Since the dawn of the 21st century, phone development has sky-rocketed. Once just a device for verbal communication and texting, the mobile phone has become an essential tool for creativity, productivity and health & fitness monitoring. With thousands of apps flooding into the Apple store everyday, navigating through them can sometimes prove a little disorienting. While Apple have their own way of separating the mediocre from the créme de la créme, they can only do so much.
To give your thumbs a rest from a potentially exhausting and endless amount of scrolling, we've separated the gold from the stones to stop you from wasting your time. Whether you're hoping to keep your fitness in check this year or keep your mind at ease in your walk toward the goals you've set for yourself, here are our top picks of the best performing apps to help you have a fun and successful year:
Running is one of the most simple (not to mention cheapest) ways to stay healthy and keep fit. However, it is ever so easy to slide backwards once you improve if you don't monitor your progress. Keep yourself moving onwards and upwards by downloading the Strava app which uses GPS to accurately chart daily exercise. Have any hint of a competitive streak? Self-development, in any respect, can be made much easier if you know you're not striving towards it alone. With leaderboards, weekly-time based goals and heart rate analysis where you can see the progress of others, as well as your own, a lonely sport is transformed into a community of athletes - witnessing eachothers accomplishments. The app also allows you to share your progress to social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Apple.
A sister-app to Instagram, Boomerang is most definitely on of the best developed video-looping apps. Stitching together a series of photos to create a 1-second clip - the tool creates a fun and playful feel, for your own entertainment, or to amuse your friends & family.
According to Psychology Today, stress is one of the biggest and yet most overlooked causes of early death. Extremely important then, and something you should incorporate into your daily routine, is keeping your mental health in check. Delivering 3-minute soothing mantra's and daily uplifting push notifications, the Headspace app provides an easy and efficient tool to ease your mind: whether that's before the day begins, before you go to sleep, or generally throughout the day.
No matter how many squats or push-ups you do, you aren't going to see big improvements in your health if your diet is working against you. Fooducate takes the effort out of nutrition. Aimed at reducing the amount of unhealthy food in your diet, it scans products' nutrition labels to spot additives, like trans fats and high fructose corn syrup, that cause major detriment to your health. It's also "feel-good". Not only will it instruct you on what foods to stay clear of, but, from tracking your food consumption, exercise, mood and sleeping patterns, it will show you exactly how it's creating a better you.