From fitness trackers to online doctor’s visits, health and technology make for a powerful combination. But managing all that health information, or even keeping up with the latest recommendations, can be overwhelming. If only we all had a personal health assistant to keep us feeling our best. If you have Alexa, you can turn it into the next best thing. Check out the best health skills for Alexa.
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The 7-minute-workout combines several exercises you can do anywhere (no need for a gym!) into a complete body workout. Alexa tells you what exercise to do and keeps track of the time you should perform it. If you don’t know how to do an exercise, it can talk you through it, or you can look at the Alexa app for tips.
When your child has a bad cough or fever, it can be hard to decide when to go to the doctor or how much medicine to give. The KidsMD skill was developed by Boston Children's Hospital, and walks you through symptoms of illness, and whether they are serious enough to warrant a visit to the pediatrician. It also gives details about how much ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin to give based on age and weight — handy, if you’ve lost the original packaging.
If you’re addicted to tracking your steps with your Fitbit, Alexa can tell you how close you are to your goal. You can also ask about yesterday’s data, or even find out if your tracker needs to be charged.
Plenty of research shows the health benefits of mediation, but it can be hard to find the time and focus to actually do it. This skill provides different guided meditations every day, varying in length. A calm voice talks you through deep breathing and muscle relaxation. It then provides a theme to mediate on, such as Body Scan and Change.
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You're pregnant — congratulations! Now what? This skill helps you follow your baby's development inside the womb. Get weekly updates about changes to your body as well as your baby's. And hear tips to help you prepare for the big day.
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Managing chronic health conditions can feel like a full-time job; all the appointments and medications can be overwhelming. This skill makes it easier to keep track of when you'll see the doctor next. It will also track how much medication you need to take, and will log in the medication when you take it.The skill also helps keep an eye on vitals like blood pressure.
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