How to make Alexa smarter: best health and fitness skills header

With the total number of skills approaching the 100,000 mark, it can be hard to know what exactly Alexa Skills store has in store (ha!) for you. In the myriad of built-in capabilities, we decided this is as good of a time as any to pay attention to the Health & Fitness category and get your body moving.

The pairing of health and technology makes for one potent mix, especially when it’s delivered by the closest thing you can get to personal health assistant. There are more than 1,000 skills in this particular category, but we’ve wound down the selection to select few skills we think are worthy of your time.

You can find our previous ‘How to make Alexa smarter’ installments here and here – give them a looksy if you haven’t already, we are sure you’ll find something interesting there as well.

1. Baby Stats

Baby Stats will likely be a gem for parents who also want to cover every base – your typical dataheads. The skill offers a somewhat analytical approach to monitoring baby growth where you can track different things: stool, feedings, sleep, and a lot more. There are iOS and Android mobile apps, and an online viewer on the skill’s official website to help out with the visual part of tracking.

The commands might be a tad difficult (“Alexa, ask Baby Stats to ____”) and will likely take some time to get used to but the skill does a great job of presenting an innovative and effective way of monitoring a newborn’s most basic patterns. Who doesn’t want a handsfree method to record and track these tiny details when taking care of the little one?

2. Hypno Therapist

The odd one in the bunch, Hypno Therapist is the brainchild of Barry Thain, a clinical hypnotist with more than 25 years of experience. If you’re up for some experimentation and looking to try something new and fairly unknown, this is it.

The free version offers six full therapies wrapped in an interesting format. Many attribute faster falling asleep to this hypnotherapy skill but there’s also a certain relaxation side at play here. As for the effects of hypnosis and the extent of it working – you’ll have to tell us!

3. Mayo Clinic First Aid

Mayo Clinic First Aid skill is a great and reputable source of information for non-threatening first aid scenarios that require your hands to be free. The skill provides “self-care instructions for dozens of everyday mishaps and other situations” – for instance when you have a paper cut or trying to help someone else.

Acting like an FAQ of sorts, there’s also a learning side to it, like situations involving proper CPR. Naturally, no skill can replace actual medical advice and/or assistance and Mayo Clinic First Aid makes that clear but so should you.

4. My Better Nutrition

Nutrition is a key part of a healthy body so why not ask Alexa about better nutrition too? My Better Nutrition simplifies access to a wealth of information online regarding diet, supplements, and everything else related to nutrition. Professional dietician Ashley Koff provides tips, product recommendations, and healthy recipes in an informative way that will help you choose better foods, drinks, and supplements.

One of the best parts of this skill is its goal to provide better options (hence the title) instead of focusing on being perfect. By focusing on more suitable alternatives, you can learn quick and easy tips and follow a program that will lead you to your wellness goals without obsessing about the right amount of anything. Also, daily health tips are a great way to stay focused on your body’s nutritional needs.

Similarly, try out Track by Nutritionix for various nutritional information on different types of food.

5. My Workouts

When looking for best Alexa fitness skills, chances are you’ll run into some kind of workout skills. There’s plenty of choices here and if we had to pick one, it would be My Workout. The main reason why is because it lets you create custom workouts specifically designed to meet your fitness level and goals.

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Alternatively, you can let Alexa pick a workout for you.  You will be guided through the workouts on a step-by-step basis in order to correctly perform each exercise. Each exercise is accompanied by an inspirational tune for additional motivation. The skill also keeps track of your starting weight and other useful metrics for a complete progress report on your way to a slimmer you.

My Workouts is a great option for those looking to work up a good sweat that as closely fit personal needs as possible. There’s no doubt Alexa can be a dependable workout partner as there is no shortage of engaging and demanding workout regimens so be sure to check these along the way:

6. myNursebot

Among various Alexa health skills, myNursebot is lauded for the fact it acts as a medical assistant for people dealing with persistent health conditions. It tracks medications and symptoms, as well as visits to the doctor and physical vitals. The main idea, aimed at both users and caregivers, is to simplify personal health management by easing the load.

myNursebot does a pretty good job of helping out with important details through an interactive element. It’s not perfect (no skill can ever be with this type of help) but at least it will make a doctor appreciate you actually have a record, right?

7. Sleep Right

There are quite a few sleep trackers available in the form of an Alexa skill as everybody knows the importance of a good night’s sleep. Our pick is Sleep Right, a rather simple way to get organized about your sleep.

The skill has a limited number of options, focusing on three ways you can use it: by choosing an ideal bedtime, setting the best time to wake up, and essentially combining the two with Alexa making a recommendation. And that’s it – pretty simple and effective.

8. Toothbrush Timer

It sounds silly at first, but Toothbrush Timer can actually be helpful in maintaining your oral hygiene. During the recommended 2 minutes of brushing, Alexa will tell you to change to different parts of your mouth every 30 seconds. The skill is simple and has the potential to create that important habit – you can’t ask for anything more than that.

Thus our list concludes. We’ll be adding new skills every month so check back and let us know if you found what you’re looking for!

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