Almost everyone today is trying to stay healthy and get into better shape. Thankfully, our mobile devices can help us reach that goal with the help of numerous health and fitness apps.
But, when you try to find an adequate health-related app that would satisfy your needs, you may find yourself overwhelmed because smartphone markets contain a plethora of health and fitness resources right at your fingertips.
Choosing the right one could be difficult because many are looking for all-rounder, while many of the apps are usually not multifunctional, meaning they're often focusing just on fitness, weight loss or health, rarely on all of them.
Tactio Health is one of the all-rounder apps. It is a free Android and iPhone app that allows users to track their health as well as daily routine. So, whether you're looking to lose weight, become more active, or manage a health concern such as diabetes or high blood pressure, Tactio Health app and various tracking systems it includes could help you reach your goals and get you back on track with your health.
Upon opening the Tactio Health app, you'd have to register an account before proceeding (if you already don't have one). While registering with the app, you'll be asked to enter details about yourself, which include not only general info such as your email, name, age or gender, but also your weight, waist size, eating preferences, activity level, as well as your medical history.
This may seem as giving out too many details, but your answers actually help the app customize the experience for you. For example, the app will ask you to enter whether you want to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain weight. Depending on your answer, the Tactio Health app will set the goals for you.
For the purpose of this review, I've put that I have slightly more lbs than I should (based on my height) and the app gave me the warning that I'm overweight because my BMI was 25.84. This warning was color coded (orange), which the app uses to indicate the risks. But, I will talk more about that later in the review.
My goal was to lose some weight and the app allowed me to set the weight loss plan to reach my target weight.
I also entered that I have history of type 2 diabetes, so the app allowed me to create the meal plan and to add prescribed medications that could be tracked.
After entering all the information the app opens to the main screen featuring different health indicators, including Activity, Nutrition, Sleep, Mood, Pressure, Glucose, etc. Except for the weight I've entered during registration, the rest of the page was empty and started populating once I began adding entries, which is quite simple and easy.
For example, tapping on Activity window will let you see how active your current lifestyle is, and to add physical activities with duration, such as strength, cardio, walking, hiking, etc.
To add activities just tap on plus symbol, which also works when adding other elements, for example today's mood, how many hours of sleep you've had, blood pressure, pulse, or cholesterol levels. Most of these indicators are featured in a form of graph, showing data for weeks, months, or years.
Other sections, such as Nutrition has somewhat different view, showing the summary of total calories, including food intake calories and those spent by activities, which leaves the number of remaining allowed calories for that day.
The other portion of the screen is reserved for meals, where you can add not only calories for each meal, but also total carbs, protein, fat, fiber and sodium.
As you add food calories or activities, the number of remaining daily calories is changing. For example, the remaining number of calories will stay in the 'green zone' as long as you take sufficient amount of food. If you've eat more calories than indicated you'd get a red code warning.
The Tactio Health app uses three-color scheme to indicate the risk or good/bad habits, i.e. green for low risk, orange for medium risk, and red for high risk.
With this scheme the app will indicate if you're active enough, if your nutrition is adequate to your needs, lifestyle and the goals set, if you had enough sleep, and the most important of all – are you at risk of developing certain health condition.
On the main screen, just below the health indicators, you'd see three main health issues that can be tracked with this app: Cardio Vascular (based on your BMI and cholesterol), Type 2 Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome. You can tap on any of these to learn more about the risks and chances of getting that particular condition. These warnings are also color coded, i.e. green, orange, and red.
The app also allows you to check all your entries in the Logbook that provides graphs with additional explanation for each. This Logbook can be exported as PDF document, which you can print out or share.
There is also Coach section, designed to resemble chat or messenger window, that sends periodical motivational messages (after you've finished activity, reached goal, etc.).
One of the highlights is the ability to connect Tactio Health app with other medical apps, such as Fitbit, iHealth, Jawbone, MyFitnessPal, and many others, or with physical medical devices via Bluetooth.
The app uses content and calculations from authority resources, including CDC, NIH, WHO, American Diabetes Association, and many others, which are all referenced and linked.
One thing that's missing is ability to set reminders, which are important in any tracker app. For example, for the purpose of this review, I've set that I'm T2 diabetic, prescribed with 500mg of Metformin during the dinner. Having an option to be reminded to take the pill or to check glucose levels after meals, would be more than useful. Also, if the diabetes medication is somehow included in the calculations, it's not sure how the app did it.
Despite this, Tactio Health is a very good choice if you're looking for an app to monitor your health and track your daily routine. This app may help you reach your goals and get your health under control in really intuitive and simple way.
Unfortunately, it was not possible to use this app on Android. Once downloaded, I tried to login into the app using the same credentials, but I received an error that app cannot connect to Tactio Cloud. Same error happened when I tried to register a new account, even after few reinstallations. Hence the lower score.
Benefit: All people who want to monitor their health and track their daily routine may find this app useful