Five apps for achieving a new and better you

Predictions have been made that the wellness and fitness market across the UK will hit £22.8 billion by the time we reach 2020. So much of this industry is currently dominated by the purchasing of sports equipment, gym memberships, alternative medicine and weight loss initiatives, while a lot of people would have begun 2019 by starting a new health regime.

Close to 29 per cent of the population of Britain — which is equivalent to around 14.5 million people — made a resolution to lose weight in 2018, according to data gathered last year. What’s more, 19 per cent of people were keen to improve their fitness levels. However, reports show that over half of us fail to stick to our resolutions after just one month. So, how can we stick to our guns and improve our health in the new year? Here, Pharma Nord, who stock omega 7 supplements, take a peek at some of the best health apps to download:

Why you should download the Smokefree app

Is quitting smoking proving to be a huge hurdle for you to get across? Kicking this habit is something five million people in the UK tried to do in 2017, but one in five didn’t achieve a month without a cigarette. With the Smokefree app, you will be provided with daily tips, advice and support over a 28-day programme. Better still, you’ll be rewarded if you meet your goals! The app states that you are up to five times more likely to quit for good If you stay smoke free for the four-week programme.

Available to download from: iTunes and Google Play

How much does it cost? It’s free.

Why you should download the Couch to 5k app

If you want to enhance your fitness levels by running but put off by the thought of getting around a marathon, the couch to 5k app provides a fantastic alternative. Presented by Public Health England, it builds you up gradually with a mix of running and walking so that within 9 weeks you should be able to run 5 kilometres (3.1 miles). There’s also a choice of five virtual trainers to help you on your fitness journey and keep you motivated.

Download it from: iTunes and Google Play

How much does it cost? It’s free.

Why you should download the Calorie checker app

So many of us struggle to stick to a strict diet. While the odd takeaway or cheat meal is often encouraged by health experts, so too is portion control. The NHS’s calorie checker is a great way to monitor your intake, with over 150,000 food and drink itemised products showing the calorie and fat content.

Available to download from: NHS website

How much does it cost? It’s free.

Why you should download the Sworkit app

Would you rather work out in the comfort of your own home instead of trying to get onto a fitness machine within a busy gym scene? We advise you download the Sworkit app. With their ‘no gym, no excuse’ slogan, it pretty much speaks for itself. With a host of exercise ideas and programmes to choose from, including strength, cardio and stretching, you can mould your perfect workout. The app will deliver an array of exercises to follow during your session and is a great option for those who already have a good knowledge of where they want to target.

Available to download from: iTunes and Google Play

How much does it cost? It’s free, though with options of in-app purchases.

Why you should download the Seven app

Does gaming make up one of your list of interests? This app treats fitness as a classic video game and sets you challenges to complete using no more than a chair, your own weight or a wall. These tasks are set daily for seven months and each day you miss, you will lose a life (you start with three). If you lose all three in a month, your progress is reset to zero. Stick with it and you’re sure to see results!

Available to download from: iTunes and Google Play

How much does it cost? It’s free, or you can pay £3.99 per month for the premium version.

Once these five apps are installed onto your smartphone, you’ll be a lot closer to achieving that health and wellbeing goal which you’ve set yourself. Whether you’re working towards quitting smoking, improving your diet or upping your exercise regime, these helpful tools can be a great aid for your targets. Good luck!

Sources

https://www.statista.com/topics/3411/fitness-industry-in-the-united-kingdom-uk/

https://www.thedrum.com/opinion/2018/11/16/the-rise-the-micro-resolution-new-year-fitness-and-wellbeing-marketing-trends

https://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/news/g3845/best-workout-and-exercise-apps/

https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/five-million-uk-smokers-tried-11462443

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/tools-and-technology-that-can-help/

https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/best-fitness-apps-best-hiit-apps-best-strength-apps

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