Free Mobile Apps For a Healthier You

With over 12,000 Jamaicans dying as a result of Non - Communicable Diseases (NCDs) yearly, many people have started to take their health more seriously, taking into account their diet and exercise levels. Without a doubt, a difficult process to begin and stick to, many have turned to modern technology to track their progress and keep them dedicated. Whilst some of these resources might cost a pretty penny, there are numerous free apps for download to your mobile phones that can help you on this journey. Here are a few:

NIKE Training Club

Available for both Android and IOS users, Nike Training Club provides free workout schedules for people of all fitness levels - from those just getting started to persons who already exercise and are looking to maintain this lifestyle. NIKE Training Club is a practical tool for a number of reasons including the fact that workouts can be done anywhere and you can choose whether or not you want to train with equipment. NIKE Training Club provides over 100 workouts created by Master Trainers from around the world. To make the workout plan even more interesting, you can sync the NIKE Training Club App with the NIKE Running Club App to integrate some running/walking into your routine. .

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

We all know that maintaining prime physical health requires much more than just daily exercise. To get the best out of our bodies, we must put the best in. My FitnessPal Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker helps you do just that. Whether your goal is to lose, gain or maintain your current weight, My FitnessPal is a quick and easy way to track everything that you eat, linking it with your exercise to ensure you achieve your goals. This easy to use app allows you to enter all your meals including snacks and water consumption, track your calorie count to ensure that you do not exceed your expected count for the day and that your diet remains balanced. You are also able to join a community of people who share similar goals as you and share your journey.

Sleep Better - Sleep Cycle Tracker & Alarm Clock By Runtastic

Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can lead to a higher risk of chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Due to busy schedules, many persons often cut down on the amount of sleep they get to ensure that the growing list of daily tasks are done. Many view sleep as a luxury, not as a necessity and think that the benefits of limiting the hours they spend asleep outweigh the costs. This is a dangerous way to live. The Sleep Better sleep cycle alarm clock app lets you track your sleep, monitor your dreams and improve your bedtime habits. You can also learn how your daytime activities such as caffeine intake and alcohol consumption can affect your efficiency.

Smiling Mind

Just as we eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, we need to also pay attention to our mental well - being, especially persons who are undergoing stressful situations or work in high stress environments. Meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind, something that has been proven to help release anxiety and ease depression. Smiling Mind is a straightforward teacher that helps you learn the basics of breathing and visualisation associated with secular meditation. Smiling Mind is developed and supported by a vast team of regarded psychologists.

There are hundreds of other free resources online to help you on your journey to optimal health. While this list is in no way exhaustive, these are highly reviewed mobile apps to help you through the process.

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