If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time on your phone. Between texting, calling, emailing, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Google Maps, TransLink Journey Planner and apps for managing both my Facebook page and my blog, there is a lot that I get done on my phone every day. But, as you know, one of the best things about having a smart phone is that there is an app for everything, however, this doesn’t always mean that every app is awesome, so in no particular order, I thought I’d list a few of my favourite health and wellness apps to help make your life a little easier.
1. Lorna Jane
Free on iTunes
I’ve been using the Lorna Jane app for about a year now, but very recently it’s been updated, and I’m incredibly impressed with the new functionality of the app.
Upon opening the app there is (of course!) a motivational quote that just makes you feel positive. The original part of the app is called “Move” and has a GPS enabled exercise tracker, that not only allows you to track your walking and running, but other types of exercise. It allows you to pause your workout if need be and you can listen to your music while it runs, with Lorna Jane Clarkson intervening every five minutes to let you know how your workout is going. It keeps track of all your logged workouts so that you can view them later if you wish.
The new parts of the app include ‘Nourish’, which you can use to search through recipes from the MNB blog, and ‘Believe’, which generates a new motivational quote to keep up the fuzzy feel-good feelings.
Its a great app for tracking the basics and to give you some of that MNB inspiration, and I love it for tracking how far and how fast I walk.
Free on iTunes
I’ve used other period trackers before, but I feel like glow is a much more interactive app that I actually look forward to entering my data into at the end of each day (or maybe I’m just a weirdo). Not only can you track your period, but if you are looking to conceive, it tracks your ovulation and pregnancy tests.
At the end of each day, you are encouraged to log any changes (whether or not you had sex, the type of protection you used, if you gained or lost weight, exercised, how you are feeling, any symptoms you experienced, did you smoke/drink/take a new supplement or medication or perform a self breast check) and rewards you with information from up-to-date research in relation to the data you input for the day.
There is a community forum you can get involved in if you wish, and a section for notes for any information you can’t fit into the above categories. You can even link it to some already existent apps to give your health profile more complete data.
$1.29 on iTunes
This is my number one go-to app I recommend to anyone experiencing difficulty falling asleep or insomnia because for me, it was (and still is at times) a big saviour when I experienced insomnia on and off for the entirety of 2012.
The app provides a lead meditation for relaxation with choices of duration (approx. 5 mins, 10 mins, 25 mins), background sounds (relaxing music, nature sounds or silence), and volume of voice and background sounds.
At first I found the app silly, but after two nights of using it, I began to take it more seriously and found a lot of benefit. Suddenly, I was falling asleep with an hour, instead of four, five, six, seven, eight hours, I just had to listen to it on repeat initially.
It’s quite a simple app, but it really does get results if you’re willing to give it a try.
$3.79 on iTunes
Everyone (at least in the Instagram community) instantly fell in love with Belle Gibson and her ‘The Whole Pantry’ app when it was released, and for good reason! The simple app has a plethora of healthy recipes (with more released every few months) featuring some of the most beautiful food photography, guides to help you make other aspects of your life healthier, guides to find great cookbooks, documentaries, etc, and a recipe of the day to inspire you.
My favourite recipes on this would have to be the Chocolate Nutbutter Cups, Beautifying Mulled ‘Wine’ and the Black Coconut Rice Pudding.
Free on iTunes
This is a great free app that generates workouts based on the time you have available which use only the weight of your own body to achieve results. While it does have videos to show you how to do each exercise, this is not an app for someone who hasn’t been shown how to work out properly (because if you do the exercises incorrectly, you risk causing yourself injury), but if you know what you are doing, this gives you a way to mix up your exercises without too much effort