This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo with a list of apps to help your health.
We all know the basics of a healthy lifestyle, yet it’s all too easy to fall into bad habits. Luckily there are plenty of apps out there to keep you in check! From food to fitness, sleep or mental health; these twelve healthy apps have got you covered.
Best Healthy Lifestyle Apps
1 . Noom
The Noom app was created by behavioral psychologists with a focus on making lifestyle changes that are sustainable long term. With Noom, you can create a calorie breakdown, determined by your answers to lifestyle-based questions. You can track your diet by scanning barcodes or searching the food that you eat within the database. As well as this, you can log your exercise, weight loss and receive one-one health coaching. Noom is also pretty fun because there are plenty of quizzes and interactive articles to help you stay motivated.
Over the last few years, vegan lifestyles have gained popularity. Many praise a vegan diet for its health benefits, other’s focus on veganism to reduce their carbon footprint. Vegan Liftz even has vegan detox teas.
Whether you’re trying veganism to detox, or you’re looking to the diet as a long-term lifestyle change, VNutrition is an excellent app to do so. The app can help you to make the transition to veganism and learn about the nutrients which are important, plus supplements you may need.
The Fabulous is a self-care based app, coaching you through various journeys from getting a better night’s sleep to feeling more energized and eating healthier. Self-care, of course, means different things to all of us, and sometimes we all need a little bit of help in getting it right. For those who are looking to improve their self-care, yet are unsure where to start, The Fabulous is undoubtedly for you!
Headspace is a meditation app to help its users learn the ropes, achieve a sense of calm and reduce their stress levels. The app offers guided meditation practices and provides mindfulness techniques to use throughout your day to day life. There are nature soundtracks or sleep music tunes to help you to relax before bedtime. As you use the app more frequently, your meditation journey becomes personalized.
Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced practitioner, the daily yoga app has got you covered. With this app, you’ll find over 200 guided classes from yoga to pilates, asanas and even meditation. The app helps you to keep up a yoga routine every day, which improves your posture, strength, flexibility and mental health too. You might already go to yoga classes, and the app can be combined with these to achieve a daily practice. Daily Yoga is also great for those who are really busy and don’t have time to squeeze in a class right now.
Sweat is a fitness app, fronted by fitness influencer Kayla Itsines. It comes with a top range of workouts to follow plus meal plans and challenges too. Sweat combines both high and low-intensity workouts, and you can use it at home or in the gym if you prefer. The new 2020 Sweat challenge starts on Monday the 13th of January, so it might be something to think about over the Christmas period.
C25K is a fitness program created to transform couch potatoes into 5k runners. The app boasts successes in a space of just eight weeks. The program is based on alternating between walking and running to build up your strength over time. You work out three days a week, and each session lasts about 30-40mins. For those who’ve always wanted to take up running, but aren’t sure how to get started, C25K could well be the app for you in 2020.
Shred is an app with literally thousands of gym and bodyweight workouts to get you in shape in no time. The workouts are super diverse so you’ll easily find something to fit your level and required needs. You can personalize your plan to suit your preferences, whether you’re a beginner or an avid gym bunny. Shred lets you sync your workout with your friends, to make things that little bit more fun. You can also monitor your progress and weight to keep on track.
If you have children, this app is a great one to help them learn about brushing their teeth. You can choose animated characters that guide them through perfect teeth brushing habits. Of course, you’ll have schooled your children on oral health already, but often kids respond well to fun apps and interactive games too. (You can even choose music to accompany their teeth brushing)! Beyond this, for an awesome natural toothpaste- try Dr.Brite Toothpastes.
Mood Kit is a mental health based app that uses CBT techniques. The app offers hundreds of activities that are designed to improve your mood. MoodKit was created by clinical psychologists, and the idea is to enhance your self-awareness, change negative thought patterns and promote healthy attitudes. MoodKit arrives with a journal feature so that you can keep track of your reflections and create strategies to progress.
Those who suffer from insomnia can easily slip into a vicious cycle of anxiety. If you can relate to trouble sleeping, Sleepio could well be the app for you. It’s a program based on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, designed to improve your sleep. The app is free, and the program takes around six weeks to complete. Supplements like chamomile and magnesium can also be useful for those who have trouble sleeping.
Journey Cloud is a journaling app to write down your days, reflections, goals or problems. The idea is to achieve a calmer mind by using a journal to motivate you. During times of stress, writing can be an excellent release to get you back on track. For those who prefer a less techy version, you can just as easily buy yourself a new notebook and write by hand. There are plenty of journaling tips online that can help to get you started.
Healthy living is often a process of trial and error; we’ll all have times whereby we’ve overindulged or lost track of our goals. With each new year, there arrives a new opportunity to start afresh. Plenty of these apps are free, and the ones that aren’t-you can put on your last-minute Christmas list!
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.