Technology can be beneficial and an asset in your life. Oftentimes we hear about how technology causes problems in mental and physical health. People spend too much time on screens instead of being active. Teens and adults develop unhealthy concepts of themselves based on social media. There’s a lot wrong out there, but like most things in life, technology isn’t all bad and unhealthy. In this post we’ll share 5 health apps that can improve your wellbeing rather than cause detriment to it.
Insight Timer is a health app mainly for meditation. It offers guided meditations, which you can filter by time, focus/subject, and other categories. I haven’t used it in awhile, but it looks like they also have yoga and courses now. It is a free app, but has an option to pay for additional features such as courses the ability to download meditations and pause them. For me, free is fine. If I don’t have a lot of time for a meditation, I’d just pick a short one rather than a long one and pausing it. So if you’re into meditation or want to try it out, it’s a good app for all levels of meditators. Don’t know if meditators is a real term, but we’re going with it.
We use Jefit to log our workouts, as we’ve discussed in many other posts such as How to Start Working Out and Favorite Tips for Fun Workouts. Sometimes it is glitchy, but generally it’s a convenient way to keep track of rest times, exercises, weights, etc. If you can’t find an exercise in their list that you want to track, you’re able to add your own. You can even put in measurements and progress photos. Good all around app for working out. Again, like many apps, it is free, but you can pay for other features. We just use the free version. Seeing a trend here? Honestly we don’t use apps you have to buy.
If you don’t get migraines, you can skip this one. I’ve used Migraine Buddy pretty much since I started getting migraines. I use it to track duration, frequency, and symptoms. You can add notes and other information for each migraine you have. There are different posts and chat rooms on the app regarding various aspects of migraines. I haven’t really used those parts, but they’re an option. This app is free with a paid membership upgrade. Migraine Buddy used to be completely free, but since they added the paid option, some of the features you could use in logging migraines have been taken away unless you pay. To me it’s annoying because when I’m already paying a bunch in med bills for the migraines. I don’t want to have to pay for a way to log them…rant over. Anywho, it looks like it’s the best one out there for migraine tracking even though it’s not as good as it used to be.
I just talked about this one in Easy, Unforgettable Ways to Stay Hydrated, but it’s health related and fits well in here. Plant Nanny is an app to track and encourage your water intake. Whenever you drink water, you water your virtual plant. Seems kinda childish, but it’s cute and a more enjoyable way to log water intake than just writing it down in notes or something like that.
AllTrails is one of the newest health apps that I’ve downloaded out of the five. It’s kind of like Yelp for trails. You can find different trails through filtering by difficulty level, location, length, activity, etc. We primarily use it for hiking trails and dirt biking. People post review and share photos of the trails, so you can have some idea of what you’re getting into. Pretty user friendly and helps you explore new places.
Technology may be one of the sources of many people’s health problems, but if you’re smart about your health, you can use technology to your benefit. These 5 health apps have been useful tools for improving our health. In addition to these 5, for mental health, you can check out this website called PsyberGuide that I learned about from attending a mental health conference at the University of California, Irvine. It offers reviews of apps geared towards mental health.