewards through the app as their progress toward their objective increases. The app also allows them to discuss their progress with their personal fitness coaches and get expert opinions on how to optimize their results. Moreover, safety and security are taken care of, as no personal details or contact needs to be shared and all of the experts are scrutinized and certified by the app-makers themselves.

Available on Google Play Store and iOS Appstore

Price: Free

FitHo

FitHo was launched first as a web-based service that later spawned its own mobile app. It combines parameters of diet and exercise, taking into account one’s BMI, schedule, etc. Users are given diet plans that are customized to their lifestyle. It tells users when to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat in order to substantially realize fitness targets that they set for themselves. With expert coaches and several plans allowing you to give the app a litmus test, FitHo is an ideal fit to combine both diet and exercise, and motivating elements like a coach for your personal fitness mission!

Available on Google Play Store and iOS Appstore

Price: Free (in-app purchase/plans chargeable)

Health5C

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The 5 C’s in its name denote comprehensive, consistent, collaborative, citizen, and care. The company was founded by IIM alumni Bal Unnikrishnan and Mitesh Chitnavis. Its apps are currently used by 4.5 lakh users and include the Pill Identifier app, one which can label a pill based on its colour, shape and texture, thereby allowing users to identify loose pills and know which one is used for what. The Health5C platform collates patient records, mHealth apps and boasts of telemedicine capabilities, which ensure that users can enjoy ease of use when it comes to contacting a specialist for an ailment. With partnerships alongside major medical players such as Apollo Clinic, Wasan Eyecare, SRL Labs, it provides users an end-to-end experience. Moreover, boasting of a clientele roster of hospitals in Mumbai and Bangalore such as Suhas Diagnostics, Pooja Hospital, as well as insurance brokers such as Almondz and JLT, Health5C is indeed highly equipped to cater to your every need.

Available on Google Play Store and iOS Appstore

Price: Free (apart from Medi Reminder and Pill Identifier Pro)

Practo

Desperate to find a doctor for your grandmother but can’t take time off work or trust a walk-in at the corner clinic? Practo is an app that aims to simplify one’s quest to find reliable doctors and diagnostic labs. It acts as an intermediary for users to book appointments with doctors or take slots at a diagnostic lab without the hassle of physical bookings and the resulting loss of time and money. Awarded by Google, the app gives users access to nearly 125,000+ verified doctors, displays their credentials, consultation fees, patient feedback and even one-window systems to book appointments with them. Its smart system allows you to go from typing your symptoms to finding out the nearest doctor available, whether on appointment or urgent basis.

Available on Google Play Store and iOS Appstore

Price: Free

iCliniq

iCliniq is an app that operates in the space of providing consultations to doctors, in essence pitching itself as ‘the virtual hospital’. With a database of 800+ doctors boasting of specialization across 70 fields, the app promises to provide widespread accessibility to users, regardless of their physical or monetary situation. The app also allows users to upload images of symptoms or medical reports alongside their queries to doctors. iCliniq, bringing the dispensary to you!

Available on Google Play Store

Price: Free (in-app items chargeable)

HealthyOut

Often the primary issue with remaining healthy is the question of eating out, which often consists of dishes that are heavy on flavour and taste but poor on nutrient quotient. That is where this app comes into play, providing you with healthier alternatives in the menu and even scouring out for restaurants that fall within your preferred calorie range, offer more health-effective fare or adhere to your dietary requirements (strictly vegetarian, vegan, fruitarian, etc.)

Available on Google Play Store

Price: Free

Water Your Body

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For those among us who cannot keep up with even the most basic of health measures, which is drinking water timely, this app acts as a reminding and tracking entity to inculcate our drinking habits without driving us to rehab, dehydration or the bathroom one too many times. WYB reminds and tracks your daily intake of water, enabling you to keep track of your regularity and fulfilling this rudimentary but nonetheless vital step toward health.

Available on Google Play Store and iOS AppStore

Price: Free

So don’t fret about that waistline, take steps to get your weight back in line! But remember to make sure your health is indeed covered on all bases. Compare options using your smartphone. Always remember to check with Royal Sundaram Health Insurance to find the best option for your well-being; for instance, check out Royal Sundaram’s Lifeline health plans as it provides a good variety of Health and Wellness benefits, available through a specialised portal created solely for this purpose.

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