Apps To Your Health

Worried about getting sick with the flu? Or maybe you just need motivation for getting fit. There's an app for that. Two apps can make an impact on your health and peace of mind.

“So here we have a stability shoe.” Jimmy Norris knows how important it is for runners to have a good pair of shoes. He's an avid runner himself and the manager of Peak Performance at 78th and Cass in Omaha. “You stay healthy and fit your whole life too as a runner, so it's not something that you need a team for or equipment for. All you need is a pair of shoes and the road.”

And maybe a smartphone with a running app to track your progress, but this app is different. “Most of them are about the same as far as what they chart, what they show on the app. The main difference being here is you're helping out a charity and getting fit at the same time.”

It's called Charity Miles. Before you begin you choose from a list of charities you would like to benefit, then start running. The app uses GPS to track your progress and for every mile you run, Charity Miles donates 25 cents to the charity you chose. No money comes out of your pocket. You just have to allow the app to promote your progress on your Facebook page.

Another health-related app is actually for Facebook and it’s very timely. It's called Help, My Friend Gave Me The Flu. It scans all of your friends’ posts and looks for key words like sneezing, vomiting and coughs and gives you the likely culprit. It may not cure you of the flu, but it can give you a clue as to how you caught the virus. So if you're trying to get healthy or just stay healthy, of course there's an app for that.

You don't have to be an athlete to do good. Charity Miles also works for walking and biking. The app is available for both Android compatible phones and iPhones.


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