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Friday, April 6, 2012 | Gate House News Service | Categories:
The message that a healthy lifestyle helps protect your heart isn't new. If you'd like to do more to take care of your heart, here are three ways technology can make that easier. Stop smoking. Apps such as Smoke Reducer for Android and iQuit for iPhone can help you wean off tobacco. You can also use the Firefox add-on Quitomzilla, which shows you how much money you save by not smoking, the number of cigarettes not smoked and the overall time since your last smoke. Limit alcohol and caffeine. Keep track of how much you're drinking with the DrinkControl or Alcohol Monitor apps for iPhone, or the SoberApp for Android. They estimate your blood alcohol content and let you know whether or not you should drive. To monitor your caffeine intake, try the Caffeine Zone 2 for iPhone or the Caffeine Monitor app for Android. Reduce stress. Try a portable biofeedback device, like the StressEraser, to help you relax by synchronizing your breathing and your heart rate. If having too much on your plate and too many interruptions causes you stress, try Quiet Hours. It lets you shut down your computer's communication apps, like instant messaging, for a specified period of time.
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