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Catching up on movies, TV shows and books? There are apps for that.

Your iPhone might be your virtual black bag but these DOs share their favorite apps for fun and recreation purposes.

Physician medical apps can provide the latest medical research and resources to improve patient care. But if you are looking for apps to enjoy during downtime, take advice from three DOs recently interviewed by Physicians Practice about their favorite apps for fun.

Kindle for iPad/iPhone

“I always liked the experience of paper books, but as a voracious reader I had to store or get rid of the book once I read it. Switching to digital books solved that problem,” says Jeremy Fischer, DO, a family medicine residency director in Clinton Township, Michigan.

MapMyRun

“Treadmill running can be a bore, but outdoor running can be challenging to figure out exact distances,” Dr. Fischer says. “MapMyRun uses the phone’s GPS sensor to track my speed, distance and elevation. I can then save the data, and compare to previous runs.”

Swarm and Foursquare

Saroj Misra, DO, a family medicine physician in Warren, Michigan, enjoys apps like Swarm and Foursquare that let users “check-in” to places they visit. “You earn stickers and can even become ‘mayor’ of a place where you check-in often enough,” she adds.

CarrotFIT

“This app uses a sadistic and humorous AI (automated instructor) that offers exercises that will make you laugh and threats to ensure you do it,” Dr. Mirsa says.

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