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As 2016 begins, many of us are writing down our New Year's resolutions for the months ahead. Among the most popular goals are those related to health and wellness. Almost all of us could afford to sleep more, eat better, and exercise more diligently than we did in 2015!
Whether you're looking to wake up more refreshed or remember your pills and vitamins every day, these apps will help you become happier and healthier in the year to come.
1.) Sworkit - Workout Trainer
Hailed as the "personal trainer" of fitness applications, Sworkit is among the top-rated wellness apps worldwide. Simply tell the app how much time you have to work out and the program will do the rest for you, creating a fitness program that matches your personal schedule! Whether you have five minutes available or an hour, this application will create the right exercise plan for you. In addition to cardio and strength training, the app also integrates Pilates, stretching, and yoga into its routines.
If you're lacking motivation or struggling with a busy schedule, Sworkit can help you reach your goals. All of the equipment-free workouts can be performed at home or on-the-go. In addition to its "fitness trainer" functionality, users can choose to train certain areas of the body or can design workout plans of their own.
To make your New Year's resolutions a reality, try Sworkit.
2.) Insight Timer Meditation
Meditation is one of the easiest ways to improve your health. Just a few minutes of daily meditation can lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system, sharpen your focus, and improve your emotional well-being.
Many people avoid meditation because they're not sure how to do it and where to begin. The Insight Timer app is one of the best tools for demystifying the meditation process. Hundreds of guided meditations are available to help you get started. You can also practice meditating on your own by using the app's handy timer. Melodic Tibetan singing bells mark the beginning and end of each meditation session.
A map depicting worldwide users and dozens of active in-app communities make Insight Timer a great tool for making friends and discovering other like-minded individuals. The app also monitors your time spent meditating, motivating you to stick with the practice.
To boost your mental and physical health in 2016, download Insight Timer.
3.) Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal
Are you looking to lose weight during the new year? If so, MyFitnessPal's Calorie Counter app is the perfect tool for you! With over 5 million foods listed in the application's database, it's easier than ever to track your calories and monitor your nutritional intake. The app makes it easy to enter foods, save meals, and import your own frequently-used recipes.
The MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter can be used to monitor your physical activity as well. The app can be linked with other fitness devices and apps, including Fitbit, MapMyFitness and more, helping you to track the calories you've burned throughout the day. An easy-to-use barcode scanner and a practical macronutrients tracker make monitoring your health and weight simpler than ever before.
MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter has the stats to prove its effectiveness. Nearly 90% of regular users have lost weight in the past year! To make your weight loss dreams come true, use MyFitnessPal's Calorie Counter app.
4.) Medisafe Meds & Pill Reminder
Remembering the pills you need to take each day can be a challenge. Keeping track of your morning medication, evening pills, and mid-day vitamins can often lead to forgetfulness and missed doses.
Medisafe's Pill Reminder application is the perfect tool for keeping you on track regarding your pills and medications. Whether you take pills for blood pressure or cancer, Medisafe will help you monitor your health and stay on top of your pills through hourly, daily, or weekly reminders. The app can also help you track a family member's pill intake and can even be used to track weight and blood pressure. The app will also notify you when a prescription needs refilling.
If you struggle to keep track of your vitamins or pills, Medisafe Meds & Pill Reminder will make your life easier in 2016 and beyond.
5.) Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Do you always wake up feeling exhausted? If so, Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock might be for you. This "smart clock" tracks your sleep patterns and rouses you from slumber during your lightest sleep phase. The app has helped millions of people worldwide wake up feeling better each morning.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the app is the statistics and graphs it generates. By analyzing these graphics you can better determine which behaviors lead to higher-quality sleep. Though the app offers a number of unique alarm melodies, you can also choose to use your own music as your morning alarm.
Though Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock isn't free, it's a bargain at just $0.99. The value of a good night's sleep is truly immeasurable.
Sticking to your New Year's resolutions might not be easy, but these apps can certainly help. All of the aforementioned applications are available for both Apple and Android devices. Sworkit, Insight Timer, MyFitnessPal, and Medisafe are all available free of charge.
Guarantee that your goals for 2016 become a reality. Download these practical health apps today!
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