5 Ways Your Smartphone Can Help You Stay Healthy

I use my Smartphone to text friends, check e-mail, and occasionally Tweet or post on Facebook. But apparently some folks–especially young ones–use their Smartphones to stay healthy.

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, which surveys technology trends, young adults are more likely than older adults to use their smartphone to look for health information, “The New York Times” reports. In fact, 3 of the top 5 symptoms people searched for on Yahoo Mobile in January were early pregnancy, herpes and H.I.V.

In addition to providing information about diseases, Smartphones can actually help you stay healthy in many more ways. There are apps that can help you monitor your diabetes, lose the baby weight, and even help you get a good night’s rest. Following are just a few of the many apps that turn your smartphone into a personal trainer (well, not quite, but sorta)…

Here are 5 Healthy Apps:

  • Emergency Care 1 of 5
    Emergency Care
    Of course, it's better to take an actual CPR class, but if it's an emergency, iCPR might come in handy. Before using it, you might want to first ask if there's a doctor in the house.
    Learn more about iCPR here!
  • Heart Healthy 2 of 5
    Heart Healthy
    This app lets you play doctor at home. Developed in collaboration with cardiologist researchers, iStephoscope lets you listen to your own heartbeat. Still, it doesn't mean you can skip your annual physical!
    Purchase iStephoscope here!
  • Eat Right 3 of 5
    Eat Right
    As everyone knows, eating right is the secret to staying healthy (well, it's not really a secret since everyone knows it). But it's not always easy to do. Fooducate will help you scan products in the grocery store and see how healthy they really are--or aren't.
    Learn more about Fooducate here!
  • Run 4 of 5
    Runkeeper is perfect for hardcore marathoners as well as weekend joggers. It's a great way to keep track of your pace--and your progress. Plus, you can post your activity on Facebook or Twitter and let your friends know how buff you are!
    Purchase Runkeeper here!
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Mike Baird
  • Lose Weight 5 of 5
    Lose Weight
    Want to lose weight? Lose It! won't do the hard work for you, but it will count your calories and calculate how much energy you're burning.
    Learn more about Lose It! here

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