Whether you want to take more time out to focus on your physical or mental well-being, or both, here are some smart phone apps that provide just enough external motivation to get you started.
Making running fun isn’t always easy, but it is when there are zombies involved. Navigate your way through a post-apocalyptic wasteland and complete missions…all while going for your daily jog.
Forget your alarm clock, use Yoga Wake Up to prompt you with a 10 minutes yoga sequence right when you get out of bed. This way there’s no excuse to put off exercise. Plus it helps you to wake up on the right side of the bed!
If anything has been shown to facilitate lifestyle change, it’s tracking your behaviour. MyFitnessPal allows you to log your diet and exercise, helping to keep you accountable for the choices you make.
There’s a lot to be said for happiness, and that’s exactly what Happify encourages. By giving you brief activities and games, it helps you to appreciate the small things in life and realize everything you have that you can be happy for.
Mindfulness meditation is all the rage nowadays, but it can be intimidating if you don’t know where to start. Headspace walks you through guided meditations step by step, so you can be on your way to a more mindful, more relaxed you.
Is sleep something you struggle with? Then this app might be for you. It uses beats and melodies to help you sleep at night, or take a powernap during the day. You can choose the length of sleep you want to suit your needs.
Based on a technique called, “progressive muscle relaxation”, this app helps you to reduce stress and tension in various parts of your body. You’re guided to tense and then release each muscle group, in order to help you unwind.