59283 Best Apps: Healthcare/Fitness David Averbach Benjamin Katz iPhone Life 1528-5456 2010-09-23 NovDec2010_BuyersGuide 2 5 45 Apps Healthcare & Fitness

imageGenerally, you'll find these apps to be much less technical than those in the Medical section, which are more designed for doctors and nurses. There are apps in this section that can show you how to reduce stress, help you count calories, and stay on track with your weight loss plan. Some even show you how to perform CPR and guide you through a number of first aid procedures. Whether you consider yourself a health nut, a fitness enthusiast, or just want to make a few healthy changes to your lifestyle, you're sure to find something in this section.

Best of the Best

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker (Free, app2.me/2793) includes quick food and exercise data entry and a database with over 450,000 foods.

iFitness ($1.99, iPad version available, app2.me/2448) is a comprehensive exercise database that provides clear pictures, videos, and instructions.

Lose It! (Free, app2.me/2457) Establish a daily calorie budget and set goals, then enables you to meet them.

WebMD Mobile (Free, app2.me/2791) Check your symptoms, access drug and treatment information, get first aid essentials, and check local health listings on the go.

Yoga Apps

Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra & Tara Stiles ($1.99, app2.me/2796) includes instructional poses and videos from beginner to experienced levels of practice with audio and video instructions by Deepak Chopra.

Hatha Yoga – Your portable yoga studio ($9.99, app2.me/2797) includes stop-motion visuals that show you how to move, while the voice of world-renowned instructor Prahlada guides you through a wide range of built-in, easy-to-customize classes.

YOGA Instructor ($3.99, app2.me/2798) takes you through six well-known sun salutations, using guided audio and custom length poses.

Yoga RELAX ($0.99, app2.me/2799) includes audio commentary, images, and music. It caters to a gentler morning or night session that benefits all levels.

Yoga STRETCH ($0.99, app2.me/2800) has traditional yoga poses sequencing with a Vinyasa flow.

Weight Loss Apps

Calorie Counter (Free, app2.me/2764) Find nutritional info for the food you eat and easily keep track of your meals, exercise, and weight.

iFitness (see "Best of the Best")

Lose It! (see "Best of the Best")

Women's Health

iPeriod Ultimate ($1.99, iPad and free version available, app2.me/2766) View your menstrual cycles at a glance with emoticons, unique icons symbolizing your symptoms, expected periods, fertile days, ovulation, and weight.

iPregnancy ($4.99, app2.me/2765) helps you keep track of your pregnancy and is actually written by a practicing Ob/Gyn.

MyOBGYN ($0.99, lite version available, app2.me/2767) gives answers to 1,000+ of the most common women's health topics, from birth control and periods to pregnancy and labor.

To Help You Sleep

Ambiance ($2.99, app2.me/2772) plays background noises designed to help you fall asleep. Also has sounds for focusing / relaxing.

Pure Sleep | AmbiScience ($0.99, premium version available, app2.me/2773) uses a combination of ambient electronica and a variety of effective programs that attune your brain to desired states of mind for sleep.

Sleep Cycle ($0.99, app2.me/2801) is an alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase.