Living in a tech-centric world has its pros and cons. Much of our professional and social lives are conveniently housed in our devices–cool. We have so much access and information right at our fingertips–love it. Those devices, however, have become like an extra limb we can feel confused and awkward without, and we’ve become just a teensy bit dependent on that ease of access and connectedness. We’ve all experienced the acute horror of not being able to locate our phone for a full 35 seconds. Shiver. Add to that the fact that physical effort is not usually required for much anymore and you’ll see why technology can be a bit of a curse. In the modern world, critical thinking, exercise, and peace of mind are hard to come by, but these apps provide all 3, without demanding too much time.
If you ever find yourself feeling less sharp than you used to, Elevate is for you. This app analyzes, and targets those areas in your brain that could use some strengthening, and does so using some pretty addictive and fun games. It also tracks your progress, which is a great motivator. I like to play during my daily commute. Much more productive than Candy Crush.
2. Nike+ Training Club
Breaking news: working out is good for you. We all know this, but like, who has the time? Nike+ Training Club will help you maximize your workout time, no gym membership required. There are lots of workout options, customized plans, and you can even add friends to keep each other accountable. Some workouts are only 5 minutes long! No more excuses.
In a world where we ‘re constantly bombarded with information, and stress is basically a way of life, a little Headspace is just what the doctor ordered. This app is the perfect beginner’s guide to meditating. It uses animations, and a wonderful guide named Andy– who’s voice I’m obsessed with–to teach meditation and mindfulness, and it only takes 10 minutes a day. After the 10 day intro you’ll be begging for the upgrade, which is totally worth the 8 bucks a month.