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How Apps Can Help Your Mental & Physical Health

Category: Health  

We all have specific health and personal goals we want to reach and trying to keep track of and actually achieve them can be difficult. This is where technology can be used to our advantage.


Our digital devices frequently become distractions, and keeping ourselves on track to achievement is definitely a time to use them correctly. Fortunately, in this day and age of “there's an app for that,” we can take our weakness and make it our strength. My research discovered plenty of apps to help focus your attention on improving your habits, both physical and mental. Below are some of the best ones for achieving success in all areas of life.

Try these apps out!

Headspace
This is an app aimed at maintaining your mental health, which is just as important as your physical health. Start using the guided meditations just a few minutes a day and you will notice heightened levels of clarity and focus. Meditation is a proven stress reliever, and less stress means better concentration all around. After you’ve de-stressed, use the soothing sounds of the app’s sleep function to drift off peacefully.

Calm
The Calm app is similar to Headspace, with a greater focus on sleep and relaxation. Choose one of the many sounds for a meditation session, or fall asleep while you listen to the rainforest, ocean waves, or thunderstorms, all extremely effective. Another great option on this app are the adult and kids sleep stories. It might feel weird to listen to a bedtime story as an adult, but these are truly amazing and so imaginative, and help you fall right to sleep. Both Calm and Headspace are wonderful at encouraging a relaxed frame of mind, which in turn encourages restful sleep. A consistent sleep schedule is essential for optimum brain health and functioning.

Elevate
Sometimes we get so busy working and learning new skills we forget to brush up on the old ones. Elevate is an app that exercises your brain to keep it sharp. The practices they provide cover a variety of topics and disciplines. Vocabulary, reading comprehension, and math problems, for example, work different parts of your brain, kind of like flexing your mental muscles to stay fit. A few minutes a day with this app will yield improvements in the way you process information. I highly recommend this app.

Fooducate
This app allows you to make healthy snack choices by scanning the barcode on the snack and giving it a health grade from A to D. It's an easy way to find out the real healthy snack superstars, and ignore the imitators. Just scan the barcode of any food product for a nutrition grade and assistance in choosing a healthier alternative. The better our food choices, the healthier out lifestyle.

People who meditate generally lead happier lives than those who don’t. Meditation is known to enhance the flow of constructive thoughts and positive emotions.

If you walk 10,000 steps per day with 3,000 of those steps at a brisk walking to jogging pace, you should be burning enough calories.

More apps for you to try

Sworkit

If you are just starting out on your fitness journey you may find it difficult to know where to begin. That’s where Sworkit comes in, to help take the stress and confusion out of building a healthy and customized workout. It's important to start slow in your fitness journey and work your way up so you sidestep burnout or injury. This app will guide you along to achieving your small fitness goals all the way to your big ones. You can choose the length of your workout, from five minutes to an hour, and the app fills that time with the type of exercises you prefer.

Sleepcycle
We covered apps that help you fall asleep, and this app lets you know if you actually got the sleep you need. As it monitors sound and movement it tracks and analyzes if and how you are actually sleeping. A bonus is that it will use your alarm to wake you up according to where you are in your sleep cycle. Sleep is so crucial for good health that being smart about when you sleep and for how long can be the best way to optimize your body and mind.

Sweat coin
This app incentives you to walk more, not just for the calorie burn but for the coins you can rack up while going about your daily business. Each step you take earns a coin, and when you accumulate enough of them you can purchase things through the app with them. Pretty convenient and useful since you are going to take those steps anyway!


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The takeaway

This list could go on forever. The number of apps designed to get and keep you in peak mental and physical condition are just about endless. I chose the ones I like best and use almost every day. I recommend that you sample them, and of course do your own research and find the ones that best suit your needs. If you wear a step-tracking device, such as a Fitbit, you may prefer the apps that connect with them to give you a real-time picture of how well you are meeting your health and activity goals. The main thing is to discover the types of movement, eating, relaxing, and sleeping that you enjoy and will practice faithfully.