What's "App"ening y'all!
I recently got back in touch with an old friend who hosted a private vitality workshop in his beautiful home in San Francisco a few summers ago. It was wonderful to hear from him and the underlying theme for both of us was "busy-ness." It was clear that we both have been super busy! And the more I think about it, we all are just that, BUSY!
Here are 5 Apps that I use (in my busy life) to help me along the way to a healthy, happy, good life:
1. My Fitness Pal (free)
We all want the same things, basically it's to be healthy and happy. One of my favorite easy-to-use apps to track my fitness goals is My Fitness Pal. Best part, it's free! Just plug in your numbers and away you go. Get focused and organized around your fitness!
I've found this app most helpful with:
Staying conscious of what you eat.
Stay on course and focused on your fitness goals
Tracking what foods you eat and how much you consume
Tracks approximation of calories you burned based the type of exercise/activity you performed
Being social, you can add friend and share you progress and motivate each other.
2. Sleep Cycle (paid)
One of the most important aspects of vitality (zest for life) that life force energy that's inside of all of us is SLEEP! Sleep Cycle is an app that tracks the quality of your sleep and helps you achieve better rest and deeper sleep. I've used this and it works wonders!
In a recent study from *Harvard Women's Health Watch, it’s important to get ample sleep and rest:
Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who'd slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.
3. Mindfulness - Everyday Guided Meditations (free) - App Store/Google Play
It's nice to know that no matter what is going on in your day, you can put your headphones on and do some self-care right on the spot with easy to follow guided meditations. We know that it's easy to get frustrated, annoyed, have anxiety or simply just need some cool down time when we've been running around all day. Take some time after you've pulled into your parking spot when arriving home and calm your mind. This app will help you relax breathe and get your zen back.
4. WinStreak (free)
It's always helpful to stay positive, no matter what's going on in life. When you focus on gratitude, positivity and the good things you raise your vibration and energy levels. I know that's easier said than done, so it's nice to have reinforcements. This app helps you to celebrate your everyday wins, what went well in your day and how to stay conscious about the good things that happened. Big or small. Believe me, this is can be a crucial part of your day. Just celebrating the fact that you went for a walk or ate your veggies that day helps attune your mind to self-love and positive energy. Cultivating this can be the difference between having a bad day and having a miraculous one.
5. Elevate (free)
When I workout and someone asks me what I'm training for, my answer is always this, "life!" I want to be fit, healthy and strong for the ride of life. And the same goes for our brain. We can always afford to learn and improve on our skills. This brain training program is designed to help improve things like comprehension, concise writing skills, math skills, focus drills and many more. I'm new to the app and already find it a better use of that "idle time" than playing a game or reading email.
Give these apps a try and let me know if you find value in them as well! Would love to hear which ones you find useful or you may even have suggestions. Tell me on my Facebook page!