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5 Mobile Apps for Total Force Fitness

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez/Released

Source: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez/Released

Staying fit requires a comprehensive approach that integrates the mind, body and spirit. Using the free mobile apps highlighted in this article can help you sustain optimal well-being and performance, also known as Total Force Fitness even under difficult conditions.

1. Monitor your mood with the "T2 MoodTracker"

Monitoring, tracking and referencing your mood throughout a period of time can help you gauge how environmental influences and life stress may be impacting your psychological health. The T2 "MoodTracker" app, available for Apple and Android devices, allows you to set daily reminders to record your mood. Use this app for your own awareness or consider sharing the results with your health care provider.

2. Keep calm with "Breath2Relax" app

Being behaviorally fit means managing your behavior and coping with stress so you can navigate tough times. One way you can manage stress is through breathing exercises, which can help activate the body’s relaxation response.1 The "Breathe2Relax" app, created by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), can help you physically calm yourself in times of stress. The app includes a series of breathing exercises and can be used on its own or in tandem with clinical care, as directed by your health care provider. Visit the Apple App store or Google Play to download the app for your smartphone or tablet.

3. Strengthen your psychological and behavioral fitness with "LifeArmor"

"LifeArmor," available for Apple and Android devices, can help you build or maintain psychological and behavioral fitness through self-assessments and tools to help you cope with stressors such as anxiety, sleep issues and substance misuse, among others. Brief self-assessments track symptoms and offer resources and tips to teach you coping skills. The app also features video testimonials from service members, veterans and military family members sharing their experiences coping with common stressors.

4. Stay social with the "Positive Activity Jackpot"

Social activity can help you build resilience, relieve stress and build lasting relationships. The "Positive Activity Jackpot" app, developed by T2, offers ideas for positive activities that you can do with friends or family. Use the app to plan events that give you something fun to look forward to. Using the app, you can find nearby activities and invite contacts to join. The app also includes an extensive list of pre-programmed activities from which you can choose. If you can’t decide which fun thing to do, “pull the lever” and let the app make the choice for you. Visit Google Play to download "Positive Activity Jackpot" for your Android smartphone or tablet.

5. Assess your physical health with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute BMI Calculator

Body mass index, or BMI, is calculated from your height and weight and can be helpful for gauging your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems and certain cancers.2 The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute BMI calculator, available for Apple and Palm operating systems, evaluates your BMI and directs you to resources that can help you build and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

In addition to the apps listed above, the Real Warriors Campaign offers 24/7 assistance through the campaign’s mobile site. Connect 24/7 with trained health resource consultants at the DCoE Outreach Center through the Real Warriors Campaign Live Chat. Through your smartphone, you can access the Outreach Center by tapping “Reach Out 24/7” from anywhere on the mobile site, by calling 866-966-1020 or by emailing resources@dcoeoutreach.org.

Additional Resources

Sources

1 Mahoney, Louise. “Reduce Stress with 10 Minutes of Chair Yoga” [PPT 889KB], Department of Veterans Affairs War Related Illness and Injury Study Center. Last accessed Aug. 25, 2014.
2Assessing Your Weight and Health Risk,” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Last accessed Aug. 25, 2014.

Last Reviewed: 08/25/14
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