So much for that digital detox: On Thursday, Google unveiled a handful of new features for its app that make it really easy to become a master yogi, nurse practitioner, hiker, or armchair nutritionist (and really hard to part with your device).
In other words, you’ll be able to get a grip on all aspects of your well-being with your iPhone or Android.
Here are five new ways that the Google app wants to make living a healthy lifestyle so. much. easier.
1. Learn how to master 131 yoga poses by calling one out in its common or Sanskrit name
Open the Google app on your phone and say, “Google, show me child’s pose.” The search results reveal a card featuring an image and description of the pose, the areas of the body you’ll be working, and preparatory and follow-up poses (both of which come in handy for anyone trying to master crow without eating it).
2. Beat the rush at your local studio
Call out the name of a really popular yoga spot, and the results will show when the studio is busiest. In other words, you’ll know exactly when to visit—or avoid—Yoga to the People.
3. Stay connected while you’re off the grid on your next nature hike
Before you turn on airplane mode, pull up the map of your destination and say “OK Maps,” and hit save. Voila! You can now follow a trail, navigate to the nearest canteen, or just disconnect for a while…without praying for WiFi or data signals. It’s also a game-changer for when you want to go for a run in a new spot but don’t trust the hotel concierge’s hand-drawn map; this one gives you turn-by-turn directions, even when you’re out of range.
4. Pick Thanksgiving dessert(s) to indulge in
Ask something like, “How much sugar is in pecan pie?” and you’ll get a full-on nutrition card. (Um, file this one under: Things We’d Rather Not Know But Probably Should.)
5. Find out if you’ve got the flu, or just a really bad hangover
It should come as no surprise that 1 in every 20 Google search is health-related. Now, you don’t even have to bother typing your query into Google and wading through the iffy medical advice to get a clearer prognosis; ask out loud, “Do I have the flu?” and a list of possible symptoms and treatments, all vetted by the Mayo Clinic, show up. You can even save the search results as a PDF to bring along to your doctor or send to your BFF who needs proof that she didn’t catch some obscure illness while in Bali. —Sarah Sarway
Now all you need is some workout music. Yup, there’s an app for that too….
For more information or to download the app, visit google.com/google-apps
(Photo: Robert Caplin for Well+Good; Google)