SInce they can no longer take photos in the office (see above), let your patients use their smartphones to learn how they can be healthier. The LA Times has identified some great apps to suggest to your patients for exercising and maintaining weight:
Yoga With Janet Stone ($4.99 iPhone and iPad)
There are a lot of yoga apps out there, but few are as sophisticated as this new release. Unlike some of its rivals that feature photos of asanas or awkward links to blurry how-tos, this app features hours of beautifully lit in-studio video that flows smoothly from one pose to the next.
Endomondo Pro ($3.99 iPhone and Android)
Users like to know that they're making progress with each run or ride. GPS tracking apps such as this one are a good way to do that. You can measure the distance, pace and time of your jog as you map it and monitor an estimate of the number of calories burned in each session.
Nike Training Club (free iPhone and Android)
You choose your focus for the day - cardio, toning or bodybuilding work - and specify your level (beginner, intermediate or advanced), and Nike offers a menu of half a dozen 30- to 45-minute total-body workouts.
Zombies, Run! ( $7.99 iPhone, coming soon to Android)
Part game, part fitness tool, this immersive app tells a story of "Runner 5" crashing down into a post apocalyptic zombie-infested landscape. After a short intro audio clip, you walk or run to gather supplies and escape hordes of zombies.
Fleetly (free iPhone)
For those looking for motivation to start a routine or up their game, an app with a built-in community such as Fleetly is a good place to begin. Part workout coach, part Facebook for fitness, this app lets you track your workouts and earn fitness-level points and medals, or join specific challenges like "100 Workouts in 2012."