Whether you love technology or loathe it, the fact of the matter is, it’s here to stay. We have everything at our fingertips and I honestly believe that we are starting to see a shift in people who have traditionally lived sedentary lives. With all the health and fitness apps on the market, it’s a lot more motivating for families to keep healthy and active.
Below are my Top 10 Apps that are all available through the Apple App Store. (This is not a sponsored post for Apple by the way).
1. Chemical Maze
What it is: Ever wondered what those names you can’t pronounce are on the back of foods, moisturisers or cleansers? This is a particularly great app if you or your family members have food allergies or are wanting to go down the au natural path. A face code shows just how user-friendly each additive/ingredient is from safe through to potentially hazardous to your health.
Why it’s ace: A simple and easy way to identify what sort of nasties are in our foods and cosmetics. At the touch of a button, you can quickly find out with chemical maze. Simply type in the ingredient and you’ll be shockingly surprised with what you are putting into your body.
2. Smiling Minds
What it is: It’s meditation made easy. A simple tool that helps put a smile on your mind whenever you think you may need it.
Developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs.
Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit initiative that provides six free Mindfulness Meditation Programs including:
– Bite Size
– 7-11 Years
– 12-15 Years
– 16-22 Years
Why it’s ace: We live in a world where our stress levels can be high on a regular basis. This app can be used to help create happier, healthier and more compassionate people, from youngsters through to adults. It teaches you to just “breathe”.
3. PT in my Pocket by The HIIT Mum
What it is: Literally, a PT in your pocket! Colette from The HIIT mum has absolutely got it right when she launched this little gem late last year. With a number of high intensity workouts that burn lots of calories in a short space of time, you’ll have your daily workout done and dusted in no time. Your welcome.
Why it’s ace: There are 7 awesome workouts to choose from but be warned, be prepared to work your butt off! Colette pushes you along every step of the way. Your own virtual PT, cool hey?
What it is: For the running and cycling enthusiasts, this is the app for you. Record your athletic activity, upload it then compare your data with your yourself, your mates and the pros.
Why it’s ace: Connect with other athletes all over the world and give them kudos for a job well done. Nothing more rewarding than receiving acknowledgement from your others after a run or ride.
5. Map My Walk/Run
What it is: A fitness tracking application that enables you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all of your fitness activities. Record your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled on an interactive map. You can even effortlessly save and upload your workout data to MapMyWalk where you can view your route workout data, and comprehensive workout history.
Why it’s ace: Create your route, set your goals, pump up the tunes. This user-friendly app has it all. A great tool to keep you on track whilst connecting with other like minded people.
What it is: Cassy Ho has combined pilates and pop to bring you the most awesome of workouts that can be done in the privacy of your own home.
Why it’s ace: Each month, 1 Secret Workout Video is released for you to download and keep on your phone. All the planning has been done for you. You can also view some awesome clean eating recipes via the app.
7. MenuPlanner – Planning With Kids
What it is: I just love Nicole Avery. Aka the Planning Queen. This fabulous app allows you to quickly and easily create weekly menu plans for the whole family, choosing as many meals per day as you would like to plan for.
- Generate the shopping list for all the meals selected.
- Modify the shopping list to check off items you already have at home.
- Email the shopping list to yourself and/or others.
Each recipe lists the ingredients required, easy to follow instructions and photos.
Why it’s ace: If you’ve been following Nicole like I have for a while, you’ll know that she could be categorised as one of the most organised women on the planet. For busy families, this app will help you plan healthy, nutritious meals the whole family will love!
8. I Learn – Bizzibrains
What it is: I only discovered this app last weekend and it has already become a favourite in our house. Targetted at kinder and school children, it allows your kids to get the best start to their learning.
Kids love writing their names, getting ready to leave on time, learning maths, joining in in the playground, identifying and talking about emotions, playing I spy and so much more. I learn will have your child ready to make the most of school, kinder or where ever he goes to learn in no time at all.
Why it’s ace: It’s extremely interactive and personal. It gets little minds working and keeps them entertained for ages.
9. The Human Body – Tinybop
If you want to teach the kids what we’re made of and how our machines work, then this is the app for you. Or if you are studying fitness or nutrition, it’s a great way for you to learn in layman’s terms.
What it is: Interactive, educational and animated, this app explores a working model of the human body. The heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, the skin feels, and eyes see.
• Six interactive, animated systems included: skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive.
• Includes a detailed, accurate, interactive model of the heart, brain, eye, stomach, mouth, and much more.
• Ask questions and provide answers with a recording tool.
• Dashboard allows you to support learning and play and to view, save, and share conversations with your kids.
• Free downloadable app handbook. They’re full of interesting facts and discussion questions.
• Smart device features include: front camera to demonstrate vision, microphone to show how hearing works, photo and music libraries are demonstrate brain function, device orientation shows the effect of gravity on the body.
• Intuitive, safe, and kid-friendly design.
• Multi-user system: each child can choose and name their own avatar.
• No rules or levels—curiosity is rewarded.
Why it’s ace: Kids are like sponges, they love to learn. This is a great app to teach them about the human body and is fun for the whole family.
10. Little Moments
The very clever Chantelle Ellem of Fat Mum Slim created this brilliant app that makes any amateur photographer look like a pro!
What it is: With a super fun photo editor and a Photo A Day challenge, this app is easy to use, interactive and if you love snapping away every minute of the day like me, it can be very, very distracting. (In a good way).
Make any photo, from any moment, really special. Apply a fancy filter, or add a quote, design or cute wording over the top so it’s more fun to share on Facebook or Instagram. Getting creative with your photos has never been more fun & easy!
Why it’s ace: Whether you take advantage of both parts of the app, or just one, it’s a great to way to celebrate the little moments that become life long memories.
So tell me, what are your favourite apps and do you spend as much money at the app store as what I do?
I’m flogging my blog with the gorgeous Grace from With Some Grace today. I met her in the flesh last week and she is so, so awesome.