I’m a total iPhone junkie, and as much as I hate to say it, I’d be lost without my smartphone! They’re amazing devices that offer us so much practical support with almost everything you can think of. I think that carrying around a computer that has more power than a late 90s PC in your pocket is just incredible.
When it comes to our health and wellbeing, they can play a huge positive role in a number of ways. Here are my favourites that I use almost daily. I think most of these are available on iTunes and Android, but as an Apple user I can only say they’re definitely all on iPhone.
The Balanced App allows you to set up reminders to perform your healthy habits such as drink water, exercise, even to see friends and be creative. It’s a great app for improving your life in general. Just be sure that your activities are realistic and achievable or else you’ll feel bad when you start missing too many things!
Clue is an excellent app for tracking your menstrual cycle. It allows you to add a lot of data so is excellent if you’re trying to get pregnant and need to track your natural fertility signs. Keeping a track of your cycle is so important, the regularity of your period and other experiences in your body related to your cycle can be a key indicator of hormonal balance. It’s also just good to have that knowledge of your own body, being in tune with your cycle has so many benefits.
The #TruthBomb app from Danielle LaPorte is like having a set of oracle cards in your phone. When you’re in need of a little guidance or inspiration, open up the app and give your phone a shake to get a cool message. Simple and fun!
I think Headspace is pretty well known now. It’s an incredible guided meditation app that makes meditation easy and accessible. It’s Take 10 programme is free and then it has some subscriber only content (something I’m considering going for to help me get into a meditation habit). Definitely worth checking out for getting started with meditation.
I adore the Hey Universe App. It’s a little app that pops up with positive affirmations or your own messages. If you’re working on manifesting something into your life, the Hey Universe app is a fun way to set yourself reminders of that thing and keep it at the forefront of your mind. For example, one of my messages is ‘Thank you for my amazing family forever home’ which I had even when I didn’t have an amazing family forever home! It just helps shift something in your brain a little bit.
Yoga Studio App
The Yoga Studio app is a lovely simple way to get some yoga into your life. It’s what I always fall back on when I can’t really be bothered to search through YouTube workouts as I know I always enjoy the ones on the Yoga Studio app. You can download short workouts from 15 minutes to longer ones and everything from beginners to advanced classes. The classes are very simply filmed and easy to follow.
Another meditation app, Mindfulness offers some silent meditations as well as guided ones, so I like having that variety with this app. I also love that they have meditations as short as 3 minutes, I really have no excuse not to do them when they’re that quick and simple! The app will also set reminders to alert you and remind you to meditate, as well as keeping stats on your meditation activity across the month.
If you enjoy running RunKeeper is a great app for tracking how far you’ve run, how fast and your average pace. I used it all last year when I was training for the Great North Run. Generally it’s pretty reliable in terms of tracking, and is handy when you don’t have a proper running watch.
I’ve spoken about my love of Evernote several times before. I use it to keep my life super organised, which for me includes meal planning and meal tracking. It’s such a versatile app, I can’t imagine life without it!
Now over to you! What are your favourite health and wellbeing apps? Share in the comments!