Science & Technology

Technology is good for you!

In modern society technology is becoming more and more prevalent and so here we have 5 apps you can download on your phone to help you live a healthier lifestyle. I would also like to add that I have personally used each of these apps and all the information is from my own experiences with them.

  1. BetterMe Weight Loss Workouts (Apple & Android) is an terrific app for helping you keep to your meal and workout plans. I recommend using it alongside the 5th app on this list. I found this to be one of the better weight loss apps on the market, I mean it’s no substitute for determination and hard work but then again it’s not meant to be instead it’s meant to help you organise your fitness and diet routines. Developed with advice from real health professionals, and easy to use and personalise, you can rest assured that this app will help you to make and keep track of changes which will hopefully make you healthier.
  • C25K (Couch to 5K run training) (Apple & Android) is the perfect app for those new to running/exercising, and is designed to get you moving at a reasonable pace, and build up endurance. What’s truly innovative about this app, other than the fact it is easy to use is that it truly understands how people exercise. How if you haven’t worked out in a while or if exercise isn’t a part of your usual routine then it can be even more difficult so it lets you start off slow, and build up, it asks you to set realistic goals and rewards you for sticking to them. Their is a simple 9 week running plan you can follow, which lets you build to an impressive goal, truly a marathon rather than a sprint.
  • Pacifica (Apple & Android) helps you to De-Stress using tried and tested CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) methods to help you manage anxiety. I should add that the for full access you do need to pay for this app, but the free/base version should have enough to help you start making more mindful choices and using the tried and tested CBT techniques to work through stressful situations. I’ve used it off and on for about 6 months now and I’ve found that even just having something to consult, and steps to work through has been incredibly helpful.
  • SleepCycle (Apple & Android) is a great app for monitoring and measuring your sleep cycle and helping to promote a health circadian rhythm. Now if you’re like me, then you end up using your devices right up until you need to sleep, and this disrupts your natural sleeping pattern. But this app is designed to be used while you’re asleep, you place it near you or under your pillow so that it can detect movements and noise as you sleep then it can process all that data to find the optimum time to wake you up and thus guarantee a better sleeping rhythm and hopefully from that you’ll find some benefit to your daily life.
  • MyFitnessPal: Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker (Apple & Android) is a nice little App for keeping a count of your calorie intake, perfect for keeping to a diet. As I said even though they are from different companies and developers, this one goes well with the 1st app on this list, because it means you can carefully monitor both your workouts and also your calorie intake which is paramount when trying to cut down on those unwanted pounds. I think the only flaw with this and all the apps on this list is that they aren’t magical solve all tools, you need to hold yourself accountable for what they tell you and actually be willing to make changes but if you use these apps then doing that will be easier.

Honourable mentions:

  • Pokemon Go (Apple and Android) Okay so not technically a fitness app, but the game promotes physical activity because a large part of it is going out walking and exploring. I’ve personally lost about a 14 pounds by using it, simply because it makes walking, running and generally getting out and moving fun. Also because you’re playing a game it occupies you and you don’t even really feel like you’re exercising. During the summer I was regularly walking a mile or two per day and even managed to get a health tan as well, so that’s why I included it on this list.
  • Wunderlist (Apple and Android) Again not a health app, but if you’re like me, then keeping lists makes things more organised which makes life a whole lot easier and as a result you’ll feel better. So yeah, I honestly feel that by planning everything down and being able to tick items off not only made my schedule easier to manage but gave me a sense of accomplishment. So Wunderlist can easily promote an easier, more organised lifestyle.

So we have a little bit of everything here, apps to help you sleep better, to help you fight anxiety, to help you manage what you eat and for exercising, and hopefully with just these few apps you can download to your mobile device (Android or Apple) you can make better choices health wise and maybe feel better overall.

Thomas Neil is a 23 year old freelance writer from Ayrshire, Scotland and the Editor at Off the Record. He likes music, books and games so that’s what he tends to write about.

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