There are, however a few occasions when reaching for your tech can actually benefit your health. Here are 6 free (or super cheap) wellness applications that I use almost daily.
Aside from ramping down the refined sugar in my diet, Headspace has been the biggest wellness game changer for me. It’s a guided meditation app that teaches the process of becoming more mindful through everyday life. The first series of introductory sessions, “Take 10”, is free forever. After that you can chose to unlock a year’s worth of content covering a whole host of areas including sleep, stress, anxiety, focus, creativity, balance and more for less than the cost of a year’s gym membership.
2. Yoga Studio
When my body doesn’t feel like venturing out for a morning a morning surf or run, I use the time to enjoy a bit of living room yoga. This is my go to app, with beginner, intermediate and advanced sets of classes that are focused on strength, balance and flexibility. There are also classes for after running and helping with back pain, in addition to relaxation and meditation. It’s not quite free, but at $6 costs less than a glass of vino.
Everybody’s been raving about this new app for runners and cyclists and I must say I am becoming a fan! I mostly use it to track distance and route run and to try and beat my own times. It also offers a community element so that you can “join challenges, share photos and follow friends”. I just quite like knowing exactly how far and fast I ran though. The beauty of Strava is that it’s absolutely free.
Granted Google is not strictly a wellness app, but is a very handy tool for assessing nutrition values. Ask Google “how much [insert nutrient, I.e fat] is in [insert food, I.e avocado] and she will give you your answer. In the case of the search above, it’s 15g / 100g. Alternatively you can search search “[insert food] nutrition” to get the full breakdown.
5. Fit Woman
For a bit of boot camp / circuit style training to get the blood pumping I turn to Fit Woman. Exercise sets are split beginner, intermediate and advanced and are focused around different fitness goals and muscle groups. The only down side to this app is that there’s a bit of a lack of flow and the lady’s voice is a bit robotic. There is the option to add your favourite tunes over the class which does help. And for $4.49 you can’t really argue anyway.
6. Bupa’s Food Switch App
I’ve become a bit of nightmare to supermarket shop with. Choosing anything in a packet has turned into a performance of label reading and attempted comparisons. This little beauty from Bupa takes the leg work out. Scan the barcode of your packet of choice, and its algorithm will present you with options that are healthier than what you have in your hand. It currently works across both UK and Australian packaged goods.