October 20, 2013

Three New Apps You Need in Your Life

Most of us would be lost without our precious smart phone, which has become the ultimate gadget. Much more than a 'phone', our tech sidekicks let us play music, Facebook, Google, Instagram and FaceTime. Oh and take lots of obligatory selfies and snapshots of our food. All this technology also means it's easier than ever to get access to health and wellness information. I've recently downloaded three apps that I love, helping me to keep my fitness and wellbeing goals in check. Read on to find out which apps I am loving right now.

1. Headspace App

Mediation is an amazing technique to relax the body, reliving tension in your muscles and quieting stressful and negative thoughts. The relaxation technique can be difficult to master, particularly when your mind is racing and you can't fathom grabbing five minutes to yourself. Headspace is an app that teaches you to meditate in a 'no pressure' fashion, letting you familiarize yourself with meditation over 30 days, building your skills over time.

Each day you log in, you will practice meditating for ten minutes, which you can do anywhere and at any time. When you wake up, before you go to sleep or during your lunch break, set aside ten minutes for this app. I have really noticed the benefits of meditation in reducing tension in my body and being more in-tuned with my physical health. Get some headspace!

2. The Lorna Jane App

If you haven't already downloaded this cute pink app, do it right now! The Lorna Jane app is a way to log your walks, runs or cycles by tracking your movement. Taking your phone with you on your journey, you simply log into the app and start your activity. When you finish, Lorna Jane herself will give you a quick congratulations and you can see how far you travelled. Over time, you can reflect on the log you have built and be impressed with your efforts.

3. Pocket Yoga

Yoga is a fantastic way to tone and strengthen your body while connecting to your breath. Practicing yoga also greatly increases flexibility and helps to stretch out your muscles, particularly relieving when the body is sore or tense. Finding time to fit yoga into your schedule can be tricky with many opting for calorie-burning workouts instead. Yet the benefits of yoga are undeniable and I have noticed a big shift in my muscle tone since I've started.

Pocket Yoga is an app that instructs you on yoga routines ranging from beginning to advanced over 30 to 60 minutes. You simply select your preferences and soundtrack (ocean, desert, mountain) and the app will guide you through a routine. Set yourself an attainable goal of trying this once a week and I guarantee you will look forward to your pocket yoga time.

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