9 Mobile Apps That Will Improve Your Health
There’s plenty of talk about how technology can get the best of us, causing many of us to stare too intently at a screen far too often. But it can also help us better ourselves! Exhibit A: The assortment of healthy living apps you can use to do everything, from exercising your brain power to optimizing your sleep cycle to cracking the code on how to actually stick to your diet or exercise regimen. Scroll for some of our favorites. You’ll thank us later!
Failing to get restful sleep is a leading cause of recurring health problems, and it’s something so many of us struggle with! This cult-favorite app is intended to help users overcome insomnia, and is beloved for its soothing and highly effective guided meditations.
Discover more than 100 healthy (and, true to the app’s name, delicious!) recipes on this app from blogger and author Ella Woodward. The plant-based, gluten-free, and sugar-free meals—as well as several detox menus—will inspire you to look at eating differently.
Yes, calories are important to keep track of. But it’s also important to look past the label and understand the whys and hows of what we’re buying and eating. Fooducate contains an impressive library of groceries and grades them based upon nutrition, ingredients, and serving size.
The mini games included in the Lumosity app may have been designed by neuroscientists to train memory, attention, and problem solving, but they’re also really quite fun. Fifteen or 20 minutes a day is enough to give your brain the workout it needs!
Stay on top of your diet and calorie intake with this easy-to-use app. Set reminders to alert you when you’re slacking, and connect with friends to tap into some peer-to-peer motivation.
When it comes to sticking to our healthy living goals, some of us may need a little more of a nudge—or active incentivizing—than others! Enter: Pact, an app that allows you to earn cash by sticking to a goal, getting paid by other members who don’t. It sounds kind of crazy, but it works. You can also connect your FitBit or sync your diet patterns via MyFitnessPal for an inclusive look at your progress.
Drinking more water is one of the simplest paths to feeling and looking your best. Plant Nanny functions as a kind of Tamagatchi for drinking H2O—in order to keep your cute little plant alive and help him grow, you must “water” it at certain times by drinking water. There is a strange sort of pleasure that comes when you drink your goal amount of water and get to watch your cute plant sprout flowers.
Ever notice how some days you wake up effortlessly, and other days—despite having gone to bed at the same time—the task is literal torture? Studies suggest it’s all about timing, and whether you’re in REM or light sleep! The Sleep Cycle alarm clock app tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during a period of light sleep. Presto. Morning-person magic in the palm of your hand.
Supremely customizable, the Yoga Studio app is the pinnacle of yoga apps, allowing you to choose classes from 10 to 60 minutes, create your own routines, and select what type of practice you’re seeking (strength, flexibility, relaxation, and so on). Bonus: No internet connection is required, and you can sync your schedule with your calendar.
Do you use any of these or other healthy lifestyle apps? Tell us in the comments below!