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Our Favorite Health Apps for Mind and Body | PlushBeds

One estimate shows, the number of downloadable health "apps" or software programs for both tablet computers and smartphones might already surpass 40,000. Some health apps provide you with access to health data like data on certain foods, nutrition, workout routines, and healthy diets, while others help you to gather health-related information that is often shared with your doctor. 

These apps can help you plan healthier meals, monitor your physical activity, track your blood pressure levels, and keep track of other personal data. They can be a perfect way of gaining the education and awareness you need to create lifestyle changes. That’s because, when you're motivated, you can have great results.

With so many great apps for your mind and body available, it was difficult paring them down. So, below is a list of just some of our favorite mind and body health apps.

Mind

  1. Simple Habit

People have known the advantages of meditation for a long time now. However, how often do people actually find time to do it? The Simple Habit app helps with this problem by offering "busy" people with an easy tool to fit meditation into their busy lives. Shark Tank featured this app, and it's also been recognized by Apple and Business Insider.

Using this app, you can meditate for five minutes each day, and it even tracks your progress over time. These are meditations you can download from monks and experts. You can even choose guided meditations that are based on certain goals of yours, like reducing anxiety or sleeping better.

  1. Insight Timer

Insight Timer is an app favored by a psychotherapist at Thyroid Refresh, Nadia Ahrens, L.I.C.S.W. It has over 6,000 hours of guided meditations on it. Select meditations that help you focus on things like mindfulness to sleep to body confidence, and this app will put your mind into a stronger state.

  1. Happify

Being happy is so important, and positive thinking is an essential part of your success in life and health. But, for a lot of individuals, happiness doesn't come easily or naturally. The Happify app is made to help with this common issue. It's loaded with activities and games designed by scientists, and it uses positive psychology - an evidence-based approach. The app first asks you some questions about yourself, and then offers you some easy little activities and games you can do to reduce stress and boost your mood.

  1. Lumosity

Your brain is a muscle. Game designers and scientists created the Lumosity app to help enhance your cognitive abilities. On Lumosity, you'll find hundreds of games created for improving:

  • Memory
  • Attention span
  • Planning
  • Problem-solving
  • Spatial orientation
  • So much more

There's a short interactive test you'll take to get started that gauges your mental fitness, then this app creates daily workouts and a list of games for you. It's a commonly used app with over 70 million users all over the globe.

  1. Headspace

When you're looking to get into a happier or calmer mindset, you'll want to try the Headspace app out. It's loaded with meditations that provide you with a mental push in a productive direction, and helps put you into a de-stressing mode. It makes it painless to take the time out or clear your mind for meditation. Since they're guided sessions, all you need to do is simply tune in. There's no work on your part.

  1. Peak

Like Lumosity, the PEAK app is a type of "brain training" app, but it does have other features unique to Lumosity. It's a highly rated training app for the brain on today's market, and is loaded with activities and games designed for improving your cognitive function. Ivy League university researchers and the app team work together to really make this app stand out from Lumosity. It provides you with a built-in virtual coach, making it highly interactive, and there are more intense, shorter workouts that streamline your progress, but save you time.

  1. Five Minute Journal

A vital step in your wellness journey is gratitude, since it helps you celebrate all the good in your life and put things into perspective. The Five Minute Journal app is a favorite tool by many, and is filled with short prompts you can answer in five minutes. It helps you focus on the good, and set intentions. Grab the app on apple or android.

  1. Focus Keeper

If you're searching for an app that helps you get things done and beat procrastination, Focus Keeper is the ideal app. It's based off of the Pomodoro technique, where you perform one task at a time, and break it down into 25 minute intervals with five minute breaks in between. It helps you become more productive. Grab the app on apple or Android.

  1. Endel

Endel is a unique type of relaxation app. Rather than playing pre-packaged sounds, it allows you to make and mix sound therapy of your own, depending on your goals. Whether you're looking to relax, focus or sleep, you can customize your own real-time experience.

  1. Eidetic

Eidetic is a type of app that utilizes spaced repetition that helps you remember anything. You can create your own flashcard types, or you can use the built-in flashcards. This app can help you memorize things like:

  • Math formula
  • Phone numbers
  • Vocabulary from your next class test
  • Facts

You add in the information, and the app will use a scientifically proven "spacing effect" to notify you when you should test yourself. By returning to information over a period of time, it's shown the brain can absorb and retain the information better in the long-term.

