It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult, and perhaps the most challenging part is holding yourself accountable and sticking to your goals. While it’s fantastic if you’re attending a weekly group fitness class or cooking a healthy dinner a few nights a week, it’s the hours in between during which it can be tough to stay on track. That’s where apps come in: Using the resources on your smartphone can help you meet your goals while improving your physical and mental health. Here are four of our favorites.
Aqualert: Water Tracker Daily
Drinking water is a critical component of overall health, yet many of us don’t drink enough. This free app helps you track how much water you’re drinking, but it also goes beyond that. By entering some information like your weight and activity level, you can receive personalized water intake recommendations based on what you’re doing on a given day. What’s more, the app will send you notifications reminding you to drink water if you’re falling behind, plus it has a bedtime mode so that you won’t receive those notifications at night.
To create and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you have to develop healthy habits. And to develop habits, you have to repeat tasks until they become second nature and part of your daily routine. This task tracker app is the ultimate habit supporter. Available for $4.99 in the App Store, you can track up to 24 tasks each day, and there are over 600 to choose from—varying from ultra-simple things like brushing your teeth to more complex tasks like running a certain number of miles. The app will track how many days in a row you complete a task, plus allows you to share tasks so you and your friends can keep each other accountable.
Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer
If you’re looking for a simple app that will help you squeeze more exercise into your day, look no further than this one. This free app offers workouts ranging from 5 minutes to 30 minutes long, with some targeted at specific muscle groups while others work the entire body. Every exercise is demonstrated in a video by a certified personal trainer, but most workouts don’t require an internet connection to watch. If you’re looking for more challenging activities after a while, you can purchase the full version of this app, which comes with more options.
While it’s obvious to most people how to exercise their abs or legs, nurturing their mental health is less obvious. Enter the Headspace app, which features hundreds of guided audio meditations of varying lengths that can help you reduce stress, sleep better and improve focus. To give it a shot, you can try the free Basics course before purchasing an annual or monthly subscription.
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