Top 5 health and wellbeing apps

Turn your smart phone into a personal trainer with our rundown of the top health and wellbeing apps.

Relaxing the body & soul

Relaxing the body & soul

Yoga Studio

Available for iPhone and iPad

Comprehensive yoga app with over 16 hours of ready-made HD video – classes range from beginner to expert. Once you’ve mastered the basics you can go on to create your own class specially tailored to your needs with over 280 poses to choose from.

Nike Training Club

Available for Android and iPhone

Try out over 100 exclusive workouts including some by professional athletes such as Serena Williams and Gabby Douglas. The app will follow your progress and keep you on track with rewards and bonuses for a job well done. If you’re particularly pleased with your progress, you can even share your results on Facebook and Twitter.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Available for iPhone

The key to a sense of wellbeing can be as simple as getting a good night sleep and being allowed to wake up in your own time. The Sleep Cycle Alarm clock uses the accelerometer in your iPhone to judge by your movement what phase of sleep you are in and then gently wakes you when you are in your lightest cycle. Waking up at this point feels like waking naturally and is the perfect way to start the day.

Yoga on the beach

Yoga on the beach

Digifit

Available for Android, iPhone, iPad

Monitor your fitness with this useful download which tracks activity including time, distance and speed for all your sport and training needs. But the app goes further by allowing you to connect other devises such as heart rate monitors and fitness sensors to your phone to collect real-time data and create a full picture of cardio activity, blood pressure, weight and sleep patterns. The app will monitor your body when you exercise and advise you when to push harder for cardio fitness, or weight loss and when to take important rests.

Universal Breathing: Pranayama

Available for Android and iPhone

Breathing may sound rudimentary but in a stressful modern world many of us don’t give it much thought. As a result we take quick and shallow breaths, never getting the full benefit of each breath. This app offers a guide to slower, deeper breathing to create a sense of relaxation and calm. App creator, Saagara has developed a range of other holistic health and yoga apps well worth a look.

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Note: If you are concerned about your health, please consult with your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional before using any product listed here.