Body & Soul: Mindful Downloads
Get fit, lose weight, meditate, and enjoy a good night’s sleep with these apps, geared for wellness.
1. MyFitness Pal
Log meals, calculate calories, monitor weight, and track workouts with MyFitness Pal. The app is compatible with other fitness apps and devices including MapMyRun, UA Record, and Fitbit. Free; upgrade for $49.99/year.
2. 7 Minute Workout
The 7 Minute Workout app features a series of targeted total-body exercises with instructional illustrations and vocal guidance. The Workout for Women, Butt Workout, HIIT and Tabata app options are also available. Free.
Sophisticated GPS tracking makes Strava a popular choice for runners and cyclists. Compatibility with various fitness devices makes it easy for users to share and compare their performance or create customized training plans. Free.
4. Lose It!
Set a weight-loss goal, and track food and exercise with the Lose It! app. Tracking is accessible with various fitness devices while the Weight Loss Community is on hand to assist with tips and support. Free; upgrade for $39.99/year.
5. Asana Rebel
The Asana Rebel lets you choose from a variety of collections including Power Core, Cardio K.O., and Five Min Espresso. Duration and intensity levels are customizable for added convenience. Free 7-day trial; $58.99/year.
6. Insight Timer
The Insight Timer offers a wide range of timed and guided meditations. In addition to Yoga Nidra and sleep sessions, topics cover everything from practicing patience to gaining self-confidence and include soothing music and talks. Free.
From video lessons on movement and stretching to relaxing music and meditation, the Calm app incorporates over 100 guided sessions. The Sleep Stories section features famous voices sharing calming tales for a good night’s rest. Free 7-day trial; $59.99/year.
8. 10% Happier
Billed as “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics,” the 10% Happier app introduces the practice with guidance from well-known teachers and scientists. Courses, an extensive video library, and meditations cover home life, relationships, work, and health. Free 30-day trial; $100/year.
9. Sleep Cycle
Track sleep patterns with the Sleep Cycle app. From light to deep to dream states of sleep, this app uses sound analysis to determine the different cycles through the night. Come morning, it signals the body to wake for a well-rested sleep. Free one-month trial; upgrade for $29.99/year.