Want to find out about how to stay healthy through the use of apps? In this article, our youth bloggers recommend apps for your physical and mental health, from mediation to workouts!
Tolu on Healthy Minds
Staying healthy is important, especially during the pandemic. An easy way to do this is through the use of apps; in this blog post I will be recommending the best apps for your physical, mental and emotional health.
1)Headspace. Headspace is an award-winning app that uses guided meditations to better your health in whichever way you need it (for example help with being able to get a good night’s sleep). Headspace was described by one user as being “perfect for anyone really”. The app also includes ‘Move Mode’ workouts and ‘Mindful Cardio’ to aid your physical health. As well as all of this, the app enables you to buddy up and add your friends to meditate along with you!
2) Daylio. Journal Daylio is a journal app that allows you to express your thoughts and feelings privately (using a paid pin lock feature). In addition, the app also has a mood diary feature that you can use to track your mood on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. One user described the app as a “must have” due to its simplicity and customisation, while another called it the “best”, as it helped them to change their lifestyle.
3) MeeToo. MeeToo is a mental health app that allows you to talk about difficult things safely and anonymously. To ensure user safety, the app has every post and reply checked by moderators to keep you safe. Secondly, the app has an age banding feature that means you chat with other people of the same age which makes talking to others easier. A MeeToo user described the app as having “a community of kind and understanding people” that are supporting you through your difficult times.
Tolu, 15, Leicestershire
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Emilia keeping us fit
Nowadays, whilst we are constantly on our phone and with health knowledge always growing, why not create apps to keep us fit and healthy that are just a tap away? Better still, iPhones even have a built-in health app to track exercise and monitor some aspects of the body. For me personally, the only app I have pertaining to health is Apple’s health app and this is the only one I can personally approve of from experience. It automatically records mileage, steps and elevation when you exercise, as well as your mobility, including speed and step length. It also enables you to input data on anything from heart fitness to menstruation. Specifically to female health it tracks length and regularity of periods and predicts future cycles. Connected to the clock app, it includes sleep tracking. Not only does it collect and interpret data, but you can find information about the data and bodily health. Informative videos and blogs can be found on the app including mindfulness and how exercise improves health. The app also references other apps to help with sleeping, periods, mindfulness, workouts and so much more. Without truly having experience with any other apps, I cannot blindly recommend any others, however, I would advise against any apps such as calorie counters especially if you are using it as a teenager. This consciously makes you aware of what you are eating and may change your views on your body and what you are eating. This is unhealthy as a teenager as you’re growing and need to love your body and depriving it of the amount of food it needs can be devastating. Reach out to people if you are struggling with how you feel in your body. Secondly, health isn’t just the body but the mind. Find apps that can help with mindfulness and meditation to enable you peace and tranquillity and to recharge mentally.
Emilia, 15, Leicester
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This blog has been edited by Alice