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Pocket Yoga Builder App Lets You Share and Customize Your Practice

September is National Yoga Month and we’re celebrating by rolling out our mats and brushing up on our poses along with millions of other yogis around the globe. 

As the practice of yoga continues to grow in popularity worldwide, most cities house at least a few yoga studios for  yogis to choose from. However, when becoming a member isn’t an option for some because of scheduling, finances or otherwise, there’s now a new option for making yoga more accessible.

Pocket Yoga Builder - a new mobile app from Rainfrog – lets you create your own individualized yoga session to practice in your home, at the office or on the road. The popular new app allows users to build and edit their own unique yoga session and then choose to keep it private or share it with friends.

The app features a clean and easy-to-use design. Yoga newbies can either create their own practice or rely on the app to suggest moves that flow together in a proper sequence.

By simply selecting “new practice,” the user can either opt for suggested poses or scroll through all 140 poses the program has to choose from. Once poses are chosen the length of time spent on each pose can be altered, as well as the option to add music from your  iTunes library and alter the background to appear as an ocean, desert, or mountain scene.
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Cardiio Mobile App Monitors Heart Rate with a Quick Scan of the Face

Monitoring you heart rate can be a pain, especially for those who have to do so frequently for health purposes. But a new mobile app aims to make this sometimes tedious task not only simple but enjoyable. What some may view as a game, Cardiio makers view as a pivotal health tool that measures your heart rate by simply taking a visual scan of your face.

That’s right: Cardiio users simply hold their iPhone or iPad up to their face, the app does a quick scan, and then your heart rate, projected life expectancy, and how you compare health-wise to the average person is revealed.

We reached out to Cardiio co-founder and CEO, Ming-Zher Poh, Ph.D., to get a better idea of what this cool, new app is really all about.

What does this app do, and how exactly does it work?

Cardiio is a beautiful and fun app that accurately measures your pulse by scanning your face using the front-facing camera of your iPhone/iPad. Every time your heart beats, more blood is pumped into your face. This slight increase in blood volume causes more light to be absorbed, and hence less light is reflected off your face. With Cardiio, your device’s front camera can track these tiny changes in reflected light that are not visible to the human eye to calculate your heart rate.
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MyNetDiary Diabetes Tracker: An Essential Mobile App for Diabetics

MyNetDiary - one of the top diet apps available to smart phone users – launched a new online and mobile app called Diabetes Tracker that’s specifically designed to help those with diabetes better manage their condition.

Launched in 2007 and now hosting more than 2.5 million members, MyNetDiary wanted to bring a diabetes-friendly app to the market since it’s a disease affecting nearly 26 million people in the U.S. alone.

Sergey Oresko, CEO of MyNetDiary, said in a press release that since launching their initial diet app, the company has received a number of requests for an app that caters specifically to diabetics.

“We’ve been asked by thousands of our members to help them track their battle with diabetes,” he said. “And after a year of work on this, we’re pleased to offer the most user-friendly and easy app for tracking everything related to diabetes, diet and exercise, all wrapped into a single iPhone app.”

We recently chatted with Ryan Newhouse, MyNetDiary marketing director, to get a better understanding of how the app works. First, he explained that the Diabetes Tracker is an educational tool and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any ailment or disease. 
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HealthyShare App Makes Olympic Athletes Your Personal Trainers

The entire globe is getting Olympic fever. With the games officially kicking off tonight, the excitement is only going to get higher. Whether you’ve had the bug or are just now getting bitten, are you aware you can still train like an Olympian, with the help of Olympians?

Earlier this summer General Electric (GE) and Facebook launched the HealthyShare App. Through this app, users can take fitness challenges from real Olympians, as well as healthy eating challenges or simply “get moving” challenges. The app allows for users to prod their friends to take a challenge and essentially get many moving and on a healthier path all during the buzz of the Olympic Games.

Megan Parker, a GE spokesperson, works on the GE-powered app and reported back about the progress of this program.
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Zach Bohannon Lost 100 Pounds by Making Health His Top Priority

Hollywood’s sappiest love stories begin with two beautiful, hot-bodied actors running toward each other on the beach. Romance sparks when they accidentally bump into each other while not paying attention to where they’re going and then, as they say, the rest is history: marriage, pets, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence ensue.

But the type of love stories we prefer to tell are the ones that play out in real life, like the one between Zach and Kathryn Bohannon from Nashville, Tennessee, who, earlier this year, started a dedicated journey to health and have since collectively lost more than 160 pounds. And the best part about it? Once they reach their respective goal weights they’re going to get remarried and take new wedding photos to celebrate their new, happier, healthier selves. Now that’s the kind of romance I think the world should know about.

This true weight loss story focuses first on Zach, 28, who had been overweight his whole life, mostly due to the fact that he was an extremely picky eater as a child which made it extremely hard for his parents to get much healthy food on his plate.
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