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10 Health and Fitness Apps: Eat, Sleep, and Work Out Better

1. EYESIGHT
App: Vision
Cost: $1
Why You Need It: Give yourself an eye exam, learn which exercises and vitamins will improve vision, and, just for kicks, explore optical illusions.
Works On: iPhone


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2. NUTRITION
App: Fooducate
Cost: Free
Why You Need It: Scans food barcodes and analyzes ingredients lists, allowing you to compare products and select healthier alternatives.
Works On: iPhone, Android


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3. POSTURE
App: PostureScreen Mobile
Cost: $8
Why You Need It: Designed for physical therapists, this app will use your photograph to analyze posture and show you where alignment is off.
Works On: iPhone


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4. HEART
App: Instant Heart Rate
Cost: Free
Why You Need It: It's the ideal workout partner—put your index finger over your phone's camera lens to calculate your heart rate.
Works On: iPhone, Android


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5. WORKOUTS
App: Fitness Buddy
Cost: $1
Why You Need It: Delivers more than 1,000 exercises, 75 customized workouts, 3,000 instructive images and illustrations, and a brilliantly simple interface for tracking your progress.
Works On: iPhone


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6. PAIN
App: Muscle Trigger Points
Cost: $3
Why You Need It: Shows you where pain might be originating (neck tension, for example, often causes back pain) so you can treat the offending pressure points.
Works On: iPhone, Android


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7. SLEEP
App: Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Cost: $1
Why You Need It: Take your iPhone to bed and Sleep Cycle will use the accelerometer to monitor your sleep patterns by your movement and calculate the least disruptive time to wake you.
Works On: iPhone


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8. PHARMACY
App: iPharmacy
Cost: Free
Why You Need It: Gives you drug ratings, possible interactions, and little-known side effects, and can ID stray pills you find in your Dopp kit.
Works On: iPhone, Android


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9. NICOTINE
App: Quit Smoking
Cost: Free
Why You Need It: This Azati app weans you off cigarettes in a step-down program and then tracks how many days you've been cig-free—and how much money you've saved.
Works On: Android


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10. SKIN
App: SpotCheck
Cost: Free
Why You Need It: Take a picture of a worrisome mole on your skin and a dermatologist will send you a diagnosis within 24 hours.
Works On: iPhone

—Heather Hurlock




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