Mindful Living: 4 Apps to Boost Your Health and Wellness

It has never been easier to learn about healthy lifestyle choices with so many tech tools available to monitor your health and wellness. These programs record your daily activity and give you personalized healthy suggestions and reminders. Using digital wellness programs can kick-start your initiative to make healthier daily choices and improve your overall mindset.

With more than 300,000 digital health and wellness managers on the market today, when it’s time to pick one, the choices can be overwhelming.

Here are our top four choices for best health and wellness apps.

Number 1  iStrive for Better Health

iStrive for Better Health, HAP’s digital wellness manager, is free to members. iStrive starts with a 10-minute Health Assessment survey to get an overview of your current health. Then, iStrive gives you suggestions from experts on how to add healthy lifestyle choices to your daily routine. It’s like your own personal health and wellness coach, which makes it a top choice for best health apps.

iStrive also gives HAP members access to an encyclopedia of health and wellness knowledge. This library is updated regularly with the latest in health news from cutting-edge research from WebMD. You can also participate in a different challenge each quarter through iStrive.

Access iStrive by logging in at hap.org, then select iStrive for Better Health from the My Health and Wellness tab. You can also use the Wellness at Your Side mobile app.

0891 Pro Tip DesigniStrive connects to more than 140 fitness wearables which help you keep track of your goals. Save on wearables from Garmin and Fitbit with HAP Member Discounts. To see these and other deals, download the HAP Member Discounts app on iPhone or Android and save on health and wellness items. To get your access code, log in to your hap.org account and click HAP Member Discounts in the Quick Links.

Number 2  Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers continues to grow in popularity since its launch more than 55 years ago. This program goes further than other traditional health apps by creating a community of motivated people who are taking on lifelong healthy eating goals. Connecting with people who are on similar fitness journeys for support and encouragement makes going through a lifestyle change much easier.

This program promotes positivity by focusing on the healthy foods you should be eating instead of what you cannot eat. It promotes the idea that you don’t have to cut out your favorite foods completely, encouraging members to educate themselves on the importance of portion size and balance. Completely cutting out favorite foods is often what leads to diet failure. By gaining nutrition knowledge, members get the tools to achieve long-term weight loss and improve overall wellness.

0891 Member Exclusive TypeHAP members can enroll in a 12-week Weight Watchers program for only $99. If you remain enrolled, additional 12-week sessions are $119. Log in to your hap.org account, click HAP Member Discounts in the Quick Links and scroll to Weight Watchers to learn more.

Number 3  MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular health apps on the market. With its broad encyclopedia of foods and exercises, this app tracks your calories and workouts in one place. It's a great tool for those looking to be more mindful of their daily activity.

Tracking calories helps to remind you of your food intake throughout the day. This is especially helpful if you enjoy grazing on snacks because It’s so easy to lose track of how much you’re taking in.

MyFitnessPal tells you your total caloric intake for proteins, fats, and carbs so you know what you’re putting into your body. This app is also a workout tracker. Simply input the type of activity and how long you worked out. Overall, this is a popular choice and considered one of the best fitness apps.

This method of counting calories may not lead to weight loss because portion sizes and ingredients vary. But estimating and tracking what you eat is a healthy habit and this app will help you do it.

Number 4  Headspace

Mental wellness is a trending topic. People are starting to speak up on the subject, ending the shame that many go through by suffering in silence.

Headspace is a popular wellness app that offers meditations and mantras to combat stress and anxiety. It’s a good introduction to meditation for those who have never tried it. During stressful times the guided meditations can help put things into perspective.

Mental health is directly connected to physical health and activity. Like any other organ in your body, the brain requires care to perform at its best. Wellness starts from within, and mental health is the first step.

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