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There's an app for that


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If you've got a smartphone, you're already carrying around a supercomputer in your pocket.


And although being glued to your phone all day isn't a great idea, making use of this amazing resource could help you to make healthy changes. 


With Google Fit and Apple Health, you can set fitness goals and track activity using your phone. You get points for more intense activities that can help reduce your risk of heart disease, improve sleep and increase mental wellbeing. They can also connect to other devices such as fitness bands, smartwatches and smart scales to allow you to log sleep, weight and heart rate.


So why not get started today and download one of them? But remember, they won't make the change for you!

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As well as Google Fit and Apple Health, there's a huge range of apps that can help you make changes.


  • Relaxation and mindfulness. Mindfulness helps both physical and mental health, including improving well-being and reducing blood pressure. Top free mindfulness apps: HeadspaceCalm
  • Couch to 5k. Don't enjoy exercise? Not sure how to start? Get a trainer in your pocket. The 'One You Couch to 5k' app takes you from nothing to running 5 kilometers in 9 weeks, with celebrity coaches including Sanjeev Kohli and Michael Johnson. Download on the App Store or Get it on Google Play
  • Activity tracking. Need a personalised physical activity plan? EXi is NHS approved and designed by physios. Or download Charity Miles if the idea of supporting a cause while getting fit appeals.
  • Change a habit. Sharing your change plan with others is proven to help. The HabitShare app helps you do just that. Or if you love games, why not fight monsters and earn gold with Habitica?


You can find more apps on our apps page.


Martin lost about 28kg by using MyFitnessPal to make some lifestyle changes. Watch his inspiring story today.



"It's never too late - never too late to start over, never too late to be happy." 

Jane Fonda

Nearly a million people have downloaded the One You Couch to 5k app since lockdown. Get motivated by coaches such as DJ Jo Whiley, comedians Sarah Millican and Sanjeev Kohli, and former US Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson. 

Good Thinking is London's very own hub for supporting wellbeing, particularly during COVID. Find out more by watching the video or visit their site.

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