5 Apps to Help You Reach Your Health Goals

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Reading this on your smartphone or tablet? You should take charge of your health using apps, too.

Apps can help you get motivated, track your fitness progress, and monitor certain chronic conditions. Plus, being proactive with your health can help keep you out of the doctor's office and potentially lower your health care costs.

Check out these five senior-friendly apps that can help you get healthy and stay healthy. Remember to check with your doctor to make sure the apps and exercises below are safe for you.

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1. MapMyWalk

Using MapMyWalk, you can track your walking routes and record details of your workout. It tells you your distance, pace, calorie burn, elevation, and more. Walking offers many health benefits, including reduced risk of obesity, heart disease, and stroke. Cardiovascular exercise also helps release endorphins, which can boost your mood. It's recommended to get 30 minutes a day for seniors and people of all ages.

2. Pocket Yoga

You don't have to fold into a pretzel to reap the benefits of yoga. With Pocket Yoga, you can try simple yoga poses in the comfort of your home. You choose between different practices, durations, and skill levels. Not only does yoga offer physical health benefits like improved flexibility and stability, but it's good for your mental health, too. Yoga can help reduce stress, which may be helpful for both anxiety and depression.

3. Medisafe

It may sound simple: Take your medicines every day. But with multiple doses or several medicines, it can get confusing. With Medisafe, you can use your phone to set daily digital reminders to take your meds. You can also get tips on the medicines you're taking, receive motivational progress reports, and learn about discounts on certain medicines.

4. Blood Pressure Companion

High blood pressure is one of the most common diseases. With Blood Pressure Companion, you can track your blood pressure, heart rate, and weight. When your blood pressure is abnormal, you can take quick actions to find the reason and keep it from growing higher. Plus, you can share your measurements with your doctor.

5. MyFitnessPal

Whether you want to lose weight, get healthy, change your habits, or start a new diet, MyFitnessPal can help you. With this app, it's easy to log what you're eating and the exercises you're doing. Tracking your progress is especially important if you're following a certain regimen for chronic conditions. MyFitnessPal works with Apple Watch®, so you can track all your steps on the go.

You can do it

Technology can be intimidating, but millions of seniors are already taking advantage of these apps to achieve their health goals. Need a little motivation to kick-start a new fitness plan? Check out .

MapMyWalk, Pocket Yoga, Medisafe, Blood Pressure Companion and MyFitnessPal are the trademarks of their respective owners. Apple Watch is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

Amy Capomaccio is a health care writer at Aetna with experience in senior wellness, Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial health care. When she's not practicing new mindfulness techniques, Amy is spending time outdoors and traveling. Amy hails from Wakefield, MA and has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Tampa.