There’s An App For That

In my New Year’s resolution post (here), one of the things I wanted to achieve this year was being more mindful and active in life. I’ve always had a thing for apps, as they just make life so much easier and organised. With my resolution in mind, I’ve sourced new apps and rediscovered forgotten apps —all with the same purpose: to get fit and be healthy.

I tend to organise my apps in different folders and the majority of these apps, I tend to use on a daily basis. The only app I just gave up using is the standard Health app, which just is utterly useless. That aside, I use the Nike+ Running app to track my runs. There’s Runkeeper as well and having tried both, I like the Nike+ Running app much more. It tracks my pace, length, calories and route —leaving all the extra [unnecessary] features out.

To keep myself top fit for workouts, Uni and just life in general, I use the To Bed app —in fact, I’ve been using this for over 2 years now. It basically is a reminder app to tell me when it’s time to head to my bed. You can set the time you wake up each day and the hours you want to sleep. Just that and nothing more. An app I don’t use often enough is Calm. Like the name suggests, it’s a simple app to help you to meditate, relax, rewind and simply calm down. I like this as it gives me the space and opportunity for me to allow myself to empty my brain or organise my thoughts. There are different themes and tunes you can select and I’m positive there’s one that will suit you.

My Fitness Pal is most probably one of the more well known apps. I’m definitely not one to care much about the daily calorie intake, so I tend to fall in and out of love with the app. I think I can say we’ve been in an on-off relationship for years. I like this because I enjoy making lists and knowing what I’ve eaten all day is either worrying or satisfying. I did notice that if I used this routinely, I’d be more mindful when snacking and maybe would not reach for a second handful of raw nuts. They’ve also created a barcode scanner, making their database much wider than it already is. It’s particularly great if that particular product isn’t in their list and you just can’t be bothered to fill in all the product details, as it does it automatically. You can also track your water intake, perfect for those who struggle with drinking water, as it can serve as a reminder and motivator at the same time.

A very recent discovery is Balanced. Think a reminder app to keep you motivated and focused on things that matter in life to you. There is a pre-set list of reminders you can choose from and you can create your own as well, and set a time interval. You can view some of my reminders in the image above. It’s fairly simple and as a very forgetful person, these subtle reminders are just perfect to just remind you of anything. Be it drinking water, calling your parents or reminding yourself to leave your desk and stretch the legs. The very best part of all these apps? Aside from making life easier (and more fun), they’re all free y’all and ready to download.  

PS. Yes, that’s a floating pineapple as my background. 

(All apps are linked to the Apple iTunes store, apologies for Android users —most or all apps are also available in the Google Play Store)