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Flo

Shark week. A visit from Aunt Flow. Moon sickness.

Call it what you want, but if you are a women past puberty you’ll be familiar with this monthly affliction.

For those of you looking to track your period, either looking to get pregnant, track your birth control intake or simply to get familiar with your body, this might just be the app for you.

  1. Overview

Flo is an app that is free on the App store and the Google Play store that allows you to track your whole cycle. You input your cycle settings (cycle length, period length) and it will automatically predict your periods for you. Sometimes shark week can vary, so you can go and adjust it if the prediction is off. You can also log your daily symptoms, to help you find patterns of behavior during each part of your cycle. There are also graphs you can use to view these patterns as well. If connected to Apple Health, this app will carry over the step data to see how active you are. You can set reminders on this app to remind you to take your oral contraceptive, or if you’re looking to conceive there is also a pregnancy mode. Finally, the app dishes out advice/information based on your daily input.

      2. Daily Log

The daily log is a way to track your symptoms every day. Categories include: Lifestyle- where you can track weight, sleep, nutrition, steps, distance, workouts, and water intake; Sex and Sex drive- where you can track if you had protected/unprotected sex, high sex drive, and/or masturbation; Mood- where you can track if you are normal, happy, sad, frisky, mood swings, angry, or panicky; Log symptoms- where you can put if you had cramps, tender breasts, headache, acne, backache, nausea, fatigue, or bloating; Vaginal discharge; and Other- like travel, stress, disease or injury.

From the information you include here, Flo will make predictions and give you advice.

     3. Main Screen

The main screen is where you can see the current day of your cycle and the chance you have of getting pregnant. It also shows symbols of the symptoms you input for that day. You can also see when your next period is predicted to happen.

    4. Privacy

For those of you who don’t want this personal information to fall into the wrong hands, there is a setting on this to set up an access code to prevent anyone else but you from getting in.

    5. Birth Control Reminders

I have my birth control reminders set for every day at 9:30 PM. They will keep sending you reminders until you go into the app and mark that you’ve taken it on time. Unfortunately, there’s no kind of alarm associated with this- it just sends you a text message. However, this is useful if you’ve accidentally turned off your birth control alarm. The only real problem I seem to have with this app is the limited cycle settings. The cycle length only goes up to 70 days, and due to the type of birth control I take, my cycle is 90 days long, causing the period predictions to not be accurate. I contacted support and they said they are currently working on incorporating more types of birth control and if I manually enter in my periods, the app will adjust.

 

BOTTOM LINE: Would I recommend?

I would recommend this to all ladies, whether they are trying to get pregnant, on birth control or not. Being familiar with your body is always useful, especially if you’re trying to become healthier.

I will continue using this app, in conjunction with Jawbone UP, everyday. It is super quick and easy to use.

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Jawbone UP

I know it’s about 3 and a half months after New Years so most of you have probably gave up on your resolution to go to the gym. But for those of you that haven’t, or would like to focus on other aspects of your health such as: steps, mood, sleep and meals- this App is the best one I’ve seen so far.

1. Overview

Available in the App Store and Google Play for free. Compatible for Apple watch and also makes it’s own wearable device you can purchase starting at $20. On the home screen it will display 3 bars- one for sleep, one for your step count and one for your meal score. It recommends tips based on your fitness patterns daily. This home page also displays a timeline of the data you’ve entered. There’s a plus sign at the bottom of the screen where you can easily add data about your sleep, diet, weight, mood, and workouts. There is a menu where you can set goals, examine your trends, find friends, challenge others to duels, connect with other apps and edit your profile.

2.Step Tracking

One of the things I really like about it, is that it hooks up to the Health App that is already on iPhones. This Health App runs in the background, so your steps will be counted without the app being open. This data automatically transfers to UP, making counting your steps an automatic breeze.

3. Meal Tracking

The meal tracking is not perfect but the best I’ve seen so far. It connects to FourSquare so it contains the menu’s/ nutrition data of most of the restaurants in the area. Food is typically easy to find by searching (Entering less words and leaving off the brand name makes the search come out better). It gives you a daily meal score on a scale out of 10. It highlights nutrition categories you can eat as much as you want of (like fiber and unsaturated fat), things you can eat in moderation (like carbs and protein), and things you should eat as little as possible (like sugar, saturated fats, sodium, and cholesterol). It shows you the calories eaten, and the estimated calories you’ll burn. Another neat feature is that you can take a picture of a food’s bar code to pull up the nutrition facts.

4. Sleep tracking

Using this App allows you to track sleep with ease. Simply enter in the time you went to bed and the time you woke up.

5. Workout Tracking

The workout logging is perfect super easy to use because of it’s simplicity. Enter the type of workout (Weights, eliptical, a sport, etc), the intensity of your workout, the start time and the duration.

6. Mood Tracking

This is very simplistic and more focused toward tracking your energy levels than tracking your mood. However, this information is still important when looking at your overall health.

 

BOTTOM LINE: Would I recommend?

I would recommend this to anyone who want’s to track all aspects of their health. There are simpler apps if you just want to track just your steps or mood or sleep. But this is the best I’ve seen for overall and for food tracking. I cant’t speak much for the android app but the iPhone App is very smooth and convenient.

 

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