  1. The Tapping Solution

The Tapping Solution app uses the power of EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, to tap your way through your resistance blocks. There are tapping meditations that help you find balance, and release stress. The tapping meditations also help you release anxiety, which supports your immune system, have peace of mind, and feel more empowered to take the steps required for protecting yourself. It's also been a helpful app for weight loss and sleep for some people.

Body

  1. PEAR

PEAR is a fitness app that's ideal for individuals who either become bored with their routine they do all the time, or for those who don't know where to start. After downloading PEAR, you'll begin with a 14-day free trial, and after even if you decided you wanted the full version, it's still very affordable. In fact, a year of PEAR is less than a month at the gym. You get hands-free and eyes-free audio coaching on the app.

You can choose which workouts you wish to download, or select one of the app's curated packages. Featured on the app are routines that are adaptive to your fitness and performance levels, and video instructions for moves. The app even tracks the fat and calories you burn, so if you don't have a fitness tracker, you won't need one, and if you do have one, you can link it to this app.

  1. All Out Studio

With the All Out Studio app, you'll get the best on-demand workouts from:

  • Women's Health
  • Prevention
  • Other trusted titles

The app collects all these on-demand workouts in one simple-to-access place. You can select from expert-created workouts covering every experience level and discipline, including: 

  • Cardio
  • Strength training
  • Pilates
  1. MyFlo

Hormones have a huge effect on all components of health. The MyFlo app tracks your period, and lets you know exactly what you must do to become symptom-free. You can sync it with your cycle. During your cycle week, you have a shift in brain chemistry, and you feel, think, and operate differently.

This hormonal shift, when working properly, causes you to become naturally inclined to do specific things more easily during certain cycle phases. This app helps take the mystery and confusion out of having to navigate your 28-day cycle in each life area.

  1. My Fitness Pal

Many individuals use My Fitness Pal for weight loss, in order for them to limit their caloric intake. This app allows you to control your goals. You can:

  • Break down ingredients
  • Track calories
  • Log activities

It's a very popular app that allows you to graph the amount of weight you lose within a given time period.

  1. FitPlan

If you've always wanted to work out with a personal trainer, but couldn't afford the price, now with the FitPlan app, you can enjoy the experience of your own coach, but without having to pay the steep price tag. The FitPlan app provides step-by-step video training sessions that range from 20 minutes to 90 minutes, from athletes and professional trainers. You can choose from many different programs created by some top favorites like:

  • Ryan Lochte
  • A-Rod
  • Rob Gronkowski

Select your plan based on what your goals are, like by trainer or by weight loss, for example.

  1. SleepCycle

Sleep plays a critical role in well-being, and good health throughout your life. If you're not obtaining enough quality sleep each night, your body will have a difficult time:

  • Repairing heart and blood vessels
  • Healing
  • Maintaining your blood sugar levels
  • Balancing your hormones
  • Other issues

One of the best ways to obtain a great night's sleep is to know the reason behind you not getting the sleep in the first place.

The SleepCycle app tracks your sleep quality and your sleep heart rate. During the night, the app will monitor your patterns of sleep, and make note of any disruptions, such as talking in your sleep, or snoring. But, many users think its best feature is that it can wake you up during your lightest morning sleep phase, which makes you feel refreshed and ready to start your day right.

  1. WaterMinder

If you have a hard time drinking water during your day, you may want to give the WaterMinder app a try. It helps you keep track of how much water you're getting each day, based on your body weight. It will send you reminders to drink your water to stay hydrated.

  1. Fooducate

The Fooducate app makes it simple to eat a healthy and balanced diet. It's goal is teaching you about the different items you're buying at the grocery store. You can simply scan more than 250,000 barcodes to obtain a personalized nutrition grade, choose healthy options, and learn about the pros and cons of different products. It teaches you what food manufacturers are not always doing by analyzing:

  • Additives
  • GMOs
  • Food colorings
  • And more

You can connect with other app users and health professionals for support and advice.

  1. MINDBODY

MINDBODY is the leading tech platform of the industry, and puts wellness at your fingertips. The MINDBODY app doesn't make you commit to a membership, and offers a self-care pathway by providing services where and when you require them. Whether you're on the road, or near your home, the app can connect you to what you're searching for, whether it's acupuncture, Pilates class, or the perfect blowout.

  1. Down Dog

Love yoga, but don’t have the time to fit in a yoga class that often? With the Down Dog app, you get a near-like studio yoga experience right from the comfort of your home. It offers multiple customization features, including yoga type, intensity, music, and length of class. Plus, there’s more than 60,000 configurations, so you feel like you’re getting a new yoga session each time you practice.

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