5th January 2018Category: Working Carers
Yes the fireworks have put on their big show, and the Christmas decorations will need to be put away. We are just a few days into the New Year and we all know January is the month that people seek a healthier lifestyle (well at least try for the next 30 days). With changes to technology the way we can keep track of our transitions is evolving. This week we are looking at 10 apps that can help you achieve your New Year resolutions.
A friend to many and a window of truth to others, this app opens your eyes to what you eat and how you exercise. It helps you record the food you eat (the app has a database of over 5 million foods or you can scan a barcode) and can also show you a breakdown of what is in the food so you know the hidden sugars in that slice of bread! You can enter what your ideal weight is and it calculates how many calories a day that is. You can also input your exercise or integrate with fitness trackers. The app is simple to use and can also be accessed by their website.
2. Fitbit Coach
I think most people have heard of Fitbit, but did you know there is a personal trainer app available as well. The best thing is, you don’t need the Fitbit tech, just a smart phone. It provides you with access to a customised program for you (for a reasonable cost), workout videos, audio coaching plus radio stations. It’s specific workouts are just for you and your weight loss needs (including if you only have a couple of minutes to spare each day).
If you have big goals and are looking to achieve greatness, this could be the app for you. The app has SMART goal-setting templates to make sure you get to the finish line. It breaks down your big goal into small chunks and provides ways to record your progress. It also has a visualisations option and syncs with your calendar too.
4. Healthy Recipes & Calculator by SparkPeople
Do you want to cook more delicious and healthy meals? This recipe database app has over 500,000 to chose from You can search based on what you fancy or based on specific needs, for example if you have allergies.
5. Water Drink Reminder
If you want this year to be healthier, then an easy way is to drink more water. Our bodies need it to survive but the majority of people don’t drink enough, so why not remind yourself? This app is great as a prompt and it calculates how much you should be drinking based on your weight too.
Are you a sucker for a Friday night glass of wine? Love a pint on Saturday in the pub? But are you aware of how much alcohol you really consume? If you want to cut down on the tipple then track it and be amazed.
If your aim is to read more books this year then Audible might be a great way to achieve your goal. This app allows you to listen to your books (in double quick time if you fancy it) so you can consume your favourite novel on your commute, or whilst washing your dishes. There is a huge selection to pick from and with a free trial you can see if it works for you.
This app will give you a push in the right direction. Set your goal and it will track, prompt and high five you too! If you struggle there is guidance available and if you need personal one on one support you can also hire a coach through the app.
9. Gratitude Journal 365
Trying to be more positive in 2018? Well journaling might be for you. This app guides you with what to write to slowly become more grateful in the future. Once you learn this new habit, you will see things from a slightly different and more positive perspective.
Seeking a calmer state or just making time for your well-being? Then the headspace app could work. It guides you through basic meditations and you learn new techniques as you progress. The first 10 days is a free introduction and each meditation lasts around 10 minutes.