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Smartphones are everywhere, and currently, they’re in the hands of about 17 million Australians, according to The Statistics Portal.

But while there may be many negatives to these nifty gadgets, there are also plenty of positives to take away. From monitoring your physical health and fitness, through to managing your medical progress and wellbeing—here’s a list of Android and iPhone apps to help you make good changes in your life.

1: BeyondNow

Beyondblue estimates nearly 50 per cent of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. That’s why this smartphone app promotes a suicide safety plan that can be personalised by the user.

The designers have created this application to be filled with positivity. Best of all, users can share the app with loved ones to have their own support system that holds them accountable to daily goals and tasks.

Convenient and confidential, BeyondNow app puts your suicide safety plan in your pocket so you can access and edit it at any time.

Price: FREE

2: ReachOut Breathe

ReachOut Australia helps under 25s through everyday issues and tough times in life. It’s also aimed at helping parents, schools and offices understand battles children and teenagers may be going through.

The site is accessed by over 132,000 Australians per month, and their latest application—ReachOut Breathe—was created to help reduce the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety, by slowing down breathing and heart rates.

Utilising in-built heart rate smartphone monitors that are in certain smartphones ReachOut Breathe guides users through step-by-step processes. It’s the perfect app for long days in the office, stressful periods or just for a timeout.

Price: FREE

  1. Freeletics

Freeletics is a comprehensive personal training and fitness system, featuring more than four applications on the App Store.

The most popular strand of the Freeletics  range is Freeletics Bodyweight—a comprehensive app that assists the user in training their muscles anywhere, anytime with zero equipment.

With plenty of personalised screens, the user is led through a comprehensive body analysis to determine their fitness goals, body composition and lifestyle. Registration is free and there are over 11 million users worldwide, so the community is large.

Other apps in the series include Freeletics Running, Freeletics Gym, and Freeletics Nutrition.

Freeletics Gym in particular, focuses on comprehensive sports science and data analysis to help the user meet their achieving their athletic goals.

Developed by professional athletes and sports scientists in America, Freeletics places emphasis on the ‘free’ nature of their services, with the option of premium subscriptions that are still a lot cheaper than gym memberships.

Price: FREE

4: Micromedex

Micromedex is a simple pharmaceutical reference app with features such as drug dosages and medicine recommendations.

Users search the name of a specific medication to find out how it should be taken, as well as any potential side effects. There is also functionality to search by ailment for drug recommendations that will combat your medical problem, from the standard fever to lice control.

Micromedex is in-depth, yet simplistic, so anyone can quickly find what they’re looking for.

Note: This app is america-based so there are some minor differences in brand names common in Australia. It’s still highly recommended to see your regular GP for medical advice and specific queries on medication.

Price: $3.00

5: Swap It, Don’t Stop It

Information from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals almost two in three Australians are obese.

These statistics prompted the Australian Government to develop Swap It, Don’t Stop It to help the everyday Aussie make healthier choices.

The platform shows you how to make smarter food choices from swapping sweets for nuts, to getting more exercise in your day. There’s also support to shop smart, save calories and information on how to join local exercise classes.

You can track your progress and set alerts to remind you when it’s time to make a swap.

Price: FREE

Category: Wellness

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Article by: Defence Health