5 Apps to Improve Your Health & Wellness

Written by Natasha Merchant on June 29, 2016

We are all guilty of spending way too much time on our phones. But what if we started channeling our app-obsession towards promoting a healthier lifestyle? While there is no shortage of apps claiming to improve your wellbeing and help you conquer those bad habits, it’s not always easy to tell which ones are worth your time (or money!) Luckily, we’ve tested a range of apps that target various areas of health and wellness, and now we want to share our favorites with you!

1. To wake up feeling well-rested:Sleep Cycle

$$: $0.99 iPhone +Android

This intelligent alarm clock is perfect to help you maximize your sleep by waking you up during the lightest phase of your sleep. Using the accelerometer in your phone, Sleep Cycle tracks your movement to determine if you are in a deep sleep or light sleep throughout the night. Not only will it wake you up naturally during your lightest sleep, but the app will also show you detailed statistics and graphs that help you get the most satisfying slumbers!

 

2. To educate yourself on the food you put into your body: Fooducate

$$: Free! iPhone +Android

Though it is known for its effective weight-loss help, Fooducate looks beyond calorie count by assessing the quality of food you eat daily. You can search different brands or simply scan the barcode, and Fooducate will let you know if your selection is the best choice to fuel your body. You can even connect with their culinary community to get diet tips and your daily dose of motivation from other app-users. As an added bonus, Fooducate connects with the Apple Health app to synchronize your daily activity and track the calories you burn throughout the day.

 

3. To connect with your emotional intelligence: AWARENESS

$$: $3.99 iPhone +Android

Do you ever get so busy during the day that you forget to take a breath? Well, you’re not alone! AWARENESS recognizes the importance of inner peace and intercepts your daily routine to encourage you to take a moment and reflect on how you are feeling. It helps you make your worries more concrete and guides you through exercises that leave you feeling calm and refreshed. Developed by a group of psychotherapists, this app allows you to become aware of your emotions so that you can harness them to your benefit.

 

4. To track your daily movement without a second thought: Moves

$$: Free! iPhone +Android

Tracking daily activity seems like a great idea, but it’s easier said than done! If you want to get all of the data of your movement without the hassle of remembering how many blocks you walked during lunch, then Moves is the app for you. When you open the app, it shows you the distance, duration, steps and calories burned from your movement with a user-friendly timeline display. By viewing the exercise you do every day, Moves can help you make small changes that lead to healthy habits!

 

5. To boost your happiness in everyday life: Happify

$$: Free! iPhone +Android

What better way to make positive changes in your life than to play fun games! With Happify, you can take control of your feelings and thoughts with mood-boosting activities that have been developed by leading scientists, studying psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy for decades. This app offers a collection of exercises, articles, and programs that are specifically tailored based on your “happiness score.” Whether you have a small slice of time or plenty of time to kill, Happify is convenient and helpful wherever you are!

 

Know of a great app that helps you stay positive? We’d love for you to share it in the comments!

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About the Author

Natasha is the Community Manager at SimplePractice. She adds avocado to everything and enjoys spending her free time outdoors, in the sun.

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