Keeping Track of your Blood Pressure on the iPad and iPhone

Screen shot 2013-09-08 at 6.34.24 PMThere comes the time in most everyone’s life when they are required by a doctor to keep track of their blood pressure readings.

Of course you could write it down in a notebook … but this is much more fun!

Let me be clear. You do not take your blood pressure with this app. You simply record it, and let the app deal with your data in a multitude of ways.

(I apologize for the screenshots of the screenshots, but even though I enjoy sharing, to share all my own blood pressure numbers is a bit too much sharing :) )

This app is easy to use. You can view your data in charts and graphs, and the MOST wonderful thing, in my opinion, is that with one tap of a button you can send all your data directly to your doctor.

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iBP is available in the iTunes store for iPhone and iPad for 99¢

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Get Off the Couch and Get Fit with Couch-to-5k

Autumn is my very favorite season. I love the crisp air and the glorious colorful leaves. It is the time of year that I love to take walks. And so yesterday I hit the local rail-trail. (Blog photo above is from yesterday’s walk, taken with the iPhone 5, just a quick snap and no-editing).

I was not alone on the trail. Bikers, walkers and runners were all taking advantage of the perfect day.

There are many wonderful fitness apps, but the one that I thought I’d share today is Couch-to-5k.

If you are a new runner, or someone who is even thinking about running, this app might be something that you would like to try.

All you do is …… touch START.

That’s it! So very easy to use. A human voice will guide you. (You have the choice of 3 virtual coaches). He/she will tell you to walk, and after a while he/she will tell you to run (briefly) and then walk again. Run, then walk, repeat, repeat. For 30 minutes.

The beginning intervals start with just a minute and a half of jogging, followed by 2 minutes of walking, repeat, repeat.

Each week the workout changes somewhat. A subtle increase. A little tiny bit more running, and a little less walking. The intervals of running increase slightly as you gradually improve.

These workouts gently shift your activity from walking to running.

You can play your own music through the app, and you will still hear the voice giving you your prompts.

Personally, I am not ever going to be a runner. I can’t even walk very fast. But I still enjoy the encouraging voice and I use the “running time” to speed up my walk just a bit. It also keeps me honest by walking for a full 30 minutes.

But for someone who would like to run, and needs some help to get started, this app would be incredibly valuable.

Engadget and Runner’s World both think highly of Couch to 5k, and you can see their praise highlighted here in the app description. Couch to 5K is $1.99 in the iTunes store.

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