1. Headspace


With 10 million plus users worldwide, fans include Richard Branson and Gwyneth Paltrow, and a host of mental health experts. A great meditation app for beginners, users start off with a free Take10 programme, an introduction to the practice of meditation for 10 minutes a day in 10 days, while a subscription unlocks access to a deeper range of mindfulness exercises from just a few minutes to one hour. It can also be tailored to suit personal needs with guidance on breathing and visualisation to help enhance the experience. Free on iOS and Android

2. Couch To 5K


Taking beginners through their first 5k, the app is the perfect partner to get active. Its eight-week program offers users three workouts a week to get ready for the first big run. $2.99 on iOS and Android

3. Strava Running 
and Cycling


Offering one place to keep track of recent runs and rides, Strava is packed with features and is popular with serious endurance athletes. The app can track distance, speed, elevation, calories burned, heart rate, power and cadence, transforming all the data into easily managed graphics. Free on iOS and Android

4. Spotify Running


Part of the popular music app, Spotify Running measures your pace and picks a song with the beats per minute to match it, making sure your music matches your cadence. Free on iOS

5. MyFitnessPal


It is easy to see why MyFitnessPal has become the most popular health and fitness app in the world. The app’s database of more than 6 million foods makes it easy to track your diet, whether cooking at home, eating out or doing your grocery shopping. Whatever your goals – losing weight or putting on muscle – the app helps determine the best things to eat your way healthy. Other features include a barcode scanner to help log foods more easily, with more than 4 million barcodes recognised, restaurant logging from popular restaurants, and food insights, an educational tool to help users make more informed choices. Free on iOS and Android

6. Forks Over Knives


From the acclaimed makers of the renowned documentary, Forks Over Knives has over 300 clean, easy, plant-based recipes from world class chefs along with tips on leading a more plant-based lifestyle. With images and shopping list support, this app is pocket partner to healthy, eco-conscious eating. $4.99 iOS and Android

7. Meditation Studio


Offering a range of meditations focusing on areas such as anxiety, stress, happiness or gratitude, Meditation Studio has access to more than 160 different meditations. With courses including starter series, meditation essentials, sleep basics, mindful work and changing habits, an array of reputable teachers and a range of unguided meditations, this app has won a range of accolades. Free on iOS

8. Period Tracker Light


Period Tracker logs the dates and calculates the average of your past 3 months’ menstrual cycles to predict the start date of your next period. The app will help calculate future period dates, ovulation and fertile days, while allowing users to monitor data such as temperature, mood and weight. The app even allows users to export the data and notes to email for doctors visits. Free on iOS and Android

9. Sleep Cycle


The phase of sleep cycle one wakes up in is key to how refreshed you will feel in the morning. Sleep Cycle monitors sleep movements using sound or vibration analysis to find the optimal time to wake you up during a 30-minute window that ends at your set alarm time. Sleep Cycle uses the microphone or accelerometer in the iPhone to monitor movements and determines which sleep phase you are in then wakes you when you are in your lightest sleep phase. Free on iOS and Android

10. Mind Body


Wherever you are in the world this handy app can guide you to a plethora of activities including gyms, bootcamps, yoga and even spa and nutrition. With an online booking platform and schedule it also offers real time reviews and connectivity to FitBit. It is a useful pocket resource for active living on the go. Free on iOS and Android

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