Fit for Purpose: The 10 Best Health and Fitness Apps for the GALAXY Note II

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Can a phone make you fitter? You certainly won’t win any weightlifting medals carrying the GALAXY Note II! But with a huge array of apps offering to help with your weight and your wellbeing, the Note II can become your portable personal trainer. Here’s our pick of the best health and fitness apps for the Samsung GALAXY Note II.

FatSecret Calorie Counter

FatSecret Calorie Counter

Free Get it here

This handy app makes keeping an eye on your diet much less of a chore. It has a huge database of foods listed by type and brand, as well as calorie, fat and carb figures for meals on many chain restaurant menus.

It also helps with healthy shopping, as a click of the Note II's camera in the direction of a barcode will come back with all the nutritional information you need.

Tell the app what you eat throughout the day and it will even keep track of how much you’ve had – and how much more you’re allowed!


Sleep As Android

Sleep as Android

Free Get it here

A good night's sleep is important for your physical and mental health, and this app helps you get the right amount (and quality) of shut-eye you need.

Simply place your Note II by your bedside and the app will use the smartphone’s tilt sensors to measure your sleep patterns and build up a picture of how you sleep each night.

Over time it will recommend different wake-up times to make sure that you don’t wake during deep sleep and get the maximum amount of rest.

It can even wake you with a soothing, fade-up alarm that you can only turn off by solving a puzzle!


Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run!

£2.74 Buy it here

The hardest part of any exercise plan is maintaining the proper motivation. If the promise of health and fitness isn't enough, how about not being eaten by a horde of ravenous zombies?

Part exercise app, part role-playing game, Zombies, Run! sets you missions which involve running or jogging different distances to collect supplies for your zombie-survival bunker, and comes complete with the snarls and moans of pursuing zombies snapping at your heels!

By completing the missions, you earn points to spend on zombie-proofing your bunker and progress to further stages of the plot. Whatever you do, don't look behind you!


NHS Direct

NHS Direct

Free Get it here

Answer simple, multiple-choice questions to identify your symptoms with this handy free app.

Starting with a general area of complaint (say, stomach pains or nose bleed), the app will narrow things down by asking you the kind of questions an NHS triage nurse would ask.

The result might be useful self-treatment advice, including downloadable guides to different ailments, but most of the time the real purpose is to reassure you there is nothing to worry about, or to encourage you to seek medical help if the symptoms point to something serious.

At the bottom of the screen is a contact button that puts you through to a human being if you are genuinely concerned.


GlucaTrends Diabetes

GlucaTrends Diabetes

Free Get it here

Current Department of Health figures suggest that one in 10 people will develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. With GlucaTrends, you can log your daily diet and monitor your blood sugar levels to make sure you aren't in any danger.

The app can upload your data to the web for safekeeping and analysis and you can also set alarms to remind you to take your medication, eat or take blood sugar readings.


Instant Heart Rate Pro

Instant Heart Rate Pro

£1.24 Buy it here

Accurately measuring your heart rate is an important part of any serious fitness programme – but it’s not always convenient to carry a heart rate monitor with you. Luckily, when it’s combined with this app, your Note II has one built-in, in the form of its camera and LED flash!

Place a fingertip over the Note II's camera and Instant Heart Rate Pro will work out your heart rate using colour changes in your finger that are directly linked to your pulse.

Known as pulse oximetry, it’s surprisingly accurate and this Pro version of the app will keep track of changes to your heart rate over time.


Pocket Yoga

Pocket Yoga

£1.89 Buy it here

Pocket Yoga will guide you through sequences of yoga positions with varying difficulty to stretch your body and your mind. It comes with an illustrated library of poses with audio descriptions to guide you through each one, including the correct way to breathe.

There are 27 different yoga sessions built in, and you can soundtrack them using your own music library or with a selection of relaxing, ambient pieces.


JEFIT Pro

JEFIT Pro

£3.74 Buy it here

JEFIT is aimed at bodybuilders and anyone who wants to tone their muscles with some targeted exercise. With more than 500 exercises described through animations and text, the app lets you target specific muscle groups or create more rounded routines for general fitness.

It also syncs with your login on the JEFIT website to keep track of your progress and download new workout routines to your Note II, drawn from a huge database of professional and user-generated workouts.


Runkeeper

Runkeeper

Free Get it here

Don't let the name fool you. Runkeeper will track almost any type of physical activity that involves moving from one place to another – from hiking to downhill skiing. It uses the Note II's built-in GPS to follow your progress, then lets you review it later on a map.

You can set goals, get notifications on new personal bests and share your efforts online. Subscribers to Runkeeper's Elite service can even watch each other run in real time!


Drop And Give Me Twenty!

Drop and Give Me Twenty!

Free Get it here

Android software on the Note II supports many different inputs, from Bluetooth to the unique S Pen. Drop and Give Me Twenty! doesn't call for any innovative hardware, but we bet it’s the only app to accept nose input.

Yes, this simple but brilliant press-up counter relies on your nose touching the screen with every rep. It sounds daft, but it really works and the built-in workout plan will gradually ramp up the difficulty, promising to take you from a few wobbly-armed efforts to a straight 100 in just six weeks.

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