7 Health Apps To Try In 2020
Getting into shape, eating healthily or boosting your wellbeing doesn’t have to cost the earth. Changing habits or developing new ones can feel like a high mountain to climb after a relaxing Christmas spent mainly on the couch, but any step in the right direction will help. Fortunately, most of us carry habit-forming devices in our pockets all day: our smartphones. The best habit apps will either nudge you to do something or help you tweak your existing ones. Here are some of our favourite apps for developing healthier habits.
MyFitnessPal helps tracks diet and exercise to determine your calorie intake and nutrients in line with your goals. It’s a highly popular and motivating tool for many who wish to track and control progress. It will allow you to track calories, breakdown ingredients, and log activities to see calories burnt. Keeping a food diary helps you understand your habits and increases your likelihood of hitting your goals. You can even scan barcodes, save meals and recipes, and use Quick Tools for fast and easy food tracking. It’s one of the world’s biggest fitness communities for advice, tips, and support 24/7. There’s a paid subscription option which provides additional features, but we found the free version was plenty for us.
Couch to 5k
This is a helpful app from the NHS. Couch to 5K is designed to get you up out of your seat and running 5km (slightly over three miles) in just nine weeks. The plan involves three runs a week with rest days in between and a different running schedule each week. Produced with the BBC, the app builds you up gradually with a mix of running and walking.
Couch to 5k
If you’ve ever envied the dog walking community for its adorable pooches and the health and social aspects, you might like to borrow someone else’s dog. Yes, this is actually possible. Become a member of BorrowMyDoggy and join like-minded people in your local area who are part of the largest dog-loving community (without the commitment of actually owning the dog). All Premium members are verified, and premium membership includes insurance and access to a Vet Line. Start searching for friendly local dogs or borrowers.
Strava turns smartphones into a sophisticated running and cycling tracker (and works with your GPS watches too). You can start Strava before an activity and monitor your performance stats. Your recorded activity goes to your Strava feed, where your friends and followers can share their own races and workouts, give kudos to great performances and leave comments on each other’s activities. Compete with yourself for PBs on the same routes, or challenge friends to move the most miles in a month.
Lose It is designed to help you to lose weight while also making the process enjoyable. Simply tell it a little about yourself and it’ll devise a custom weight loss plan, setting you a daily budget and goal to aim for. Its amazing image recognition means it’ll identify the food you’re eating automatically, saving you from entering it yourself. It breaks things down according to every part of nutrition too, giving you plenty of insight.
A similar concept to Strava, Runkeeper’s fitness tracker app not only tracks activity but encourages you to get active more often. Do you have a race, time, or pace in mind? Whether you’re working towards a 10K or training for a marathon, the Runkeeper running app will help you stay motivated. You can join challenges, snag workout rewards, participate in virtual races, and share achievements with your friends too.
Health isn’t all about physical fitness. The Calm app is designed to promote sleep, meditation and relaxation. It includes a Sleep Stories function, which offers users the opportunity to nod off to the voice of actor Stephen Fry. While the Calm app is free, the company offers a premium subscription with access to additional hours of meditation, sleep stories and masterclasses.
Have you tried any of these apps? or perhaps you’ve found something else that works for you? We’d love to hear about it!
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