The latest health and fitness apps
Whether you’re into running every day or just partaking in some light yoga at weekends, there’s an abundance of apps available for your smartphone that can help you keep track of all of the exercise you do.
Getting into a routine with yoga and meditation can do wonders for both your physical and mental health.
Check out some of the apps listed below to help you relax whenever you need it and wherever you may be.
With Pocket Yoga, you can keep up with your yoga practice at any pace in the comfort of your own home. All you need to do is roll out your mat, place your device in front of it, and Pocket Yoga will guide you through the entire session.
You can choose between 27 different sessions of varying duration and difficulty. The pose dictionary contains detailed explanations of the correct postures, alignment and benefits, making it highly versatile and effective.
Qinetic is an interactive video platform where you can take part in classes on yoga, strength training, dance fitness, nutrition and much more.
Qinetic works with the Apple Watch and Healthkit to monitor your activity while participating in workout videos. Simply start a session whilst wearing your Apple Watch to monitor your active heart rate and calorie burn in real time. When you're done with the workout, the app records a summation of your activity and tracks it with a custom Hustle Score. You can see your activity over time and even compete with other active Qinetic users on the leaderboard.
Download Qinetic from the App Store.
Headspace is a simple way to reframe your stress. Take a few minutes out of your day to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that help to bring calm, wellness and balance to your life. Its expertly designed meditations on sleep are guaranteed to help you to create the ideal conditions for a good night’s rest.
Learn to get more out of your day through mindfulness and be less distracted and reactive. The Basics course is completely free and will teach you the fundamental techniques of meditation and mindfulness. If you find it helpful, you can take out a subscription and gain access to the full Headspace Library.
Train your mind with guided meditations on everything from managing stress and anxiety, to waking up refreshed and raring to go!
This year you can take back control of your sleep with Relax Melodies. Keep an eye on your sleeping pattern and enjoy a full, refreshing sleep every night of the year, leading to a more productive and enjoyable life.
You can choose from a variety of sounds and melodies that you like, combining them to create your very own sleep mix. Then all you need to do is simply lay back, listen and enjoy falling asleep. It’s that simple and it really does work.
The app also uses Sleep Moves, a unique mix of guided exercises done with a pillow to bring you into blissful sleep every night. These sleep-inducing programmes have been approved by health and sleep professionals, including neuropsychologists and physiotherapists.