We’re constantly on the lookout for the latest health and wellness apps because we have our smart phones with us all the time. (Seriously, how did we survive without them?)
We collected our favorite newbies introduced so far this year that will help you get healthy, stay fit and center your mind. These four are perfect for a variety of budgets, whether you need day and night encouragement or are looking to fit in a quick yoga session.
Full-Time Health and Wellness Coaching: Vida
For $12 per week, the Vida app is a personal coach in your pocket that is available 24/7 to customize a health program through texts, phone and video. This is most ideal for those who wish to prevent or manage chronic disorders such as obesity and diabetes. You log onto to Vida and pick a real-life coach that is hand-picked for you based on your needs.
If you are looking for personal feedback for all of your health and wellness choices, from food to workout efficiency, this is an especially good choice. Also great if you have chronic health issues that could use some extra attention.
For Indoor Cycling Fanatics: CycleCast
Can’t get into that popular Spin class and need to work out on your own? CycleCast offers a series of workouts from different instructors and loads of really good music to get you going. (They actually pay to get rights to decent music here!) You have a choice between three master instructors and indoor rides that are 20, 45 and 60 minutes in length.
The cost is $9.99 per month and includes full Apple Health integration so you can sync and track workouts, calories and heart rate data.
Get Your Om on: Meditation Studio by Gaiam
We’ve all been told at some point in our lives that meditation is the cure for whatever ails our unquiet minds. However, some of us have a bear of time getting focused (raising my hand here). Gaiam has been a leader with workout DVDs and gear for many years and it has access to the top experts in their respective fields, so it makes sense that its first meditation app has more than 160 meditations for just $2.99.
The tagline for the Meditation Studio app is Untangle the Mind and as a lifelong insomniac I was very impressed with the quality of the of the “Sleep” collection of meditations. Experts used for all collections include Rodney Yee, Dr. Elisha Goldstein and Susan Piver. There is also a free podcast available called “Untangle,” which highlights the science behind meditation.
Free Yoga App: Simple Yoga Free
So when it comes to price, how does FREE grab you? Daily Workout Apps just created a totally free yoga app that comes with three different yoga workouts (20, 40 and 60 minutes). They give clear instructions and will help you get an excellent practice whenever you need to fit in a yoga session.
The app features Level 1 and Level 2 routines along with custom options, but be warned: The background ocean sounds sometimes make it difficult to hear the instructions while you go through each pose. (You can turn this feature off in the settings tab though, as well as set up future workouts into your calendar.)
What are your favorite health and wellness apps? How often do you use them? —Margo