Nutrition | POSTED August 25, 2021

5 Apps That Will Make You Healthier

Following Friday’s announcement that Greater Sydney’s lockdown has been extended until the end of September, we need to find ways to keep up our healthy habits from home. A daily walk or run is vital for our fitness as well as our mental health, so make sure you are getting out for your daily dose of vitamin D outdoors [1]. I also recommend doing some strength training at least twice per week. You can read my previous blog for home-based strength training exercises. Ivy Training also offers Tailored Nutrition Consultations to support you to come out of this lockdown looking and feeling great for summer. But have you ever thought about downloading some apps that will make you healthier?

While we are all stuck at home, our phones can actually be our biggest source of connection and motivation in more ways than one, and they can also help us stay mentally and physically healthy. We’ve researched five apps that will make you healthier, and can keep us on track every day.


Healthy App #1: Endel

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Maintaining productivity, managing anxiety, and sleeping well can be challenging at the best of times. During a pandemic, it can seem impossible. Luckily, the Endel app has designed soundscapes (backed by neuroscience) to boost productivity, improve sleep and reduce stress. Pick from a series of scenarios, including “deep work”, “self-care”, and “sleep”. Then, the app will play sounds to create the optimal environment for you. It’s no wonder that Endel was the Apple Watch App of the year for 2020 given how well the app works, and the fact that it’s backed by science. If you’re going to download any of these apps that will make you healthier, let this one be it.


Healthy App #2: Down Dog

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Yoga is a great way to supplement your normal fitness regime; it helps with flexibility, relaxation and muscle health [2]. It can also be practised in as little as 15 minutes. To help find the right yoga sequence for you, the Down Dog app has been designed to generate a yoga class for the length of time you have available. Once you’ve selected your time, the app will produce a video class, with thorough instructions, so you can get the most out of the poses. You can also personalise your sessions by selecting your yogi level (from beginner to advanced), your preferred music style and your choice of narrator. The app also offers meditation, prenatal yoga, and barre classes.


Healthy App #3: UV Lens

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This free app designed in New Zealand to help you stay safe in the sun. UV Lens provides you with forecasts of UV intensity that are updated throughout the day to warn you when UV levels are at their highest. That way, you can avoid exercising outside during those times, or you can make sure you wear extra sunscreen and a hat. The app is also customisable to your personal skin type. This means you can understand how long you can safely be in the sun and avoid getting burnt. Genius.


Healthy App #4: WaterMinder

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Our bodies are composed of about 60% water [3], so if staying hydrated is an issue for you, this app will motivate you to drink more water throughout the day. It’s simple to use and compatible with your Apple Watch, so logging your water intake is super quick. The app will also send you a gentle reminder if it’s been a while since your last glass. Having good hydration habits can also help control your calorie intake and will assist in keeping your skin looking good [4]. In addition, you can set your own hydration goals and track your progress. It’s an easy way to ensure you’re looking and feeling your best by the time summer comes.


Healthy App #5: Streaks

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This Australian-designed app has been created to support making and breaking habits. For example, it’s been used to help quit smoking and reduce drinking. You can track up to 12 tasks you want to complete each day. Meaning you can encourage yourself towards positive habits (such as exercising more), while at the same time tracking the habits you want to see less of (such as Netflix and Doritos). Streaks works on the “don’t break the chain” philosophy. You’re rewarded for your “streaks”, the number of days in a row you complete (or avoid) each habit. Depending on the settings you choose, Streaks can also integrate data from other apps, including Health and Sleep apps, to save you time checking everything off. This is one of our favourite apps that will make you healthier with your habits.

Resources

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1402378/
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-benefits-of-yoga
  3. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/what-percentage-of-the-human-body-is-
    water
  4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-health-benefits-of-water