Five health apps for your family

  • Date: 25 July 2018
  • Category: General
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Have no time to exercise and look after yourself? Dealing with children who have trouble calming down at bedtime? Struggling to get your children to even look at a vegetable?  Maybe the solution is in your smart phone! Although children should not have too much screen time in their day, certain apps can be useful in many ways when it comes to the health of you and your family. We’ve put together a list of apps that are suitable for both children and adults and help with areas such as mindfulness, fitness and nutrition.

  1. C-Fit Yoga

C-Fit Yoga is designed for the classroom, but you can use it at home too. It has four 10 minute long yoga lessons with videos, music and simple instructions on how to do the poses. These are easy for kids to understand and the short time frame will keep their attention span. Even if you or your family have no yoga knowledge, you will be able to easily complete these workouts. Yoga helps children with their coordination, balance and flexibility. It’s also great for relaxation and focus.

Best for ages: 3+

Price: $2.99

Available for iOS

  1. Awesome Eats

A healthier alternative to Candy Crush, this game app takes children through stacking and sorting fruits, vegetables and whole grains to progress up levels. There are 64 levels so there’s plenty of fun for your family, plus the game gives healthy eating tips along the way. It’s an entertaining way to learn about nutrition without children noticing.

Best for ages: 4+

Price: Free

Available for iOS and Android

  1. Smiling Mind

A meditation app that can be used by anyone, but it’s specifically designed for children in primary and secondary school. The meditation sessions are short and have options for different age groups. For example, the app tells younger children to visualise their breath as a glowing bubble. Meditation has been shown to calm anxiety and stress, as well as enhance creativity, concentration and empathy. It’s great for all kids but especially ones who are suffering from mental health issues. Try a session as a family.

Best for ages: 7+

Price: Free

Available for iOS and Android

  1. 7 Minute Workout

Great for parents who want to be active but don’t have time to go to the gym. The app has a series of seven minute workouts of varying levels. Any exercise is better than none, so fit in a quick workout before work. You can do this together with older children to encourage each other.

Best for ages: 10+

Price: Free, but with in-app purchases

Available for iOS and Android

  1. Couch to 5k

This app can get any couch potato to run 5km in two months. Suitable for older children and adults, it takes the user slowly through getting their fitness up over three 30 minute workouts a week. The first few weeks include short bursts of running in between walking, and gradually the workouts become harder until you can run a full five kilometres without stopping.

Best for ages: 10+

Price: Free for the first three runs, then $4.49

Available for iOS and Android