Sticking to New Year’s resolutions has never been easier thanks to technology. While you may be one of the many people planning on doing a social media detox in 2019, that doesn’t mean you have to stop using your phone completely.
Whether you want to work on your physical or mental health, there are a whole host of apps that can help make your road to success smooth and stress-free. Here’s our pick of the best apps to help you improve your health and well-being in 2019:
We all know water is essential for our bodies to function but most people don’t drink enough. This app will send reminders to make sure you drink plenty of H20 regularly and stay hydrated.
My Water Balance calculates how much water you should drink each day based on your personal details, how active you are, the climate you live in etc. The app allows you to choose from numerous drinks to check in and record the amount of fluid you have consumed. So, you’ll be able to ‘Add a drink’ and log your coffee or even a glass of wine. My Water Balance will then calculate how much more water you have left to drink that day. Find out more here.
Does getting fit feature on your ‘To Do’ list? This app allows you to become your own personal trainer from the comfort of your own home. 7 Minute Workout supplies fast, simple daily workouts to improve fitness and aid weight loss.
The app is voice prompted, so you can complete an entire workout without looking at a timer or a device. It also includes video and text descriptions of each exercise. 7 Minute Workout is available to download here.
This app will allow you to turn your living room into a yoga studio! It features HD video yoga classes with easy-to-follow teacher commentary for beginners to advanced level students. Developed and performed by a qualified instructor, Yoga Studio includes over 280 poses with detailed information and advice.
Collections vary in length from 10 to 60 minutes with themes like balance, flexibility and strength. There’s options to create your own custom flow of poses, add your own background music and pre-schedule a class in your calendar.
You can download Yoga Studio from the App Store or from Google Play.
Fooducate has everything a person needs to make sure they’re eating right. Rather than just tracking calories, the app gives you an honest look at what you’re putting into your body. It uses your camera to scan product barcodes, so you know exactly what your food choices contain and their nutritional value.
Fooducate’s emphasis isn’t just on helping users lose weight. It focuses on teaching people about nutrition and provides recipes and information on the latest food fads. The app will also let you know if you’re missing out on a vital protein or haven’t consumed enough iron. Fooducate is available to iOS and Android users.
Need some help unwinding? Calm is an app for meditation and mindfulness. It also promotes relaxation through sleep stories, nature images and sounds. The subscription led-app features 100+ voice guided meditations to help users manage anxiety and lower stress.
If you’re looking to get some shut-eye, Sleep Stories are soothing tales read by well-known voices to help people unwind and fall into a deep sleep. Calm has recently introduced Calm Body, 10 minute guided video lessons on mindful movements and gentle stretching. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
Runkeeper is one of the most popular running apps out there with over 50 million users. Whether you’re an experienced marathoner or you’re just getting started on your running journey, this GPS enabled app caters to all levels. It allows users set goals and check their progress by tracking their distance, pace and overall time.
If you want to change things up, the app also offers users pre-created routes and personalised training routines with helpful reminders to keep you motivated and on track. Runkeeper syncs with other apps and devices including Fitbit, Android Wear and the Apple Watch. You can also keep moving with the music you love as the app has Spotify and iTunes integration. Runkeeper is available on the App Store and Google Play.
Exercising at the correct intensity can help you get the most out of your workouts. This app helps you stay in the (heart rate) zone while you’re training. Zones For Training shows you your exercise intensity using your real-time heart rate by integrating with Apple Watch and monitoring your pulse.
By analysing your resting and active heart rate, the app determines when you’re burning fat. Zones For Training is best for someone who is more experienced with working out and wants to get more detailed information on how to reach their goals. Click here to download Zones For Training.
Do you wake up feeling exhausted even though you’ve had a full night’s sleep? This app is the one for you! Pillow is a sleep tracking app for iPhone and Apple Watch users. It monitors movements and sounds while you sleep and then provides you with a detailed analysis of your nightly slumber along with recommendations on how to sleep better.
Users are given an insight into their body’s ideal sleep and optimal wake times. Pillow also features an audio recorder which records snoring during the night and a built-in smart alarm clock. You can download Pillow here.