Five Free Apps To Help You Keep Your New Years Resolutions6th January 2019
With the start of a new year, many of us are looking at ways to modify parts of our lives to have a happier and healthier year. Making resolutions is the easy part, sticking to them is where it gets hard. This year why not let your mobile phone play a part in helping you achieve your goals. Here we have listed some of our favourite health and lifestyle apps available for both Android and Apple iOS. What’s more, they are all free!
BBC Good Food: Recipes
If you are looking to give your diet an overhaul, then the BBC Good Food app is a great place to source new meal inspiration.
With access to over 10,000 recipes, you’ll be sure to find some new ideas to suit your taste & budget. You’ll find loads of categories from low cost & low calorie meals, lunch ideas, vegetarian inspiration to quick and snappy recipes.
Simply save your favourite recipes and create your own personal cookbook to access when you require.
My Fitness Pal: Calorie Counter
This app is one of the most popular calorie counting and activity tracking apps for achieving weight loss goals. Simply fill out a personal profile and choose your weight loss target then start recording. It allows you to add the foods that you eat either manually, by searching for them in the food database, or using your camera to read the barcode on the food packaging.
The app also highlights the nutritional areas where you are lacking or overindulging such as your sugar and salt intake or how much protein you are consuming each day.
In addition to counting calories, the app also allows you to keep track of the energy you burn through exercise and takes this into account when suggesting the calories you should consume each day to achieve your weight loss goal.
Nike Training Club: Workouts & Fitness Plans
Whether you’re looking to work off those extra pounds you gained during the holidays or you’re interested in building a more active lifestyle, your smartphone makes an excellent workout companion.
With apps such as Nike Training Club with over 185 workouts to choose from, you can exercise anywhere, anytime. From your living room to a hotel room whilst on a business trip, there is no excuse not to stick to your exercise routine.
All workouts are body-weight only, range from 15-45 minutes and vary between low, moderate and high intensity to ensure there are options available for all abilities.
If that’s not enough, then get motivated by top athletes such as Christiano Ronaldo or Serena Williams who take you through their own inspired workouts.
Headspace: Meditation & Mindfulness
If you already lead an active lifestyle or developing an exercise routine isn’t on your agenda, why not start off your wellness journey by learning how to meditate with the Headspace app. You can begin with their 10-day beginner’s course that shows you the essentials of practicing mindfulness on a daily basis.
You will be guided through meditations via audio sessions where one of the company’s co-creators leads you on a journey of contemplation.
Thousands of studies have shown meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, or improving relationships.
Try Dry: The Dry January App
Lots of us feel like we could do with some time off, especially after the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Dry January is the perfect way to reset your relationship with alcohol, bringing benefits such as improved sleep & weight loss.
Using the Dry January app you can:
- Track your units, calories and money saved
- Works for a month off or year-round drink tracking
- Use the health quiz to check up on your drinking
- Keep track of your current and best ever dry streaks
- Receive regular support emails if you want them