If you want to make a change in your life, chances are there’s an app that can help. Want to see better? Wake up feeling rested? Meet other pickleball players? Pull out your phone and get started.
1. You want to get moving
Walking can boost your mood, help you maintain healthy body weight, build strength in your muscles and bones, and lower your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. And being outside in nature can reduce stress and make you happier.
The app:MapMyWalk (free). Use it to measure your distance, pace, and calories and to find new walking routes.
2. You want to be more flexible
Yoga can build flexibility and strength, improve your heart health and overall fitness, help control your weight, and improve your mindfulness, and it’s never too late to start.
The app:Pocket Yoga ($2.99). If the scheduling or cost makes it tough for you to get to a yoga studio, try Pocket Yoga and practice according to your skill level and the time you have available.
The apps: A range of apps can help you reach your weight-loss goals. Three of the most popular are MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, and SparkPeople. All are free to start with premium versions available.
5. You want to hear better in noisy places
You may struggle to hear in restaurants, or need to turn up the volume on your TV. Consider having your hearing tested. In the meantime, these apps can help filter out the sounds you don’t want to hear and amplify the ones you do.
The apps:Sound Amplifier (Android, free) or HearYouNow (Apple, free) can help you understand conversations in challenging listening situations.
If you’ve reached the age where reading glasses come in handy sometimes, you’ve no doubt discovered the benefit of your phone’s flashlight app. When you need more than bright light, an app can help clear things up.
The app: Magnifying Glass + Flashlight (Android, Apple, free) lets you zoom in and out to read text on menus, labels, and owners’ manuals.