There are so many phone apps which require energy and input from us. Social media platforms being a BIG one. Today, I’m celebrating the apps that are designed to give a little back. The health apps.
Described as meditation made simple, the purpose of Headspace is to bring some downtime back into our hectic lives.
Most of us have probably come across the benefits of meditation, from increased attention span to stress reduction, even if we don’t practice on a regular basis. Switching off the constant sources of distraction and noise can’t be a bad thing, can it?
Arguably, the most difficult part of meditation is not just setting aside time, but knowing how to meditate effectively once you’ve found the time. The great thing about Headspace is that it runs you through ten, ten minute sessions resulting in an effortless meditation experience.
Download the Headspace app here.
I’m sure we are all too familiar with the horror associated with the morning alarm. In a split second we go from dreamland to BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP land. It’s a crazy time.
The Sleep Cycle alarm clock is here to bring an end to that. Rather than waking you up a set time, like a normal alarm clock, Sleep Cycle wakes you up at a moment when you are sleeping lightest by tracking your sleep patterns.
To ensure you don’t wake up too late, you can set the latest time the alarm should go off, no matter what stage of sleep you are in.
I’ve been using Sleep Cycle for the past week and If I’m honest, I’m not one hundred percent convinced by the accuracy. Nonetheless, the app produces some interesting sleep graphs and I think we can agree, anything that claims to make waking up easier is worth a go.
Download the Sleep Cycle alarm clock app here.
Strava lets you track your cycling and running activities with GPS, join challenges, share photos and follow friends. And I bloody love it. I’ve used various running apps, I even have a Garmin GPS running watch, yet Strava is still my favourite activity tracker.
The main drawback is having to carry your phone (or synchronise data to Strava from another device). But I recently bought a running arm band to hold my phone and it has been a game changer.
The audio announcements are my favourite feature, which are most effective if you are wearing earphones. It allows you to set how often you want split time / total time read out, which I much prefer over looking down at a running watch.
Download the Strava app here.