From improving your mental health to upping your fitness routine and eating healthier, these wellbeing and fitness apps will help you work your way to a stronger lifestyle.
The stigma that surrounds mental health is something that continues to be an issue for both males and females. Dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and everything in between is a subject that a lot of people find difficult to talk about.
But that’s starting to become easier; last year saw HRH The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry openly discussed their own personal battles following the loss of their mother, Princess Diana, as part of their work to raise awareness with mental health charity, Heads Together. But it’s by making the smallest changes that you can help make a huge difference to your lifestyle.
Not letting your mental health get the better of you is vital to maintaining your health and well-being, which is why the NHS developed the app WellMind. Designed to assist in dealing with everything from stress, anxiety and depression, it will encourage you to relax and unwind with three audio tracks. You can also play games to distract yourself from feeling stressed and anxious and most importantly, seek advice and help when you need it most. Click here to download Wellmind.
Juggling work, family, friends and a social life can be really stressful. The Headspace app can help you keep everything in check and has been proven to effectively deal with anxiety and stress. Learn to focus more, sleep better, eat better, stress less and most importantly smile more; this funky meditation app will train your mind towards a healthier and happier lifestyle. Download Headspace here.
The key to keeping your mind on track is by eliminating any bad habits, which we all know is no easy task, but by downloading Streaks you might be onto a winner. On its website, Streaks says that it’s ‘the to-do list that helps you form good habits.’ Select up to six tasks that you want to transform into regular habits and complete each one its set day to extend your streak, but miss a task and you break the chain. Click here to find out more about Streaks.
Dehydration can have a huge effect on your skin, mood and sleep patterns, which is no help if you’re hitting the gym three or more times a week. If you’re struggling to hit your water intake, then the WaterMinder app will get you in the habit of drinking fluids more frequently. Plus, it’ll send you notifications to help you reach your daily hydration goals. Discover more about WaterMinder here!
There’s nothing worse than not being able to get some shuteye because your mind simply won’t switch off. And with sleep deprivation becoming an increasingly common public health issue, there’s never been a better time to get your sleep schedule on track.
Apple’s Bedtime feature aims to help iPhone users get a better nights kip. This clever little app lets you set your own bedtime – and sends you a notification when it’s time to hit the hay – before waking you up at your desired time with a soothing alarm. Get Bedtime with iOS 10!
One of the biggest stress busters is exercise and when you’re feeling a bit like a couch potato you’re not doing you or your self-esteem any favours. So, if you’ve had a tough day at the office, don’t take it out on a beer and a pizza, get yourself to the gym and sweat it out – which is easier said than done when you’re a bit of an exercise novice. C25K is designed to take you from professional couch potato to a five-kilometre runner in just eight weeks. Download C25K here!
Nike+ Training Club
Whether you workout in the gym or at home, Nike+ Training Club is the ultimate personal trainer in your pocket. The app states that it has plans to help you get fitter, faster and stronger than ever and with more than 100 workouts and personalised plans that will push you to get the most out of your session. Plus, you’ll have audio and visual guides from some of Nike’s top trainers who will help you work your way to getting those cheese grater abs in time for your holiday. Start your fitness journey with Nike+ here!
Exercise isn’t fun for everyone and can be really challenging whether you’re a bit of a fitness buff or trying to shift some extra weight in time for your holiday. We stumbled across this awesome running app, Zombies, Run! that’s sure to add some fuel to the fire when it comes to getting outside and burning some calories.
Zombies, Run! is an immersive running game where you’re chased by a terrifying pack of zombies and the only way to escape them is to run for your life. Create your own zombie adventure story, complete challenges and get involved in this super-immersive app that’ll get your heart-pumping in next to no time. Download Zombies, Run! here!