Many fitness bloggers just promote the typical counters for calories and steps. But there’s a variety of apps out there to help you with your mental health, too, and promote a gradual transition into a fit life – just in time to for your New Year’s resolution.
Therapy is ridiculously expensive — at $200 a session, you get to vent your problems to a professional that you only see, at best, once a week. Talkspace’s plans are incredibly affordable, and the people are there for you multiple times a day.
7 Cups promises the same things that Talkspace does, but this time at no cost. You’re connected to a community who cares and can help you through whatever it is you’re struggling through.
Are you too exhausted by the end of the day to go to that overpriced yoga class? Sworkit gives you all sorts of exercises, from stretching to their own “rump roaster,” and videos to help you make the right positions. It even gives you rewards that you can later spend on their library of bonuses.
The frustrating thing about losing weight is that so much goes into it — not just “eating less.” Argus is there for you to track what exactly it is you’re eating, how many steps you make, and how much sleep you’re getting.
5. Sleep Cycle
This app has been around less than I have, and understands sleep better than I do. It can track exactly how much rest you’re getting, the quality of it, and what factors (such as drinking coffee) affect your sleep quality. Combined with gentler alarms, I sleep much better now.
6. PTSD Coach
This app is certified by the U.S. Department of Veteran affairs. Included inside are tools you need to help for screening and treatment, along with information and links for more help.
Whoever said running made you feel better couldn’t have been more wrong. You feel sweaty, gross, and worn out — but giving to others doesn’t make you feel that way. Feel a bit better during your morning jog with this app.
Recovery Record helps with identifying your mood when you eat and gives you coping skills. Even better is that it shows up on your phone as “RR” — so no one knows what it is.
You know what else is expensive? A personal trainer. A gym membership. A lot of things about getting fit, actually — so why not download a free app that gives you all those exercises for you, in the comfort in your own home?
10. Zombies, Run!
Now you can turn your workout routine into a thrilling adventure. Motivation is hard to come by on any given day, but it’s proven that making things fun will make people exercise more. You are, quite literally, running for your life.
Vent takes a new approach to letting it out: creating a sort of social media platform for you to “hug,” “same,” or “lol” a status. I was cynical of it at first, but found it sort of sweet and endearing to get hugs — and a lot of the people there will reply and say nice things.
This app is responsive to how you feel. Tell it you want to relax, and it’ll give you breathing exercises, and vice versa. There’s even a community that will respond to how you’re doing — it’s wonderful for those of us prone to anxiety attacks.
13. Pump Up
A social network all about posting those pictures of yourself after a workout. Jokes aside, there’s more to this app that meets the eye, like workouts composed by the people in the community, and tracking your exercises.
14. Spring Moves
I love how a good song makes me feel for a workout — for music elitists like me, download Spring, a music app that will identify how fast or slow you’re going and suggest a song to match it up.
SAM helps you understand anxiety and gives you exercises to help you calm down or distract yourself from the trigger — such as deep breathing, picture exercises, and more information to get you through the attack.
Please note that none of these apps can cure or diagnose you, but they can help support you in your journey. You can also reach out to volunteers and staff at the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s hotline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).