It seems that most of us are glued to our phones throughout the day. If I leave the house without it, I feel completely naked, as if I forgot to put pants on for the day. There are a whole slew of dangers that are linked to our addiction to the smartphone, but let’s sweep that under the rug for a moment and hop on over to the sunny side of the street to focus on the benefits these little devices offer us.
There’s an app for everything, and there are many apps for health and wellness. Here are just six of the ones I use and love.
Let’s start our journey into healthy iPhone apps with the head; the brain actually. Lumosity is a fun, research-based app that gives you games and challenges to help your brain flourish. Their claim to fame is, “We transform science into delightful games.” That is exactly what their unique, fun-to-play games do. It increases your cognitive abilities in as little as ten weeks. I noticed my ability to recall and process information flourished within the first three days of using the app.
This next app is good for the soul. Relax Melodies is an amazing app that has 52 ambient sounds, four brainwave beats, a timer and gives you the ability to mix your own sounds together. People report being able to fall asleep after 20 minutes of listening to the sounds. It is also great if you just want to zen out and relax, or if you need some calming background music for studying.
If you don’t have a lot of time, but want to get a good workout in, then 7-Minute Workout is the app for you. It’s a research-supported program that is quite popular all over the world. It consists of 12 exercises that you do for 30 seconds with 10-second resting intervals. No equipment is needed, and all the exercises are easy to do. It tracks progress and rewards you for consistent workouts. Trainers through video, audio, pictures, and text guide you. It also works with Apple Watch, and you don’t need to be connected to the Internet to use it.
Does music inspire you to workout, or keep you going once you start your workout? Fit Radio is a great way to stay inspired while running, pumping iron, biking or walking. Whatever your choice workout is, Fit Radio has ready mixed playlists for you. All you have to do is pick your genre and push play, and you are off and running with a great soundtrack. It’s free and easy to use. It takes all the work out of finding the right tunes for your exercise regime.
How many of you get bored with the same workouts at the same gym day after day? With the fitted app (and membership), you can find and access boutique gyms in the Orange County and (soon) in the San Diego area for any type of workout you’re looking for. From CrossFit to Yoga, Indoor Rock Climbing to Pole, fitted has over 100 gyms in the network to choose from. A membership will give you unlimited access to thousands of gyms.
How many times have you been on a diet and run out of interesting things to eat? I, for one, hate diets for that exact reason. Make My Plate is a great app that will plan the meals for you, making sure each meal is packed with protein, healthy carbs, fiber and other nutrients. Each meal is created by certified dietitians and calculates calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat. It even offers a grocery list option, which will make your shopping experience run more smoothly while dieting. There is live support if you need it. It makes the planning part of dieting effortless.
Whether you are a health nut or just want to get fit, these apps were made for you. If your phone is going to be with you 24/7, then you should make it work for you 24/7.