While fitness and healthy eating goals tend to reset in January, there’s no time like the present to get back on a health kick. Fitness “off-season” is the perfect time to experiment with what systems work best to increase personal overall health.
Beyond the already popular MyFitnessPal and Fitbit, there are hundreds of health-centered apps to jump into. Whether you’re looking to work on your abs or work on mental health, the health and wellness categories are full of motivation and guidance to lead you to a better life.
Optimal for: People who are phone addicts
The purpose: Our phones seem to be glued to our hands and sometimes it can serve as a distraction while in class or work. This app uses a “stay focused, be present” method. Forest allows you to plant a seed that will grow into a tree as long as you don’t exit the app. Looking at phone notifications kills the tree. The focus timer can be adjusted for any activity and features changing motivations and reminders to put the phone down.
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Optimal for: People who are stressed, worried or lonely
The purpose: Sometimes you can’t wait for an appointment with a therapist. With this app, users can receive free anonymous counseling from “trained active listeners.” This listening-ear app is available to help 24/7 through a text messaging system. This one-on-one app also includes 300 mindfulness exercises, chat rooms, and community forums.
Optimal for: People who are not gym rats
The purpose: This mobile personal trainer takes the user’s weight loss and fitness goals and compiles purpose-driven routines and meal plans. The app touts workouts that don’t require equipment. This creates the freedom to accomplish workouts in the privacy of the home or in the fresh air.
Optimal for: People who are not drinking enough water
The purpose: Life happens and remembering to drink eight glasses of water is not ideal. This app allows users to set up their personal water needs and sends reminders when it is time for another glass of water.
Optimal for: People who struggle to relax
The purpose: Whether you are a beginner or experienced in meditation, this app offers sessions to deal with the areas of stress, anxiety, self-esteem, happiness and many other topics. The app also features breathing exercises and adult bedtime stories.
Optimal for: People with odd sleeping habits
The purpose: If you’re waking up groggy, perhaps it’s time to start tracking your sleeping patterns. This app is more than an alarm clock as it also analyzes your sleep statistics and wakes you up during the lightest sleep phase. Within the app, you are also able to track eating habits and stressful days.
Optimal for: People who need motivation
The purpose: This over-all wellness app is meant to help transform your life. There is weight loss help thanks to the seven-minute workouts and breathing exercises. This app also features a health advisor as well as a peaceful timer for power nap sessions.