We spend so much time with our heads in our phones these days so why not put that time to good use and help yourself lead a happier and healthier lifestyle. It seems like there’s an app for everything including tips and ways to get your 30 minutes of daily physical activity or to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and that can keep you motivated. Here’s some of our top picks of fitness and healthy living apps.
1. My Fitness Pal’s Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
This app is the most popular health and fitness app in the world, and it’s easy to see why. It has a database of over 6 million foods making it easy to track your diet and meals in terms of macros and calories. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or put on muscle, this app helps determine the best things to eat to meet your goals. Input your meals and see how your daily intake measures up.
2. Couch to 5k
For those who want to try running but have never known where to start, this is app is the one to get you going. It sets up a training plan for those of you who have never run in your lives and slowly over an eight week program build it can build you up, with three workouts per week, to a steady running distance of 5 kilometres.
3. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Getting a proper night’s kip can be the difference between a good and bad day. Poor sleeping habits can really affect your mood and health. This app analyses sleeping patterns to ensure you’re waking up at the perfect time. It slowly wakes you up 30 minutes before your alarm, which is when you’re meant to be in your lightest sleep state. You should wake up feeling more refreshed and ready to take on the day… Say goodbye to groggy mornings!
Moves monitors just how active you are and is a seriously cool app! Your phone stays in your pocket all day and the app tracks your steps and mileage based on movement. It tracks what locations you’ve visited and can even display what mode of transport you’ve been using. At the end of the day you can see how much you’ve walked, run, or cycled in the last 24 hours. After the first period of use you can set up goals and work on beating your daily target or improving your pace and activity level.
5. Strava Running and Cycling
If you’re a serious runner or cyclist and you need one place to keep track of your most recent runs and rides this is the one for you. The app has capabilities that can track distance, speed, elevation, calories burned, heart rate and more. It also runs regular challenges that last from a single day up to a month. They normally involve running or riding a certain distance, or climbing a certain height, a chance to be competitive against friends!