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

How your phone can manage your training, help you quit smoking, and eradicate pain. Smart indeed.

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

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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