When it comes to our individual health and wellness, it’s easy to sometimes let certain aspects fall by the wayside. While most aspects of health and wellness such as eating right, exercise and mental wellness work in connection with each other, sometimes one or the other slips and can cause a domino effect. If this sounds like something you’ve experienced in the past, why not consider getting back on track by downloading a few of today’s best in mental and physical wellness apps for smartphones. Here’s a rundown of some of the top apps to keep you in both peak physical and mental condition.
If you’re tired of paying premium prices for prescriptions, Good Rx is a great way to find coupons and discounts for various brands of medicines in pharmacies. While in some countries the prescription rate is set, in other countries such as Canada or the United States, this is an app that will be beneficial for those, particularly without insurance.
Forget everything you thought you knew about great fitness tracking apps. PEAR is innovative in the sense that it collects and collates your own data and creates personalised workouts specifically tailored to your unique and individual needs. The whole app includes cues and motivation from professional athletes and Olympians, which makes this a steal of a deal at $3.99 per month or $30 per year.
Couch To 5K
As the name of this app suggests, the whole concept is meant to get its users to go from the couch to runner with ease. This app helps those who either have never run before or who haven’t run in ages to get back on the track and hit their running targets. Many people use this to help train for marathons, half marathons and just to get into shape in general. The general workout schedule is only three days a week for thirty minutes each day over eight weeks. So easy, anyone can do it!
One of the best and easiest yoga apps, pocket yoga will have you a yoga master in no time. With a library of poses and information on each, and over twenty yoga workouts of different levels of difficulty, you will go from zero to yoga hero before you know it. At the low price of only $2.99, Pocket Yoga is a steal for anyone looking to cultivate a better daily yoga practice without having to hit the studio.
An app ideal for those who can’t necessarily get to a doctor, Health Tap gives users access to a wide library of free advice from physicians. The app is free to use, but you can even schedule virtual consultations with top practitioners for a fee. Perfect for those with mobility issues, those who live far from their GP or for those who simply can’t get into the practice to get checked out but need advice.
Sleep Cycle is an innovative app that doesn’t just monitor your sleep, but also works with your body naturally to ensure you wake up at the optimum time for you. The app will slowly wake you up within thirty minutes of your set alarm to ensure you are refreshed and rejuvenated when you get out of bed, also waking you during your lightest sleeping time. Free to use, but subscriptions only cost $10 per year, so is an absolute bargain.
A mindfulness and meditation app, Calm aims to help you live a more peaceful and joyous life through the use of meditation. Introductory courses help teach you the art of meditation and how it can benefit your life, reducing stress and anxiety. You can track your progress and work through meditations at your own pace or try out one of many existing meditations on the app, ranging in length to help build your meditation repertoire. Free to use, but most features require paid subscription.
For those looking to help develop and stick with a daily routine of meditation, yoga or mindfulness, the Insight Timer app is a great choice. Choose from guided meditations, create your own presets for daily meditations and even take courses right through the app. With whole variety of options for you to create the best experience for you, you can also track your meditation time through charts and graphs. It even keeps track of consecutive days, earning you gold stars for each block of ten consecutive days which helps encourage adherence to the practice. Cost: free, with in app purchase options.
My Fitness Pal
This app helps you keep tabs on your weight loss journey by tracking the foods you eat, promoting a scientific approach to losing weight. With the largest library of food information available on any app, user friendly interface, the ability to import recipes and more, it’s easy to see why this is one app that continues to be hugely popular. Cost: free, but premium plans are available.
This unique app helps create the healthiest of shopping lists, all right on your phone as you roll around the grocery store. The app allows you to scan various products in the grocery store to get their ‘points’ which will then add up to make a personalised eating plan, similar to Weight Watchers with their points system. The cost is free for the basic app but there are options for paid subscriptions with more content and features.
So if you’ve been struggling to get back on track with working out, healthy eating or even just taking a few quiet minutes for yourself everyday, consider some of the above mentioned apps. With so many great apps designed to help our bodies be the best they can be in our fast paced world, it’s no wonder so many of these are so popular. So which will you choose, or will you go with a combination? Whatever you decide, you’ll be sure to enjoy cultivating the best healthy version of yourself you can! Good luck!