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5 free health apps that won't suck up your smartphone memory

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The digital revolution has overhauled the way we stay healthy; we're wearing Fitbits, calorie counting online and relying on smartphone apps to track our exercise.

We're also using our mobile phone more than ever before, but free space on your smartphone's memory is a hot commodity.

So, if you're looking for an app to keep your health and fitness on track, but you don't want to delete your photos, Instagram account, work emails and emergency contact numbers to get it, we've put together five free apps that are big on features, but small on space.

Tiny, but mighty

To put things in perspective, the Facebook app uses 164 MB of memory/storage, while Twitter only takes up 82.8 MB. For a health app to be worth your memory, it needs to add value to your life in some way, so the first step is to determine whether an app is effective before you click 'download'.

With this in mind, here are five free health apps – each clocking in at a measly 80 MB a pop.

Fitocracy: 38.8 MB free

For its size, Fitocracy really packs a punch. This app allows you to track any workout, provides exercise recommendations and even gives you expert advice. Those seeking additional motivation will appreciate how Fitocracy connects you with its community of fitness-minded folk.

iTriage: 48.5 MB, free

iTriage is a comprehensive (yet compact) application that provides patients with a database of useful information on symptoms, medications, hospitals and GPs. This app is scrupulously monitored by medical professionals – including the Medical Faculties at Harvard and Columbia Universities. A study conducted by iTriage found that 82% of its users believe it has helped them make more informed healthcare decisions – they're pretty good odds!

Wholesome: 51 MB, free

This app brings you the healthiest recipes from the web, provides detailed nutritional information and even scores 'healthfulness'. Wholesome also provides users with customised recommendations based on their personal tastes. You’ll never find yourself at a loss for dinner options again. Bon appetit!

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock: 64.7 MB, free

Ah, sleep – so precious, so important, so fleeting. Thankfully, with the insanely intelligent Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock, a better night’s sleep is only a download away. This app uses your phone or tablet's built-in microphone to monitor your sleep patterns and wakes you at the ideal time (within half an hour of your pre-set time).

MyFitnessPal: 79.5 MB, free

If you're trying to lose weight, gain weight or simply maintain a healthy lifestyle, MyFitnessPal could be your new best friend. With a simple interface and first-rate usability, this app breaks down calorie consumption to ensure you're kept on track, and even provides a weekly graph of your progress - all this for no cost makes this app is a winner!

Although technology is advancing at a rapid pace, in many instances there's just no replacing the 'good old-fashioned way'. Don’t take chances where your health is concerned, and don’t use your phone as a medical device. Apps promoting impractical results aren’t worth your trust or your gigabytes. For urgent matters or potentially harmful medical issues, always visit your local hospital or trusted doctor.

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