Home > Fitness > News 11 July 2013 Free app a guide to healthier living Argus, a free app for iPhones, takes detailed 'snapshots' of sleep, diet, activity and vital signs. This can help guide one to a healthier lifestyle. 1 iStock Related Phone apps help track pets' activity, nutrition Smartphones the new way to lose weight Smartphone app for weight loss take a Flexibility test » Receive Health tips » Ask Fitness Expert » Join Health24 on Facebook » 10 minute bikini-ready workout Why you need strength to run Free apps such as 'My Fitness Pal' track diet and weight and can connect with apps like 'RunKeeper', which monitors fitness, to adjust calorie intake based on the speed and duration of a run. 'Sleep 101', for the iPhone, and 'Sleep Bot', for Android devices, monitor sleep patterns and quality. Now there's Argus, a free app for iPhones released last week. It combines multiple factors to take detailed snapshots of sleep, diet, activity and vital signs such as heart rate. It also shows how each factor relates to the others."People are getting more health conscious and lifestyle diseases are an increasingly large problem, especially in the last two decades," said Peter Kuhar the chief technology officer of Palo Alto-based Azumio, the company that developed the app."This is where mobile technologies can help to guide you to a healthier lifestyle and with that help reduce the risk," he said.The right pathUsing built-in sensors, Argus can determine whether a person is walking or running. It also pairs with the company's Sleep Time app to track sleep patterns. Heart rate is measured when a finger is placed on the device's camera."The importance of tracking the data is that we can increase users' awareness of their health-affecting habits and help steer them on the right path," said Kuhar, adding that the app is also useful for observing trends over time.By correlating the data the app can show, for example, how water consumption affects sleep and how caffeine impacts heart rate. Other apps connect with wristbands to track activity, sleep and diet. They include the Jawbone UP, for iPhone and Android, and Fitbit and Larklife, both for iPhone. The wristbands cost between $60 and $150. Kuhar said apps that connect to devices such as wristbands may be more accurate because they are worn on the body. 'MyFitnessPal' also integrates with 'Withings', a WiFi-enabled scale; 'Runtastic', a fitness tracking app; and 'Fitbit', a wearable wristband that tracks sleep and activity for automatic logging of weight, sleep and activities. Other pillarsLast month the company 'MyFitnessPal' teamed up with 'RunKeeper', the iPhone and Android app that tracks running speed and duration."When we started 'MyFitnessPal' we tackled nutrition first, and as we've grown, we've set our sights on other pillars that are crucial to health and wellness," said Mike Lee, co-founder of San Francisco-based 'MyFitnessPal'. "Diet is one piece of the puzzle but by tracking diet and exercise alongside each other, we're able to give a more complete view of a person's health," he added. NEXT ON HEALTH24X Need motivation? Joel Stransky stood on the podium at the Cape Epic, a year after being in ICU 2018-04-12 10:30 More: FitnessNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 1 comment Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle ‘I tried haemorrhoid cream on my puffy eyes – here’s what happened’ News Former Banyana midfielder Makhosi Luthuli on her struggle with Lymphoma Medical 4 foods that can improve your hearing Lifestyle PSA: You can now track your periods using your Fitbit Fitness How to burn more kilojoules at the gym — without doing any extra exercise Lifestyle ‘I have endometriosis – but nobody understands it’ From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Live healthier Colds & Flu » Stop believing these 9 flu myths Why the flu makes you feel so miserable 10 ways to avoid being ‘patient zero’ in the office Do not be that sniffling co-worker in the office, infecting everyone around them. Coffee & Your Health » SEE: The dangers lurking in your cup of coffee Can coffee really make you live longer? Does coffee cause cancer? Some argue your coffee should come with sugar, cream – and a cancer warning.