3 free apps to measure how healthy you are


Are you obsessed with measuring your health; whether it’s checking weight reduction on the scales, muscle growth with the measuring tape or calories burned on the treadmill?  Well, let us assist you with your obsession.

We have uncovered three apps which provide you with the tools to monitor, quantify, calculate and evaluate your health at the mere click of a download button.

With the apps developed by Azumio Inc, you can measure your heart rate and your stress levels (apparently, increased stress levels can be healthy!).  The third app watches you while you sleep (not really, that’s creepy!). Sleep Cycle measures your sleep and presents you with an analysis of sleep quality.  Bonus: it’s an alarm clock too!

You may not have much confidence in the accuracy of the apps’ results, but it provides many minutes of entertainment and a moment of smug satisfaction that you are indeed health conscious. Download our top three healthy apps for April:

Instant Heart Rate
By Azumio Inc.
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Use your smartphone to find out your heart rate in less than 10 seconds! Instant Heart Rate is continuously rated as the world’s best mobile heart rate measurement app and is trusted by Stanford’s leading cardiologists for use in clinical trials. Place the tip of your index finger on the iPhone’s camera, and in a couple of seconds, your pulse will be shown!

Stress Check – Lite
By Azumio Inc.
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Stress Check is the most innovative tool available to manage your emotional and physical stress level. Everyone has experienced changes in heart rate before taking an exam, giving a public speech, or when exercising. Not only does your heart rate increase, but the amount of time between consecutive heart beats changes as well. By measuring heart rate variability (HRV) using your smartphones built-in camera, you can estimate your level of stress in just two minutes wherever you are!

Sleep Cycle alarm clock
By Northcube AB
Cost: Free (iPhone) & $1.49 (Android)
Available: iTunes and Google Play
An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. Sleep Cycle helps millions of people to wake up rested. A review by The Guardian said: “The result is so gentle and lovely it feels like being woken up by a mermaid stroking your hair or a unicorn nuzzling your toes”.

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