With the new year upon us, you might be dusting off that old scale and forcing yourself to go to the gym before the sun’s up. But wellness is more than just dropping some weight (although that can help) and it can look different for everyone. Wellness can be a way of taking control of our lives and making conscious decisions about how we want to live. Of course, this is much easier said than done, so we’ve compiled a list of apps that can make your wellness journey smoother and easier.
Let’s start with the fuel our wellness journey runs on. Wellness often entails balance, so before you start starving yourself and working out incessantly, check out these apps that can help you develop better eating habits.
- Mealime: A meal planner that helps you make healthy choices head of time, so you don’t just end up grabbing the quickest and easiest option.
- Noom: This app uses psychological research to help build better habits allowing you to meet your weight and diet goals.
- Lose It!: This app acts as a personal calorie counter and food/meal tracker to help you stick to your diet goals and eat healthier.
If you don’t sleep well, it’s tough to feel well. But the tricky part is knowing how well you actually slept since, well…you’re asleep during that time. Let these apps help you rest easier.
- Sleep Cycle: Tap into your body’s natural sleep cycle with this app that analyzes your sleep and can even work as an alarm that will wake you up at the right moment in your sleep cycle so that you feel the most refreshed and awake.
- Sleep Score: How can you analyze sleep when it’s not quantifiable? You download Sleep Score, which turns your sleep patterns into a score that can be more easily analyzed.
Get Active, Get Fit:
Physical activity is not only good for your body, it’s good for your mind and your mood. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your activity with these apps.
- Nike Training Club: This app is focused on physical training and fitness, and comes with a range of options that allow users to follow short and long term workout plans easily.
- Aaptiv: Get a trainer in your ear to help you push through your workout without having to stare at your phone screen the entire time. With Aaptiv, a trainer tells you what to do, with music in the background, to help you focus on technique and feel encouraged.
- Runkeeper: This GPS fitness-tracking app helps you track your fitness activities such as walking, running and cycling. Once you complete an activity, Runkeeper provides basic statistics of that activity like how far you've gone, a map of your path, how fast you're going, and how many calories you've burned. The app also offers "challenges" that require you to complete a defined workout within a time limit.
We often talk about body and mind as separate entities but more and more research is showing us just how connected our minds and bodies really are.
- Yoga for Beginners: The name is fairly self explanatory. This app lets you build a regular yoga practice right from your phone! If you’re nervous about jumping right into group yoga classes, start with this app and build some confidence.
- Headspace: Headspace is filled with soothing, guided meditations—like breathing exercises, body scans and more! Headspace makes living mindfully extremely approachable, especially if you’re trying it for the first time.
Build Better Habits:
Bad habits are hard to break. Good habits are hard to build. These apps could give you the edge you need to get in the habit of wellness.
- Streaks: As the name implies, this app helps you build “streaks” of healthy habits—whether it’s eating healthy, working out, taking the dog for a walk, studying a forigen language, or just about anything else.
- Flamy: This is an app designed to help people quit smoking. You can set goals, use different motivations to meet those goals, and even monitor different aspects of your health that will improve as you smoke less.
- Way of Life: Users input the habits they want to break as well as those good habits they want to build. The app will then provide notifications to help users stay on track. Over time users can assess their progress and begin to understand what is at the root of their bad habits.
Mental and Emotional Wellness:
Wellness isn’t just physical—it also includes feeling well emotionally and mentally.
- Mindshift CBT: This app is based on the philosophies and techniques of cognitive behavioral theory (CBT). It helps people adjust their thinking and behaviors as a way to quiet anxiety.
- Happify: Just play some games and boost your mood! This app is also based on cognitive behavioral theory but uses gamification as the mode.
- Calm: Calm is a sleep and mediation app to help you get better sleep, lower stress, and lessen anxiety.
Feel Good Financially:
Financial wellness can help relieve stress and tension on relationships or just personal stress and tension.
- digit: Make saving automatic. With digit you set a savings goal and everyday digit analyzes your spending and income in order to transfer the right amount of money to a savings account, without leaving your checking overdrawn.
- Mint: Mint’s been around for a long time and moved through a number of versions. While it has more features than you might need, it is the most comprehensive app for understanding your entire financial landscape. It can even help you increase your credit score!
- Qapital: Qapital connects to your bank accounts and lets you save money, set goals, get investment advice, and even uses IFTTT (if this then that) rules to automate actions.