The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way we live our lives, and for many of us, it will be hard to return to our old ways. Many of us have learned over the last several months how to realign our lives so that we can maintain some normalcy while rarely leaving home. Depending on your personality this may be a good thing or a bad thing. If quarantining has made you lazier, you may not realize the negative effects it’s having on your heart health.
Thankfully for all of us, there have been advances in technology that make maintaining heart health possible without ever leaving the house.
These days you can find an app for anything. Below we have compiled a list of apps that can be downloaded on Apple or Android phones and used to advance your heart health during this strange and unprecedented time.
A key aspect of heart health is maintaining an exercise routine. Fitness means different things to everyone, some people enjoy your vigorous exercise while others are more interested in things that are less stressful on their bodies. While many people are avoiding gyms due to the pandemic, app developers have made it easier than ever to get a good workout out at home.
Companies like Nike and Adidas have created very popular apps to help track your walking and running. Additionally, there are apps like Couch to 5K, Runkeeper, and Strava that also make tracking your running progress easier. With these apps, you can check your distance and speed over time and even share that information with the community for encouragement and accountability.
Apps like Obe, Peloton, and Daily Yoga provide live and streaming fitness classes that you can do from the comfort of your own home. These classes range from high energy Boot Camp classes to yoga and stretching. There is something for everyone. Peloton, NordicTrack, and other fitness companies also offer the option of purchasing a piece of fitness equipment so you can join their live running or spinning classes from home.
Another important aspect of heart health that we mention regularly is maintaining a healthy diet. This can be especially different during times of high stress and times of great joy. For many of us the holidays are an easy time to lose track of our heart health goals. So now, at the beginning of a new year, this is a great time to look into apps that can help you make dietary choices you will be proud of.
Companies like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig have long led the diet industry and to this day have applications that make maintaining heart health from your phone easier than ever. Recently an app called Noom has increased in popularity. This app claims to use science and psychology to help people create new habits and achieve sustainable results. There are so many apps that can help you achieve heart health through diet changes, the most important thing is to find what works for you.
You may not realize it, but maintaining your mental and emotional health is essential to maintaining your heart health. Emotional stress translates in your body to physical stress on your heart. If you are a person who has a lot of anxiety, you’ll find that a commitment to managing your emotional health will make you feel better all around.
One key to promoting her health through emotional health is meditation. For a long time meditation has been associated with spirituality or religion. But the reality is meditation is scientifically proven to improve mental and emotional health by helping individuals better cope with stress and anxiety.
The Calm and Headspace apps are two of the most well-known on the market. Each is subscription-based but offers lots of education and free resources to help you learn the science and the skill behind meditation. The great thing about a guided meditation application is that you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’re doing it right. Just hit play and follow the instructions.
Finally, all of the heart health applications listed above require the development of new habits. If you are accustomed to living in a way that requires little to no exercise, involves eating unhealthy foods, and being extremely stressed, it’s going to be highly difficult to achieve heart health. Habit development is difficult, but thankfully there are also apps for that!
Streaks and Tally are two of many different applications that enable you to track your behaviors to encourage the development of new habits. For example, if you want to drink more water every day you can set that habit up in one of these applications and hold yourself accountable to the simple change that is essential to heart health. Often we lose track when we try to make numerous changes all at once. Applications like these allow you to address a couple of simple lifestyle changes, one at a time until eventually, you see significant growth.
Once the coronavirus pandemic is long gone we expect to see people return to their old lifestyles. But we also expect that there will be lots of people who have grown accustomed to the simplicity of life and choose to maintain that moving forward. For this reason and many others, applications like these listed above will continue to grow in popularity as people work to achieve heart health from the comfort of their own homes.
If you are concerned about your heart health or would like to learn more about how to attain heart health contact our office today. It would be our honor to meet with you and assist you on your heart health journey.