Hey loves! Who else is on a mission to be a healthier you this year? It took a quarter of the year to start for Zane and me, but hey, better than nothing, right?! I have always been the type to go at my own pace and begin when it is best for me — doesn’t have to be at the beginning of the year; starting is starting!
Looking for the right health app to help you on your wellness journey? I know it can be overwhelming with so many options out there. But don’t worry; I’ve got your back! In this blog post, we’ll explore what to look for when choosing a healthcare app that’s the perfect fit for you. (Keep in mind that these are my findings from doing my own research, so I always recommend doing your own as well.)
Protecting Your Data: Why HIPAA Compliance is Crucial
You would not believe how many apps sell your information to other companies. We just experienced this with car insurance with Zane and were shocked that only using his legal name linked him back to his whole family and their information!
So yeah, when it comes to anything personal to you, it’s crucial to ensure your data is protected when using any app, especially health ones. Please be sure to look for health apps that are HIPAA compliant, meaning they comply with legislation to protect your sensitive information. HIPAA-compliant software development ensures that those apps protect all your data. Any reputable health app will make this clear on the App Store description.
Choosing an App with Qualified Physicians
Am I the only one who does full background research on my physicians? Ever since COVID, everything has become remote, including therapy. Which is so nice for introverts like me, haha. But we got to make sure the health app has qualified professionals who can provide accurate and licensed advice.
The best healthcare apps can manage your physical and mental health and wellness. Ensure your app includes therapy from registered counselors (like Talkspace) and fully qualified doctors who can provide face-to-face and telephone appointments.
The Importance of Fitness Integration
Fitness integration is also an essential factor to consider when choosing a healthcare app. Look for apps like Aaptiv that offer tailored fitness plans that cater to your fitness level and personal goals. Easy-to-follow routines and workout plans are ideal for helping you improve your health through exercise.
Getting the Right Nutrition Advice
Nutrition advice is another crucial feature to consider; apps like My Fitness Pal can track your food intake and provide healthy alternatives without punishing you for what you eat. Remember that nutritional advice should never punish you for the food you eat but help you find healthy alternatives or options to boost your overall health and wellness.
Easy-to-Follow Advice: The Key to Success
The best health apps should offer easy-to-follow advice that is actionable and tailored to your individual needs. They should provide achievable goals, nutritional advice, and lifestyle advice, from cutting back on drinking to how to have a better sleep cycle.
Cost-Effective Apps: Finding the Best Bang for Your Buck
Many apps offer free downloads with in-app purchases or upgrades for certain features; for example, My Fitness Pal’s barcode scanner requires the premium package. Make sure you review all your options and find one that offers all the functions you need for a reasonable price.
Finding the right health app for your wellness journey in 2023 can be manageable. By keeping these key factors in mind, you can ensure that you choose a health app that will support your health and wellness goals. So go ahead, give it a try, and let’s get started on your journey to better health!