Mobile phones have become the ideal assistants for improving our mental and physical wellbeing. They’re always with us, they’re highly personalised, and, at the touch of a button, we have access to the latest work of some brilliant developers.
However, the volume of apps available that are targeted at improving mental health and fitness can be overwhelming, making it difficult to work out which apps offer real value. That’s why we’ve curated a list of our favourite tried and true apps for you to try.
Freemium. Full membership is priced between $7.49/month for a year membership and $17.99/month for month by month membership.
This app has been around for a few years now and has over a million users worldwide. Built on the science of happiness, it offers activities and games designed by experts, meant to teach and reinforce the habits necessary to become happier. While the premium version of this app is fairly expensive, the free version is robust enough that you might never feel the need to upgrade. Available on iOS and Android devices.
2. Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is all about “modern meditation”. This Australian not-for-profit provides a free web and app-based program for learning lifelong tools based in mindfulness meditation. The Smiling Mind app is specifically designed for young people and is developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy. However, their adult program is also hugely popular. The app is available on iOS and Android devices and offers four separate programs for users aged seven to 11, 12 to 15, 16 to 22, and adults. Smiling Mind has also recently teamed up with Beyond Blue to produce Mind The Bump, a free mindfulness meditation app for expectant parents.
Freemium. Full membership is priced at $14.99/month or $62.99/year.
RunKeeper is a classic in the world of fitness tracking apps. This app started as a simple tool for users to track their runs and map improvement, however, over the years it has grown to become a powerful fitness tool. The app now has the capacity to track thirteen different activities, set and track goals, join challenges, and access training plans. The full membership offers even more powerful coaching and greater insights into your progress, as well as access to premium training plans, however, the free version offers enough features to keep most runners happy. Available on iOS and Android devices.
4. Couch to 5K
$2.99 on iOS
$2.81 on Android
There are a huge number of couch to 5k running apps available, however, this app from active.com is consistently the most popular. The app is specifically designed for beginner runners, and the program aims to get you running your first 5k within 9 weeks. Available on iOS and Android devices.