Frustrated Businesswoman on TelephoneAt some point in our daily routine we always find the time to check-in on our various social networks, emails, texts and instant messaging. The intrinsic fear of missing out reigns supreme across most of Gen-Y, as we spend more than two-thirds of our day accessing information through mobile devices.

The internet and social media have given us some amazing tools to connect, and bring about change. We now have appliances to do our chores, more leisure time than ever before as well as the technology to do almost anything we want at the push of a button; all through our mobile devices.

However, at the same time our 24/7 connection to the digital world often disconnects us from the real world around us. Research shows that living in the 21st century is reportedly twice as stressful as living in the 1960s, yet now more than ever we are inundated with options that give us ways out and help us to combat fitness or wellbeing issues as a nation that is ‘always on’.

Whilst it is encouraged for us to switch off and disconnect from the rest of the world, could it be that staying switched on and connected to wellbeing and exercise apps actually help us move towards a more positive and healthy life?

The Motivator: Couch to 5K

For the true beginners out there, who find the prospect of exercise terrifying, Couch to 5K promises to get you running 5km with ease in nine weeks. Starting with walking and light jogging, it’s step-by-step programme aims to gradually increase your fitness as you go from a beginner to a confident runner in only three training sessions a week. Taking the expensive of a personal consultant, right into the palm of your own hand.

screen568x568The Therapist: GPS for the Soul

GPS for the Soul aims to help you reconnect with your creativity, your intuition, and of course, your own personal ‘calm’. Created with HeartMath, bLife and Huffpost is uses your iPhone’s camera lens to measure your stress level and then invites you to launch a guide. The apps activity feed lets you see how your friends are feeling and what guides resonate with them – just incase you can’t help yourself.

The Yoga Teacher: Yogify

Whilst mobiles are usually banned from anything associated with Yoga, there are a new breed of apps, helping us improve our studio practice, and bring out our inner zen. Yogify has been designed to push your mind and body to new limits, wherever you are. Whether you’re using it on-the-go or at home the app has some enviable features including 30 hours of yoga across 50 classes for all levels as well as allowing you full control over your music and the option to connect with a community of yogis via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Dietician: MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a great all round app that helps you count calories and record a food diary to keep track on everything you’re eating. Yes, everything. Their ethos stems from medical studies that prove the best way to lose weight and keep it off is to simply track what you’re eating.

The app is a free, comprehensive nutrition and fitness system that makes it easy for you to achieve your fitness goals and live healthier. It includes a meal database of over 3 million foods, and incredibly simple food and exercise trackers. You can also connect with your friends and become part of their active, global community of more than 50 million people, each on their own journey to health.

It’s a great motivator and sense checker, the only way of tricking it, is really by tricking youself.

slide_263432_1760717_freeThe Sleep Coach:Sleep Cycle

It may seem a bit extreme to suggest that you sleep with your phone on under your pillow, however Sleep Cycle recommends you do just that. The app helps you understand why some does you wake up feeling completely wrecked, whilst on other days you feel inexplicably well rested.  It works by using the accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movement and determine what sleep phase you’re in, consequently activating a 30 minutes alarm window that ends at your set time and wakes you up in your lightest sleep phase.

Maciek Drejak the brainchild of Sleep Cycle said: “This isn’t really something new. These so called bio-alarm clocks have been around for years and work very well, but they usually come with a hefty $200 price tag. I realised that the iPhone has all the components needed, and decided to make an alarm clock that works exactly the same, but sell it for a dollar or two instead.”

In short, the more you sleep and the less you move, the higher Sleep Quality.

So with a plethora of ‘positive’ apps that keeps even the most switched-on person connected to a healthier and stress-free world, they must be worth a try…especially as most of them come at little or no cost at all to your pocket, but with a much higher value to your every day quality of life.