What it is: Sworkit is a fitness app that provides stretching, cardio and yoga workouts on demand
What devices: Iphone, Ipads and Android devices
Cost: Free or for a fee a premium version that is ad-free and has access to a broader range of exercise plans
Who should use it: Patients, caretakers and physicians, pretty much anyone and everyone
Why use it: Sworkit limits excuses. This the best most portable exercise program around. Every exercise program in the Sworkit app requires no equipment. All you need for good work out is your phone and a little space. If you have 5 minutes at the office, you can use Sworkit. If you have 15 minutes in your hotel room while traveling, you can use Sworkit. Sworkit eliminates the barriers you have to the cardiovascular exercise we need for optimal health.
When you download the Sworkit app, you have access to a guided set of exercises. Sworkit will take you through set of exercises based on your preferences for yoga, strength training, cardio or stretching. The programs can last as long as 60 minutes or can be done in as little as 5 minutes. Each exercise movement can be seen on your device screen as a video which shows you exactly what to do. There is a voice overlay prompt and a timer to tell you when to move on to the next movement. The benefit of being able to tap an app and then have a guided exercise program is unparalleled.
The Premium features are included for $7.99 monthly fee or $59.99 for the year and include access to several extra exercise routines and the ability to use guided workout plans or customize workouts the way you want. The Premium version is ad-free but the ads in the Free version are not that distracting at all.
Download Sworkit today and you can have a digital personal trainer lead you in a great exercise routine anytime and anywhere you and your phone can go.
October 2017 Heads Up Concussion and Helmet Safety App
The other component of the Head Up app is a very in depth look at the information all parents, coaches and even healthcare providers need to know about head injuries and concussions. There is information on basic signs to look out for, both from an adult and child participants point of view. There are danger signs to review to see if emergency personnel need to be activated. There are great guidelines to follow to help those children who have had a concussion to help them return to school, succeed in school and eventually return to the plain sports. There are options to be linked directly to the CDC’s website for further information.
Overall this app is a must have for everyone involved in youth sports to be aware of the risks of head injuries, work on prevention and if needed, helped an injured athlete recover successfully.
Title: Simple Contacts
What it is: Mobile eye exam and contact purchasing app
What devices: iPhone and any internet connected computer
Cost: Free to download app, (contacts can be purchased through the app)
Who should use it: Anyone at least 18 years old who wears contacts, no recent changes in vision and no significant eye disorders
Why use it: For everyone out there that has tried to wear their contacts longer than recommended to stretch out their remaining supply of contacts, this app is for you. Simple Contacts is a mobile app that puts you in control of obtaining an eye exam and purchasing contacts on your schedule.
Simple Contacts turns your iPhone or computer into a personalized eye exam. Through the app, videos of your eyes are captured while looking up, down and to the side. Then the app directs you to set your phone 10 feet away from you, even giving you guidance on how far away you are. Using voice commands, the Simple Contacts app directs you to cover one eye and read letters on your phone, just like at a regular in person eye exam
The feedback on my exam was much faster than I expected. Honestly, I cheated the exam a little, not completely covering my eyes. Within a couple minutes of completing the exam I received a text from Simple Contacts stating that I needed to redo my eye exam. Specifically, the Simple Contacts system had identified my exam because “it didn’t detect that your eyes were covered properly.” I couldn’t fool the app and re-took the eye exam, this time completely covering my eyes as instructed.
Once your exam is complete, the videos are then sent securely to an Ophthalmologist for review. The next morning I received an email from the physician who reviewed my exam. She had recommended that with my significant myopia, that I really need a true retinal evaluation every year.
I was able to choose the exact style of daily contacts I already use and in 4 days, 6 months of contacts arrived in my mailbox. I never stepped foot in a healthcare institution.
To use Simple Contacts, you really need to have a set of contacts you feel are comfortable to just reorder. I would not recommend trying a different brand through this app.
This app does not replace a complete eye exam performed in person. For many people with certain medical conditions, they should always seek routine eye care. If you have glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts or any type of medical condition with ocular manifestations Simple Contacts is not something I would advise.
Overall, Simple contacts is easy to use and the convenience of the app is spectacular. You will never run out of contacts again.
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
April is almost over and I still have not completed my review of the latest health app I have been using. The Health App of the Month will be back and better than ever in May. Hopefully, with time, I will have more posts this summer on many Digital Health topics. As always, if you have any comments, suggestions or ideas for the site, please let me know.