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Smart Phone Apps for Healthier Kidneys

written by Guest Blogger August 25, 2014

As a great follow up to last week’s post on the 10 Technological Wonders For Weight Loss & Health, here’s a few more mobile apps that can help you get healthier. Check out what our kidney and heart health guest blogger picked out of the hundreds of health-related mobile apps for you to try out.

Hundreds of thousands of people are diagnosed with kidney disease every year, but there are multiple ways to aid those who are affected. Along with vitamins specifically designed for kidney disease patients and other prescribed medications, many holistic approaches have shown to both improve the lives of those diagnosed with kidney disease and to prevent it all together.

Diet and exercise are known to be important parts of treatment and prevention. With the help of smart phone apps, monitoring your health can be easy.

argus-mobile-appMany Americans struggle with the idea of regular exercise. People find it hard to take time out of their day to exercise. Modern conveniences such as phone apps make those problems disappear. Anyone can go on their phone and get access to tons of inexpensive or free apps that do everything from monitoring daily calorie intake to setting the user up with his or her own “virtual trainer.”

The possibilities are endless with the amount of apps available. Since these apps are so accessible and easy to use, all of the “ I can’t exercise” excuses don’t hold up anymore.

ARGUS – Exercise Monitoring App

Now that we have assessed the huge benefits of walking, it’s time to make exercise easier! Everyone walks at least a little bit everyday. Increasing the amount you walk by just 1-2 miles a day can drastically improve kidney function. Using exercise-monitoring apps like ARGUS for example, increasing activity level becomes easy.

Argus has a built-in pedometer that links to your smart phone. All you have to do is walk around with your phone in your pocket and you will know the exact distance you walked per day. The app shows steps, heart rate and burned calories. Knowing how much you have already walked per day will make customizing workouts a cinch.

The app also helps create a personal workout plan based on the users weight and activity level. Best of all, it is free! Walking your way towards healthy kidneys has never been easier.

The Jefit Workout

Ready for the next step? Along with low-level cardio such as walking, patients with kidney disease can benefit from light weight-lifting. Everyone knows how to do the basics like bicep curls, but what else can you do with weights and other gym equipment? The “Jefit Workout” app is the answer.

The app provides a list of exercises to do with weights and shows you how to do them with pictures. You can create your own workout by choosing from the scroll down list of exercises. The app classifies the level of each exercise so you know what you are getting yourself into. The app also tracks your sets and reps and shows what muscles you’re exercising. ($4.99)

MyFitnessPal

Ultimately, combining exercise with a healthy diet is the best way to prevent and manage kidney disease. With the MyFitnessPal app, it is easy to monitor both how many calories you have consumed and how many calories you have burned with exercise per day. It inputs your current weight and goal weight and tells you how many calories you can eat per day and still maintain a healthy weight.

The user can input any food that he or she has eaten including food from restaurant chains and the app will calculate how many calories each item contains. You can also input exercise and the app will tell you how many calories you have burned (ex. 1 mile= 200 calories burned). At the end of the day the user knows the exact status of his or her calorie intake. Monitoring calories helps maintain a healthy weight, which is crucial for people with kidney disease.

Kidney disease can be a very manageable disease if the correct precautions are taken to stop progression. With these very accessible apps, living a healthy, active life may not be all that difficult.

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Article contributed by ProRenal, a doctor-formulated kidney supplement and daily multivitamin to support kidney and heart health.

Ah ha! Here are two guest bloggers who have recommended MyFitnessPal. Perhaps this is the first one we should try! Have you any experience with any of these mobile apps?

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