In a perfect world, we’d all emerge from our winter hibernation ready for a true spring cleaning of the mind, body and spirit. We’d be ready to eat healthy, commit to a fitness routine and be our overall best selves.
The problem? Well, as the weather gets friendlier, so do we. Our schedules fill up with social outings and our chances of swapping out the gym in favor of happy hour get more and more likely. Luckily, our collective tech obsession has its definite pros; namely, in this case, that we are walking around at all times with a plethora of health-conscious apps at our disposal. This means your only roadblock is sorting through the menagerie to find the best of the best, but lucky again for you, we’ve got you covered on that front. The apps below are our must-haves for a proper GLR-style spring cleanse. Get to steppin’.
Leaving on a jet plane? Don’t sweat it. Founded by a pair of fitness class enthusiasts who also happened to be racking up those frequent flyers, JetSweat aims to make boutique exercise classes from a variety of host cities available anytime, anywhere. Whether you’ve been coveting another city’s classes from afar, are on vacation and don’t want to miss your favorite workout or simply can’t make it to class on time, this app empowers you to create your ideal fitness routine on-the-go. Which of the boutique brand heavy hitters should you expect to see? Here’s a sampling: New York’s Sky Ting Yoga, Modelfit, and Bari; San Francisco’s popular The Pad; Arizona and Wisconsin favorite Kamps Fitness; and China’s Space Cycle.
Subscription: Free download and 7-day trial. Monthly subscription available for $10.00/per. https://www.jetsweatapp.com.
This one will be a favorite for all of you planners. There isn’t much related to your health that LifeSum can’t track on it’s handy and cheerful interface. You can easily chart your meals, water intake, exercise, daily steps, body measurements and much more. LifeSum also offers a variety of diet plans, with a quick test that assesses your preferences, cravings and habits to determine which option is best for you. Even better, you have access to extensive nutritional information about your food (we see you grinning, macro counters), healthy recipes, and a friendly community of fellow wellness junkies. Get Life(sum) on track this spring.
Subscription: Free account with limited access. 3 month ($7.33/per), 6 month ($5.83/per) and 12 month ($3.75/per) plans available. https://lifesum.com.
Don’t let any preconceived notions about meditating scare you away from this gem. Calm not only offers a host of both guided and non-guided meditations narrated by their resident guru, Tamara Levitt, but also boasts a variety of sleep stories (because adults need bedtime stories, too). This is a one-size-fits-all zen den, with sessions ranging between three and 30 minutes and covering a variety of common stressors and relaxation techniques. There’s even a basic “Breathe” feature that utilizes an expanding and deflating bubble to visually guide the user into deep breathing. Whether you’re looking to sleep better, quell anxiety or just feel more clear-minded and focused, this app is a perfect addition for anyone looking to increase overall wellness.
Don’t take our word for it though. With over 50 million downloads and over 700,000 5-star reviews, it is #1 app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. It was also the Apple BEST OF 2018 award winner, Apple’s App of the Year 2017, Google Play Editor’s Choice 2018, and named by the Center for Humane Technology as “the world’s happiest app”.
Subscription: Limited content is available with no charge. The full collection is available through monthly ($12.99), yearly ($4.99) and lifetime ($299.99) subscriptions. https://www.calm.com