As we change, so does the technology we use. New apps and websites are always springing up to keep us connected, simplify our lives, to bring us joy, and FaceTune our wrinkles. And at the end of the day, that’s all you really want, right? For this Weekly Top 5, we’re jumping into the world of techn to make you healthy. If you’re going to be staring at a screen for 14 hours a day, might as well devote at least a little of that time toward your mental and physical health. Tiktok can wait, we promise.
Noom app, from $66/month at Noom.com
Noom is a weight loss app that provides access to a health coach and a personalized eating plan as you work to alter your behavior around food and exercise. Diet culture — to its core — is toxic. Noom is leading the pack against diet culture and toward mentally- and physically-healthy eating habits. You’ll start by filling out a questionnaire about your current lifestyle and what you hope to accomplish. Once you do that, you’re paired with a health and wellness coach to help you through the good times and the tough times.
The Mirror, $1,345 at Mirror.co
Peleton this and treadmill that. What about a home workout device that hides in plain sight? That’s where Mirror comes in. The Mirror wants to make sure you’re working out the right way, and that might just be in your home, looking at your reflection. This nearly-invisible home gym features thousands of live and on-demand fitness classes, as well as personal training sessions for an additional fee. And when Mirror is turned off, it just looks like a decorative full-length mirror that looks good in your home.
Headspace app, from $5.83/mo at Headspace.com
If you’re anything like the rest of the seven billion people on this planet, the pandemic has not been easy on you. And when you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders as you wait for optimistic news to finally come, Headspace is here to help. Headspace is a meditation app that teaches you life-changing mindfulness skills in as few as three minutes every day. With Headspace, you can develop skills necessary to combat anxiety and stress.
UPRIGHT GO 2, $99 at UprightPose.com
Hovering over your computer for eight hours a day? And then hovering over every other table you ever sit at? So you’re realizing your body is now shaped like the number 7? This is where UPRIGHT comes in. UPRIGHT is a posture trainer that goes on your upper back, pairs with your smartphone, and vibrates when it catches you slouching. The app also has a training program available that gives you real-time feedback about your slouchiness. It’s never too late to sit up straight. You just might need a small device strapped to your back to help.
BetterHelp app, $80/week at BetterHelp.com
Therapy might not be the answer to all of life’s problems — but it might just be the answer to most of them. Unfortunately, therapy isn’t cheap and isn’t always easy to access or squeeze into your schedule. With BetterHelp, you get therapy in an app. You’ll be matched with one of the 22,000 licensed, board-accredited counselors for live therapy sessions at times that work for you.