Excess technology use is always seen as a negative thing, and we agree that some laptop and mobile-free time everyday is essential for a clearer mind [Digital detox here we come!]. But, realistically speaking, most of us are glued to some form of technical device for the better part of our days. We might as well use some apps to help boost our health and keep us on track. After all, there is a flipside to every coin and it is all about how YOU decide to use technology.
Nike Training Club
The Nike Training Club app is the closest thing you will get to a customized workout right in the comfort of your own home. You can choose from 100 workout videos all designed by world-class personal trainers and customize them depending on your goals and fitness levels. Download on IOS or Android.
Drinking enough water is something we all know we should do but subconsciously push to the back of our mind all the time. Downloading an app like Waterlogged makes it harder to forget by sending notifications right to your phone when it’s time to pour yourself a fresh glass of water again. Every time you log your water intake, the app updates to show you visually how much more you have to drink too. Download on IOS here.
Being woken up in the morning is less terrible with SleepBot. The app tracks how you’re sleeping and sets an alarm at the most optimal time during your lightest sleep phase, making sure you wake up less tired. Download on IOS or Android.
We are firm believers that a healthy body only fully happens when there is a healthy and calm mind. This easy to use app presents the 7 Steps of Calm. There are seven guided sessions running from 2-20 minutes with a range of background scenes and sounds to choose from (think beaches, meadows and pouring rain). Perfect if you find it hard to unwind and take the weight off your shoulders at the end of every day. Download on IOS or Android.
Import your daily meals into the Fooducate app and keep an eye on how many calories, fat, protein, and carbs you are eating throughout your day. You can even integrate your exercise routine to get a more accurate estimation of your requirements. Download on IOS or Android.
If you are a foodie and recipe lover, you will undoubtedly be sick of converting grams to ounces, tablespoons to cups, and millilitres to cups. The Amount app will make your life in the kitchen a whole lot easier by converting cooking (and more) units for you in a neat and user friendly interface. Download on IOS here.
Smoking is a nasty habit you might have gotten sucked into at one point of your life. If you have been thinking about quitting, this app is a great motivator to help you stay in sight of how much your body is benefiting from such a move. You can see from the app how much money you’ve saved, how many cigarettes you’ve not smoked, how long you’ve been smoke free, how much life you’ve regained and how your health is improving. Download on IOS or Android.
Ladies, this one is for you. You might be thinking ‘TMI’, but staying on track of your menstrual cycle and acknowledging reproductive health is a responsibility we all have. Glow is a super sophisticated ovulation calendar that tracks ovulation, mood, symptoms, and even medications to help pinpoint your next period. By tracking this information, the app then gives you recommendations regarding fertility, when is the best time for you to sleep, and much more. Download on IOS or Android.