Are you running the same route, eating the same grilled chicken and veggies for dinner, or listening to the same playlists over and over? Anyone can fall into a rut, but it’s time to push past the monotony and re-energize your habits. Choose among these apps to find inspiration and ideas to eat, exercise and, yes, sleep better every day.
Whether you’re already an outdoor adventurer or someone who wants to travel more, Yonder helps you find and share outdoor excursions based on where you are and what interests you most. By tapping on categories ranging from backpacking and biking to skiing and swimming, you can check out local options and read up on what fellow “Yonderers” loved most about each experience. Yonder wants to keep you inspired to engage with nature, so it acts like a social platform, encouraging you to read what others have to say and share your own experiences and photos.
If you’ve made a commitment to find and stick to a fitness plan, terrific. But sometimes you can feel lost as to what to actually do once you get to the gym or head outside. While there are countless workout video apps and web sites, Aaptiv sets itself apart by offering on-demand audio fitness training through your smartphone, letting you take personal coaching on the go with you from a trail run to an at-home yoga session. Each trainer motivates you to get up and get going, while perfectly matched music keeps you energized and sees you through.
Price: $9.99/month or $75/year (Download)
While allowing yourself the time and focus to clear your mind can feel like a luxury that we can’t afford, it is crucial to maintaining balance. But if you have trouble blocking out the noise and finding some peace, Headspace can be your guide. (Wall Street execs, Olympic athletes and moguls from Richard Branson to Gwyneth Paltrow are among the app’s more than 10 million users worldwide.) Start off with the free Take10 program, which introduces you to the practice of meditation for 10 minutes a day in 10 days, while a subscription unlocks access to a deeper range of mindfulness exercises from just a couple minutes to one hour. Tailor it to focus on what matters to you most, then follow the straightforward guidance on breathing and visualization to reap the benefits every day.
Price: Free (Download)
Once you’re eating more organic foods and reading more nutrition labels, that’s great – but what happens when you start asking questions about what’s in your everyday products like shampoo or shaving cream? Who do you ask? Enter Healthy Living, a comprehensive, ratings-based app that explains exactly what ingredients are in more than 120,000 food and personal care products. You can search for a product by name, scan a barcode or scroll through the app’s own recommendations on what to buy.
The road to reaching a weight loss goal can feel like a one-way street, so it’s important to find ways to keep yourself motivated and supported along the way. DietBet combines the traditional camaraderie of a group setting with the not-so standard and downright exciting incentive of winning money. With the app, choose a group to join, whether with celebrities, fitness coaches or friends, then bet on yourself to lose weight and the game begins.Track your progress with photos and “referee” reviews, and if you’ve hit your goal by the end of the game, you split a pot with the others in the group who also made their goal weight.
Price: Free (Download)