Fit, strong, lean and healthy? There’s an app for that!
Your health, your way
As a tech-loving generation, with a lifestyle that integrates our physical wellbeing with our digital persona, our favourite stores are Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.
While you can’t exactly download a killer body, nine hours of blissful slumber or a V-shaped torso, you can download the apps to help you attain them.
Here’s our pick of nine apps to re-boot your health*:
Whether you want to do stretches, resistance training or a chilled yoga session, Sworkit is for you. You can choose exercises for as little as five to 15 minutes. Show dedication and the app promises results in as little as six weeks.
2. C25K (Couch to 5K)
Never thought you could run five kilometres? With this app you could cross that finish line in under two months. It’s designed to give you every bit of advice and support you need and is specifically designed for absolute beginners.
3. Down Dog
Follow an instructor through every pose and find your zen – anywhere, any time. This app provides detailed instructional videos to help you safely perform a yoga routine tailored to your fitness and strength level.
Goal: Weight loss
Fad diets come and go but MyFitnessPal says losing weight – and keeping it off – involves monitoring what you eat. The app is easy to use and holds a database of more than five million foods to help you do just that. You log everything you eat on the app and it shows you a breakdown of your nutrition intake for the day so you can make a calculated decision on what to put on your plate the next.
If counting kilojoules isn’t your thing, mindful eating might be. And because it’s easy to underestimate your portion sizes in the moment, this iOS-only app allows you to take a snap of your food, record comments and make a visual connection with what you’re eating, which makes it easy for you to review your diet, so you can be more mindful of your food choices and portion sizes going forward.
Track your activity and how many calories you’ve burned with this free, handy app, which works well with - or without - the Fitbit wearable device. You can even enter the kilojoules you’ve eaten to see where your energy balance stands at day’s-end.
Keen to learn something new that interests you? Looking for inspiration? Work out? Learn to cook? Or destress by watching the latest, funniest cat videos? We’ve all been in a YouTube wormhole. Let’s face it - YouTube is a must have. Whatever it is you’re looking for, this is the go-to app for that.
There’s a life-hack to lower stress and improve your overall sense of wellbeing, explain the founders of Headspace, Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson. The tagline for the app says it all: you can “cultivate awareness and compassion to better understand both the mind and the world around you”, in as little as 10 minutes a day.
We couldn’t forget nib’s app. Forget about filling out lengthy forms when you need to claim for your doctor, dentist or chiro visit; a simple photo of your invoice will do. With the nib app, your essential health insurance information is contained in one neat, easy-to-access digital platform. Easy!
*Please note that some of these apps may not be free and may require in-app payments for full access. Functionality may also vary dependant on the device the app is accessed from.
Important things to know
Information correct as at September 2018