10 Best Health & Fitness Apps for Busy Parents
With many of us here at Luxury Family Hotels parents ourselves, we know how difficult it is to incorporate fitness into daily life, especially when you have very young children. We also know that when you're focused on the needs of others, it’s hard to remember to look after yourself properly and get as much rest as you need. So we’ve taken a look at the best apps to help you get back into the fitness groove, improve your existing routine, lose weight or simply switch off from all the demands placed on you, if only for a few minutes.
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7-Minute Workout Challenge (£2.29)
Ideal for busy parents, this popular app comprises 12 high-intensity, fast-paced, fast-burning exercise sessions taking seven minutes but having the impact of an hour’s workout - and a lasting effect on the metabolism.
Headspace Meditation (free)
If you find it hard to turn off from worries and chores, this may be the answer. Headspace’s mission is to encourage/teach people to meditate for a few minutes a day - everyday. The basic app is free, or subscribe to create a personalised journey via further content on stress, creativity, relationships and happiness.
Walkmeter GPS (free)
Tracking walking, running and hiking for weight loss, this high-level app works through a combination of maps, graphs, intervals, laps, zones and training plans.
Map My Run (free)
This fitness tracking application uses your mobile device’s GPS to track duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route on an interactive map - which you can then share on social media for added motivation to keep up your routine.
This award-winning motivational and strength app and fitness social network, described as a kind of Facebook that makes you ‘harder, faster, stronger’, lets you track your workouts, earn points, beat quests and earn badges as you rise through the levels.
If you’re looking to shift weight post-pregnancy, this collection of five- or 10-minute ‘superset’ workouts is ideal, with no need for equipment and the ability to be slotted into your life while your baby naps or even lies on their play-mat beside you. You can choose to focus on certain body areas and to track your progress as well as share it via social media.
The lifestyle-based app encourages you to make better food choices, upgrade your exercise routine and attain your overall health goals by introducing healthy habits in small, lasting steps - from reminding you to drink enough water to supporting you on difficult days. In-app purchases include detailed nutritional breakdowns and diet plans.
FitStar Yoga (free)
Perfect for fitting in some flexibility training both at home or while travelling, this app offers yoga sessions for all levels devised by expert Tara Stiles. Premium access gives you customised sessions based on your progress, feedback and goals.
Sleep Better (free)
If you struggle with tiredness, unhealthy bedtime habits and/or insomnia, this sleep-cycle alarm clock app will help you to track your sleep, drop off more easily and even monitor your dreams, as well as learn how your daytime habits (caffeine and alcohol consumption, exercise habits and stress levels) influence your sleep efficiency.
This ‘thought journal’ fosters mental fitness by allowing you to track your mood and understand what influences it, helping you to regain perspective on events and problems.