There’s an app for everything nowadays, and with clever mobile marketing (like that little buzz reminder to use an app) some people are more driven to succeed in long-term goals, rather than going it alone. This is what lifestyle apps offer, along with tips and tricks for getting the most out of sleep, diet and exercise at a comfortable pace. They give real-time results with goals, and expectations so you can leave the stress of keeping up with a consistent healthy schedule up to a reliable app.
- My Diet Coach
The hardest part about keeping up with a consistent, healthy diet is time. Dieting takes time, and depending on your dieting plan, can be stressful on your body as it maneuvers to a different digestive habit. My Diet Coach features unique tools that will help motivate your progress, like a visual weight tracker, displaying an animated version of yourself and noticing as it’s appearance changes when you update your measurement and weight. The app is multifunctional in the sense that it can also track your exercise while finding tips, reminders, and motivational quotes to keep you feeling electric about your progress.
- Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
According to the CDC, one in three adults don’t get enough sleep. That’s over a third of american adults that aren’t getting the recommended amount of sleep to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Within a 24-hour period, adults ages 18-65 should be sleeping for seven to nine of those hours. Poor sleeping habits affect practically everything in your life, especially your health. The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock analyzes your sleep schedule, creates a pattern, and ensures you get the optimal amount of rest each day. You set your alarm for the time you’d need to get out of bed, and the app will wake you within 30 minutes before that time, choosing the best time of your REM sleep cycle to wake you.
- MyFitnessPal’s Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
You can eat all the health food you want, but it’s difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle unless you’re keeping track of your calorie intake. So long as you maintain a certain calorie goal, who says you can’t enjoy the occasional burger and fry. This process is made easy with the wildly popular MyFitnessPal. It features an exceptional database of over 5 million different foods, each with its own detailed nutritional information. The app is also useful for keeping track of the amount of exercise you get per day and how that exercise has affected your calorie intake.
Your brain is technically an organ, but behaves as a muscle in the sense that it can be trained to improve different cognitive functions like working memory, math skills, and forming habits. The Lumosity app helps your brain do just that with games and daily brain workouts to improve cognitive abilities. The app is free to download, but if you get the monthly subscription you can gain access to numerous features. Lumosity works on a point system where you can compare those score over time to track your progress.
What makes a habit? Repetition. Your lifestyle didn’t choose you, you chose it. Breaking a bad habit is by far easier said than done, and not everyone can just “quit cold-turkey”. HabitBull is meant to build positive habits or break negative habits. It can help you organize your life by giving you an overview of everything you need to do on a regular basis. You can set deadlines for yourself, and choose the amount of habits you’d like to break, and all of your data is organized neatly in beautiful graphs. The app is free, but boasts it can break 100 of your habits with the premium version.
In today’s digital world, technology is helping health and wellness providers promote healthy lifestyle choices to individuals with a wide variety of wellness and lifestyle apps. These apps empower them to monitor and analyze key health indicators like heart rate, habits and stress levels to get a better understanding and handle of their lives.
What lifestyle apps have you found useful in your life? Is there an app you’ve considered creating on your own? Let us know in the comments!