Your 2015 Digital Health Guide

Do you have a 2015 health resolution? Check out these amazing apps and you might just achieve your goal faster than you thought!

Now that we’re halfway through the second decade of the 21st century, it’s time to embrace the digital world and maximize the benefits it offers — especially when it comes to improving our health. If you’ve worked out your 2015 new year’s resolution list and it includes ‘improve my health’, it’s a good idea to turn to the internet to increase your chances of achieving this goal.

However, browsing through hundreds of websites and downloading scores of potentially useful health apps can be a pain. That’s why we’ve done your homework for you! Here are some of Urban Health’s favourite picks to help you tackle that health resolution and improve your overall well-being too.

 

Gadgets and Mobile Apps

#1 myHealthmyhealth

An app created for the local community by the Ministry of Health (MOH), myHealth provides information on health risks and assessment information. It also lists registered practitioners, products, hospital locations, health facilities in the country and much more. This app is a must-have for every Malaysian as accurate health information is just a tap away.

 

#2 RunKeeperrunkeeper

Is running a marathon on your 2015 new year’s resolution list? Keep track of your training route with this app. It tracks runs, walks, bike rides and so on. All you have to do is turn the GPS on your iPhone and it’ll be available to track the training route you’ve taken. Even if you’re not planning to run a marathon, this app is just perfect for anyone who would like to stay fit.

Note: Only available for iPhone users.

 

#3 Kegel Trainer Lite  kegel traine lite

Ladies, we’ve got some great news! Are you forgetting to do your daily Kegel exercise? A regular Kegel routine will go a long way toward strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. This will help prevent problems like incontinence. This app not only prompts you with daily reminders, it is also provides easy-to-follow guidelines so you can do a Kegel session anytime, anywhere.

Note: Only available for iPhone users.

 

#4 Sleep Time sleep time

Planning to increase your snooze time to the ideal 8 or 9 hours and feel fresh when you wake up? Sleep time is an alarm clock that monitors and analyses your sleep cycles. This ingenious little clock is able to identify deep sleep and light sleep phases and it’ll ‘choose’ the best time (your lightest sleep cycle) to wake you up.

 

#5 Glucose Buddy   

glucose buddy

Blood sugar monitoring is crucial, especially if you’re suffering from diabetes. This free app works as a log which allows you to keep of track of your blood sugar readings. Its very user friendly and even sends notifications to remind you to check your blood sugar.  The best part is, the data will be stored in your phone for reference and you can easily take the information along for your next appointment with your doctor.

 

Websites

#1 FitMalaysia 

fitmalaysia

The Youth and Sports Ministry aims to promote and instill the habit of a healthy lifestyle among Malaysians. This healthy movement, which is initiated by the ministry, aims to improve the physical, psychological and social well-being of all Malaysians. FitMalaysia organises healthy events throughout the country as a platform to kickstart a healthy lifestyle. It also encourages Malaysians to find an exercise buddy that they can workout with. There’s even an app which allows you and your buddy to plan your exercise routine. Visit www.fit.my.

 

#2 Neilarey 

neilarey

There’s no reason to say ‘no’ to exercise especially when you can do it in the comfort of your own home. Neilarey (www.neilarey.com) consists of hundreds of different types of workouts for you to try out. From abs and legs workouts to those with themes such as Fantastic Four and The Amazing Spiderman, the website keeps your workouts fun and exciting. The best part is, each exercise routine is represented visually in a simple, clear infographic works as a handy guideline. Other fascinating content on the website includes recipes, nutrition tips and inspirational snippets.

 

#3 Doktorbudak 

doktorbudak

Malaysia now has its very own website for child health and its created by medical experts! Be sure to bookmark this site as it contains vital information for every parent. If you have a query about your child’s health, you can also click on the ‘AskDoktorBudak’ tab which provides you with a list of possible questions and answers. If you still can’t find the answers you’re looking for, submit your question to the experts via an online form which is available under the ‘Ask DoktorBudak’ tab.  Visit www.doktorbudak.com to know more.

 

Social Media

#1 Greatistgreatlist

Hooked on Instagram? Greatist is an account that you should consider following. Greatist believes that healthy equals happy and its inspirational quotes and pictures (along with a touch of humour) are bound to brighten up your day.

 

#2 Breast Cancer Survivors & Warriors 

breast cancer survivorsThis is a Facebook support group that’s made up of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in Malaysia and Singapore. The group is also suitable for friends and family members too. Posts on this Facebook group are mainly stories by cancer survivors who share important insights about life during and after treatment.

 

It doesn’t matter if your aim is to lose weight, practice clean eating or to stay healthy in general, it is time to stop procrastinating. Give yourself the gift of health and happiness in 2015. Happy New Year!

 

Have you downloaded the Urban Health app?

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to download the ‘Urban Health Magazine’ app which is available for both Apple and Android. You’ll get the digital version of Urban Health that you can read on-the-go! You should also log on to our website (www.urbanhealth.com.my) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/UrbanHealthMag) for tips on how to stay healthy as well as links to important health information and articles.

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