Most of us live on our phones these days. While some may bemoan this reliance on technology, there are certainly useful elements, especially when it comes to our health. Using technology is a great way to keep you motivated to achieve your goals. For cancer patients, technology can help to keep track of symptoms and other important things like medical appointments, crucial at a time when there is so much upheaval in your life. We’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite health apps which aim to help your general well being and happiness.
One of the most well- known calorie counting apps, MyFitnessPal has helped over 100 million people improve their diet. While we don’t believe calorie counting to be necessary, MyFitnessPal can make it very easy to see what your diet is providing in terms of nutrition. It can also help you to make sure your goals are being met- for example, if you have been advised by your doctor to cut down on sodium, you can set a target for your daily sodium intake on the app. You will then be informed if you have exceeded this limit, so you will learn what foods do not fit in with your goal. The app also contains nutritional information for many of the larger chain restaurants, which makes eating healthy when you’re out much easier. MyFitnessPal also allows you to connect with your friends, so you can support each other in your goals.
Fooducate is an excellent app for helping to choose healthy options when grocery shopping. The app includes a bar code scanner, which reads the food label and gives the food a rating from A-D in terms of healthiness. It will also recommend healthy foods based on what you currently eat, so the variety in your diet can be improved.
Happify is a wellness app that aims to empower you to take control of your happiness, by teaching you the life skills you need. By answering some questions, you will be recommended a track to help with your specific needs- for example stress reduction, reducing negative thoughts or stopping the worry cycle. You can then work on this throughout the week, with support from a community of users. The app will measure how you are doing, so you can see real-time improvements.
This app is specifically helpful to those going through cancer treatment, where chemo brain can leave you feeling as though you’re in a fog. It features specific guides for 120 different types of cancers, so you can source reliable information relevant to you. It allows you to look up your medications, and keep track of any symptoms or side effects from treatment so that you can discuss them with your medical team. It also allows you to note questions for your medical team and record their answers, to make the most of your appointments.
This app is self- explanatory. It tracks your steps per day, giving you a total along with the number of calories that you have burned, distance, walking time and speed per hour. Walking is one of the easiest ways to get in some physical activity, and is the ideal way to reintroduce exercise if you have been unable to do much due to treatment. Having a daily total allows you to set small goals to improve on- you’ll see that all those little changes, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, really add up!