Three great health apps

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YOUR OWN GYM BUDDY

The idea of get­ting fit of­ten comes with feel­ings of terror, dis­com­fort and self-con­scious­ness, es­pe­cially if you don’t do gyms or group classes.

Thank­fully, the Argus fit­ness app will be­come your faith­ful gym buddy, as well as be­ing your per­sonal nu­tri­tion­ist and trainer – count­ing your daily steps and how much wa­ter you drink. It will even warn you to slow down when the tem­per­a­tures are too hot for high-in­ten­sity run­ning.

With a slick user in­ter­face and pretty ac­cu­rate read­ings, this app is per­fect for both be­gin­ners and more in­tense ath­letes. Af­ter a brief try­out, it also ap­pears less heavy on data and bat­tery life than apps such as Pacer and Nike+Run­ning. – Binwe Ade­bayo

THE EASY WAY TO CHOOSE HEALTH­IER FOOD

The Healthy­Food Switch app does just what it’s named for by mak­ing those tough ev­ery­day choices – be­tween some­thing you think is healthy and some­thing that is ac­tu­ally healthy – just a mat­ter of a quick photo scan. All you need to do is down­load the app and hold up the cam­era on your smart­phone to the bar­code of any prod­uct stocked in Pick n Pay or Wool­worths, and the app will give you a de­tailed nu­tri­tional break­down of the prod­uct. It will rate how healthy it is for you, and then pro­vides a list of healthy and health­ier op­tions avail­able to you in that store. If you down­load the app this month and per­form a scan in the store, you could also win one of 200 R500 weekly food vouch­ers through Dis­cov­ery Vi­tal­ity. – Gar­reth van Niek­erk

AN APP TO MAKE YOU BE­LIEVE

With more than 155 bricks and mor­tar stores around the world, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore the Lorna Jane brand found some foot­ing in the dig­i­tal world. The best el­e­ments of Lorna Jane’s fa­mous Move Nour­ish Be­lieve phi­los­o­phy are used as the struc­tural foun­da­tions of this stylish app. You can track your move­ments, find de­li­cious recipes and get daily in­spi­ra­tion, all from your phone. In the Move sec­tion, keep track of your run­ning, walk­ing and cy­cling with GPS track­ing on a map in­ter­face; the Nour­ish tab en­cour­ages you to pro­vide for your body’s needs with 100 de­li­cious recipes; and the Be­lieve sec­tion will help you to “feed your mind and spirit” with in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries and quotes to keep you go­ing. Gar­reth van Niek­erk You can find all

three of these free apps in the

iTunes or Play stores

ARGUS

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