7 of the best health and wellbeing apps
One of the coolest things about living in 2018 is that there’s pretty much an app for everything. Can’t be bothered getting up off the couch to make dinner? Uber Eats. In a foreign country and have no idea how to order a glass of wine? Google Translate. Hear a song on the radio and want to add it to your running playlist? Shazam. You get the picture, we’re spoilt for choice! The same goes for apps that help you manage your health and wellbeing – but with so many available, it’s always helpful to have a recommendation to avoid an iPhone full of apps you never end up using. Here are a few of the beautyheaven team’s favourite health and wellbeing apps. You’re welcome.
For the runners
Map My Run is an awesome app for tracking your distance travelled and your split time overall – which is kind of like having your own personal coach. It also tells you how many calories you’ve burned, which is always a good motivator, let’s be honest. Another app, Running Trainer, allows you to programme in your skill level and your goals, and gives you on-going encouragement via the in-app coach.
For cycle tracking
Whether you’re trying to conceive or just keen to know when your period is due, a cycle tracker is a godsend. Ovia is a fully comprehensive app which keeps track of the different phases of your cycle, tells you when you’re at your most fertile, shares interesting articles on women’s health and monitors your symptoms throughout your cycle to help create a more accurate reading over time.
For creative thinking
To get your head in the game, Ananda is an ambient noise app that switches between different frequencies and modes for creative thinking, concentration and energy. It’s simple to use with a nice clean design – and no annoying bells and whistles to get in the way.
For getting to sleep
Whether you want to listen to sounds of the beach, ocean waves, clocks or the city, the Deep Relax app allows you to set a time limit to listen to the music before switching it off. It’s relaxing, restful and a lovely way to fall asleep if you’re not lucky enough to live by the ocean.
For troubled sleepers
One of the bh team started using the Sleep Cycle app when she noticed she was grinding her teeth at night which was causing a disrupted sleep. By placing your phone near you in bed, the app can monitor your active deep sleep as well as the times when your slumber gets interrupted, to give you an accurate analysis of your sleep patterns each night. And as an added bonus, you can set a timer for the app to slowly wake you with soft music. What a dream!
There’s something for everyone in the Headspace app, with a variety of guided meditations to enhance or support different aspects of your life. Anytime you need a little moment of calm, this app will help to clear your head, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and concentration – to name just a few benefits. You can get a basic, free version to test it out, or a monthly subscription costs around $19. It's worth it.
Can you recommend any other apps to help support your health and wellbeing? Let us know in the comments below.