We’ve put together a handy list of apps that will take care of your mind and body appetite during the dreary winter months.

Let’s be completely honest with each other; in the deep, dark days of winter we’d all rather snuggle in bed or add to our winter insulation courtesy of a few bags of chips than get up in the pitch black and go for a run. Unfortunately, as our bodies hibernate they also expand and we can be left feeling lethargic, unmotivated and downright sad.

It's great having that chirpy, but slightly irritating, friend who doesn’t seem to notice the cold and will wrench you out of bed for a bout of exercise, but we can’t always rely on that person. And who better to tell you to get off your lazy behind and exercise or suggest a new healthy meal for dinner than your trusty phone? And when the days begin growing longer and warmer you’ll be running rings around the friends who haven’t lifted a finger in months.

Apps for your body

Pokemon Go

It's the craze getting everyone off the couch and bumping into each other. The aim of the game is to catch Pokemon that pop up around you in order to train, battle or evolve them. The workout you get is purely incidental as you walk (or run) around trying to be the best like no one ever was (admit it, you just sang the song in your head). That being said, from time to time the game also requires you to walk between two to ten kilometres in order to hatch Pokemon eggs. Depending on your commitment level this app could be the answer to your gaming and fitness needs.

What’s the damage: Free

Charity Miles

Rather than exercising for yourself, you can exercise and earn money for charities at the same time. The more you run, bicycle or walk the more money gets donated to a charity of your choice (which you chose from a list on the app). But, ‘how does it work?' I hear you asking. Corporate sponsors pledge to donate 25 cents per mile you run or walk and 10 cents for bicycling (for your reference 1mile is equivalent to 1.6km). The charities to choose from include World Wildlife Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, Wounded Warrior Project, Stand Up to Cancer, Habitat for Humanity and a huge list of others.

What’s the damage: Free

My Fitness Pal

This one is the mother of all fitness apps, tracking your exercise and food intake and allowing you to monitor how you’re tracking on a day-to-day basis. Great for setting goals if you’re trying to lose weight or just keeping track of your calories if you’re wanting to stay healthy. The app has a huge database of foods to help you easily log what you’re putting in your mouth and measuring it against how much you’re moving your body. This one is the ultimate calorie counter.

What’s the damage: Free

Pact

If the idea of losing money whenever you don’t exercise is something that’ll get you out of bed and doing star jumps then Pact might be for you. The app allows you to wager money on whether or not you’ll go to the gym or do a workout when you’ve said you will. If you end up reaching or exceeding the goals you’ve set you can earn some dollars. But be careful, if you don’t you’ll have to pay money into the pot. Putting money in is optional, but it’s really the whole point of the app – you may as well download something else if you’re not all in.

What’s the damage: Free to download and then whatever money you want to bet on yourself.

Apps for your mind

Buddhify

Trouble sleeping or just finding it difficult to wind down from the day? Buddhify is the guided meditation that will have you seriously blissed out. The dulcet tones of the narrators help you slow down your mind and focus on the breath. Choose between several situations – going to sleep, travelling, starting the day, etc. – and then settle on one of the five to six choices in each category. Now, close your eyes and breath.

What’s the damage: $7.99

MINDBODY Connect

Find fitness classes, yoga studies, wellness and beauty services near you and book them all through the app. You can also keep track of what you’ve got coming up in your schedule and how many calories you’ve burnt based on the activities you’ve booked into. Sometimes it’s so much easier to put your fitness in the hands of an experienced professional and MINDBODY Connect is a great facilitator.

What’s the damage: Free

Have you tried any of these or got any recommendations to get us all through the winter months? Let us know in the comments below.

Cheers,
Mark

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