There’s an app for just about anything these days, and while some may criticise those who are constantly absorbed in their phone- these little devices really can improve our lives. We’re essentially walking around with powerful little computers in our pocket that give us access to all kinds of information. So why wouldn’t we utilize this? Here are just a few of the best apps for self-improvement. (Also read my favorite apps I use to run my business on the go)
They Track Our Health
Fitness trackers like Apple Watches and Fitbits sync up to a smartphone app and can provide excellent information about our health. They can track heart rate so we know how hard we’re pushing ourselves during exercise, and how many minutes of activity we’re racking up each week. They can track our sleep patterns, giving us an insight as to how much sleep we’re getting (and the quality of that sleep) and can work out things like our fitness levels, how many calories we burn each day and lots of other important pieces of information. I personally own a Fitbit and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever done. They have the best customer service because even when mine broke, I got a new one (for free without questions asked). And they never get boring because you can get new fitbit bands whenever you want, there are many options to choose from.
Even without an additional fitness tracker, apps like MyFitnessPal can track calories and macros we consume in our food and how much water we have drunk. There are apps that can remind us to take medication, or even for those with a specific health condition to monitor their symptoms. Apps can help us to take the guesswork out of our health, and with this information, we’re well equipped to keep our bodies running as well as we can.
They Entertain Us
Life can get a little boring sometimes. Perhaps we’re waiting for public transport, stuck on a long commute, waiting for a friend running late or just at a loose end. In these situations, instead of being stuck twiddling your thumbs you can go on your phone and lose yourself for a little while instead. Pop in your headphones and listen to your favorite music, or click on a game- you could be the hero in Final Fantasy 15 or complete that level of Candy Crush that’s been bugging you. You could listen to a podcast or audiobook, or click on the Kindle app and read for a while. Scrolling through social media, messaging a friend or taking photos are options too. Either way, having access to something that can occupy your brain for a little while can certainly make life less boring.
They Keep Us Organised
Gone are the days when organized folk would have to carry around a huge Filofax or paper diary. Apps can help to keep us organized when it comes to appointments, finances, they can help us keep track of any lists we’re working through and so much more. There are list-making apps, budgeting apps, calendar apps which have more features than your regular smartphone calendar. Best of all, many of these sync to our computers or tablets meaning we have an up to date list (that’s easy to edit) on whatever device you’re using.
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