No matter what the question asked today, “there’s an app for that” seems to come as the inevitable response. And while you won’t always have a personal trainer by your side, chances are you’ll have your phone.
Health applications are low cost sources of information and motivation which can be accessed anywhere at any time. They allow you to document trends, set goals and recognise positive and negative patterns of behaviour in your own body and life.
At this time of constant activity, there really is no simpler way of accessing workouts, meditations and personalised health insights on the go.
And so, here are ten health applications worth making space for:
Physical Health Apps:
Activity: Nike+ Training Club
Featuring more than 130 free workouts which can be tailored to suit every level of fitness, the Nike+ Training Club application is one of the most versatile workout platforms available. Engage in strength, endurance, yoga or mobility full-body challenges or choose to train with famous faces like Cristiano Ronaldo and Serena Williams.
With over 5 million foods to choose from, MyFitnessPal is the go-to app for anyone intent on calorie counting. This app’s easy follow design encourages rapid food journaling, while its compatibility mode allows it to sync with more than 50 other fitness apps and devices.
Rest: Sleep Better
Rather than simply acknowledging the time you spend in bed, this unique application by Runtastic considers the way in which your lifestyle impacts the quality of your sleep. It features a Smart Alarm for optimal waking and monitors your sleep cycles to help identify patterns of interest in your routine.
Whether you spend your days sitting at a desk or lifting heavy loads, MoveWell’s flexibility, mobility and recovery routines can help you live a more comfortable life. Simply pick a workout to suit your needs and follow the instructions of your expert pocket guide.
General Health: Health
The often ignored iPhone Health app has the capacity to track your activity levels, sleep routines, emotional status and nutritional intake, in addition to your body’s measurements, reproductive health and vital signs. This clever tool works in conjunction with the other Health-compatible apps on your device to store all of your information in one place.
Mental Health Apps:
Become more mindful in your everyday life with this popular guided meditation app. Use the basic package to enjoy a happier, more peaceful day, or upgrade to the advanced version for a targeted relaxation experience. With fans like Richard Branson and Gwyneth Paltrow, you’re sure to be in good company with Headspace.
Mindset: Thought Diary Pro
Based on the founding principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and developed by an experienced clinical psychologist, Thought Diary Pro encourages the documentation of thought processes which cause emotional and psychological distress. Once these damaging thoughts have been identified, the app aids users in replacing them with more beneficial beliefs.
This app is both aesthetically attractive and easy to use. Pacifica prompts relaxation through meditation, guided self-help paths and journaling. It employs CBT techniques to help you access more balanced lines of thought, while allowing you to set goals and recognise your progress.
The Black Dog Snapshot app is a free self-assessment tool which encourages users to track their wellbeing. It also provides general feedback and outlines ways in which people who are struggling with their mental health can seek support in Australia.
In addition to recording your mood, MoodPanda generates a coloured graph which represents the way in which your feelings fluctuate over time. This can then be used to identify stressors and damaging emotional patterns for you to address.