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Apps to Take to Heart

Jan 27, 2020 02:18PM ● By Jennifer Monahan

It’s February, and that means Cupid slinging arrows, hearts and romantic dinners for two. If making Valentine’s Day exceptional seems like a daunting challenge, here are some apps to take to heart.

Valentine’s Day Special is an outstanding tool for the romantically challenged and a super fun app for everyone else. It offers a history of Valentine’s Day, tips (surprisingly good ones) for single people on the big day, sample language for romantic texts to send a loved one and movie suggestions complete with helpful synopses. Best of all, the app offers a top 10 list for gift ideas. Valentine’s Day Special is entertaining, easy to use and well worth the download. The only downsides are that two separate Celine Dion songs appear on the Romantic Music list—the rest of the selections are solid—and that the list of love poems is comprised entirely of schmaltzy greeting-card style poetry. Classic love poems by Shakespeare, Marlowe and Browning are decidedly absent. Still, for anyone seeking inspiration about how to demonstrate some affection, Valentine’s Day Special is a standout app. (Free; available on Android).

Flowers are a classic way to share some love and goodwill on Valentine’s Day— or any other day of the year. The 1800Flowers app makes it simple to put flowers in the hands of a loved one quickly. Just like its parent website, 1800Flowers offers same-day delivery, a wide selection of choices and simple checkout procedures. Users can enjoy the confidence of working with a reputable company and the convenience of being able to order on the go, right from a smart phone. (Free; available for iOS and Android)

Catching a movie—whether at the theater or at home—is another popular way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The Rotten Tomatoes app is a helpful guide to find great options for every viewer. Take heed: the app is not actually called Rotten Tomatoes. On Google Play, look for Movies by Flixster, with Rotten Tomatoes; on the app store, download Flixster – Showtimes + Tickets. Both are free and rely on Rotten Tomatoes’ scoring and reviews, and both will help users check local showtimes, buy tickets and avoid movie duds. (Free; available for iOS and Android)

If Valentine’s Day feels like something to avoid this February, take heart! Instead of getting caught up in the pressure of a Hallmark© romance, choose to take the opportunity to do something good for your actual heart.

The CardioVisual app is a must for anyone concerned about heart health. Created by cardiologists for use by patients and healthcare professionals, the app provides reliable and clear information. With a library of educational videos and infographics, CardioVisual can help heart patients and their loved ones understand diagnoses and learn about treatments, medications and devices. CardioVisual is an invaluable resource for anyone experiencing heart-related health issues who is looking for accurate and relevant information. (Free; available for iOS and Android)

Maintaining heart health requires exercise. Johnson & Johnson’s J&J Official 7 Minute Workout is an excellent tool to keep both the heart and all the other body parts in shape. The “7 minute” claim is a misnomer; workouts range from seven to 32 minutes. That said, the cache of 72 exercises and 22 workouts allows users to customize a variety of personalized workout options to meet specific fitness needs. The app offers helpful video tutorials for each exercise and works especially well for people with limited time and for travelers—no special equipment is needed. (Free; available for iOS and Android)

In honor of all matters of the heart and especially of weddings, The Knot app deserves a shout out. The Knot functions as a wedding planner in the user’s pocket. The app offers ideas for themes, the opportunity to create a gift registry, checklists and to-do lists, contact information for local vendors and basically anything else an aspiring bride, groom, or mother-of-the bride might need. (Free; available for iOS and Android)

Wedding Countdown is an entertaining way to keep things light and fun as the wedding day approaches. The app allows users to customize a countdown using personal photos or to choose from among many fun wedding-themed images. The countdown can be measured in increments of time (e.g., years, months, weeks, days, hours, seconds) or more creatively with heartbeats, kisses and the like. (Free; available for iOS and Android)

Whether a “hearty” approach to February means romance, good health or something entirely different, take heart: there’s an app for that.