Free apps that might actually help your health

Did you know that there are many free apps out there that can help you lead a more active and less physically stressful lifestyle? Ironically they do involve phones but, used wisely, it could be to the good of your health for a change. If you spend hours on the phone every day you might as well develop some healthy habits while you’re there or perhaps stop the bad habits from developing in the first place.

All these apps are available for both iPhones and Android phones and would be suitable for older children and adults alike. They are all pretty basic as they are free but they will give you a taster of whether you are likely to use the app in the long run and if so, you can always buy a more advanced version. Maybe don’t download them all at once though ; )

-Posture Reminder-

Text Neck Indicator Lite

The app works by detecting when your phone starts to tilt too far forward which is often an indication that your head has started to tilt downwards in the classic “text neck” position which puts undue pressure on the cervical spine and supporting muscles. The free version is pretty basic but the reminders to straighten up are a good starting point to gain posture awareness.

Watch Your Neck

Same idea as the above but for iPhones.

-Screen Break Reminder-

Stand up – The Work Break Reminder

You really want to take breaks from the iPhone screen but keep forgetting to do just that. Not anymore! This app allows you to choose how often you want to be reminded by a sound notification. I use it to remind me to stand up, stretch, move around, change position or look out of the window for an eye break. At the end of the day, you get to see a visual display of how well you’ve stuck to your breaks so it’s more motivating. Simple but effective.

20- Stand up every 20 minutes

Same idea as above but for androids.

-Activity Tracker-

The Moves app automatically records any walking, cycling, and running you do. You can view the distance, duration and steps (and calories for iPhones only) for each activity. The app is always on, so there’s no need to start and stop it but on the downside nightly charging is recommended. The visual display is quite detailed showing where, when and how much you moved which can be very motivating for children and adults alike. Available for both iPhones and androids.

-Mindfulness app-

My personal favourite, this app provides simple, guided or non-guided mindfulness meditations that can help with stress reduction and gaining clarity. It’s visually stunning and very easy to use.

Calm app for androids

Calm app for iPhones

©Annette Cashell 2019