Every year we intend on getting healthier, to make real inroads towards being a better version of ourselves, but many of us fall off the health wagon before we finish out the month! Technology can lead us down unhealthy avenues in our lives, allowing us to slip into a sedentary lifestyle and adversely affect our mental health, but it can also be useful in putting us back on the right track.
We went looking for a selection of apps to help you develop healthy habits for mind and body that will stay with you for more than an initial ‘health buzz’ period — and hopefully for the rest of your life.
The weight loss coach you’ve been looking for. Create a profile containing your personal details and you’ll be able to track your calorie intake, measure your activity level, keep a photographic log of your meals and more. You’ll also be given a detailed macro and micro nutrient breakdown of your diet, categorised into protein, fats, carbohydrates and fibre. You can download HealthifyME for free here.
2. Sleep Cycle
Want to improve your sleep this year? This app is essentially an intelligent alarm clock which analyses your sleep patterns by monitoring sounds in order to wake you up during your lightest phase of sleep, resulting in you feeling more rested. You’ll also be able to view statistics on your sleeping patterns and even track how often you snore. You can find Sleep Cycle for free here.
You’re probably not drinking enough water, so let’s change that. With Waterlogged you can track how much water you’ve consumed over the course of the day and you’ll get reminders to keep your hydration levels up. By staying on top of your water intake you’ll see myriad benefits, as it helps with weight loss and keeps your energy levels up. Want to find try it for yourself? Here’s where you’ll find it.
4. Fitbit Coach
If you’re the kind of person who needs a personal trainer to urge them on, this app acts as a suitable substitute. Input your fitness goals and Fitbit Coach generates bodyweight, walk and run workouts to help you reach them. You’ll receive tips, motivational and step-by-step coaching, as well as a huge variety of workouts to choose from in order to keep your exercise sessions interesting. You can download Fitbit Coach here.
If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, this app is designed to help you feel a greater sense of control. Through small quizzes, games and activities you’ll be able to achieve a state of mindfulness and relief from everyday pressures, reminding you to take stock of the positive aspects of your life and feel more in control. If you’re interested in giving this app a try you can find it here.
The meditation coach we all need in our lives. A lot of people get a little weirded out at the thoughts of doing meditation but really it’s something all of us should be doing. Whether it’s small stresses at work, or with family, friends or finances, we can all use a bit of breathing space sometimes and this app will guide you through it. Even if you just do 3 minutes per day it can make the world of a difference to your mental wellness. An absolute must, try out their 10 day free trial here.
For those who are looking to get active this year there are a number of running apps that can really help to motivate and guide you on your routes. Challenge yourself each time and beat your record distance & speed, get new route ideas, and even challenge the community around you to beat their own personal scores. These apps are essential if you want to commit yourself to the world of running and MapMyRun is one of the best ones we’ve found, download it for free here.
Small, simple changes can make a huge difference to your health. This app is great to help you keep track of what you’re eating by keeping a food diary. Studies show that this is one of the most effective ways to help you lose weight and maintain a healthier diet. Definitely one we’d recommend, you can find MyFitnessPal here.
If it’s a health buzz you’re on, then you need to check out the best things to do in Dublin for dry January. We’ve found a few things for you to try out that will inject a little excitement into your new year.