Fitness goals are important on several counts. They hold us accountable, expand our definition of possible, and encourage us to push through temporary discomfort for longer-lasting change. But figuring out how to set fitness goals you’ll actually want to attain can be part art, part science.
If your mental health is a concern, My Possible Self may be the app for you. Use the ‘moments’ function to monitor your feelings and recognize any patterns or triggers in your behavior, and the self-help ‘modules’ to tackle issues such as stress, anxiety, loss, or major life changes.
Leading messaging app Viber connects over 900 million users around the globe – it’s a digital platform that provides users with access to supportive online communities and groups. Online communities are a great way for people to hold themselves accountable and seek motivation from like-minded individuals. Group chats can offer support for fitness, cooking and book recommendations.
A recipe book in your pocket, cult lifestyle blogger Deliciously Ella’s popular app brings her delicious plant-based recipes straight to your phone, with nearly 300 nutritious dishes to choose from – and with 2021’s update, there’s plenty more to enjoy, too. It now includes a personalized wellness plan and an intuitive daily tracking tool to monitor your plant-based diet, exercise, sleep, mindfulness and water consumption.
So easy to use—as easy as making a phone call—and you can invite multiple people into a call just by texting a button to join. When you have more than a couple people, everyone’s picture starts to float around, making it hard for some to follow a conversation (focus Karen!), but it’s a quick, easy way to connect. And you can still give that friend who ‘swears they like Androids better than iPhones’ a hard time by inescapably excluding them from any FaceTime calls. Apple users only in this club.
Just as most people’s job descriptions now consist of ‘Zoom user,’ so do most people’s social lives. Zoom happy hour, anyone? Zoom is easy to use, and you don’t have to have an account to accept a meeting invitation. Though you can only talk for 40 minutes at a time if you don’t have a paid account. But hey, if Uncle Bob starts talking about his quarantine puzzle conquests yet again, this may not be a bad thing.
You thought you could escape voicemails, didn’t you? This video voicemail app lets you leave friends recorded video messages. It’s convenient if you haven’t had the chance to sync up a time to video chat time with someone, and don’t want to be the ‘surprise video call’ friend. But if you’re one of those people with a perpetually full voicemail box, just don’t download the app and you won’t appear as an option for people to send you messages.
Most people have a Gmail account these days (well, maybe not your Android friend still rocking that Yahoo account) so it’s easy to click on your contacts that appear in your chat screen and invite them for a call. You can connect with up to 25 people, send an invitation link and even reminders.
If you’re a big fan of Peek-a-boo the ghost, and adding goofy filters onto your photos, this is the video-call zone for you. It’s a little harder to navigate, so it can be fun to use with your friends already on Snapchat, but not the best way to organize extended family get-togethers.
Whichever platform you choose, enjoy the time connecting with the outside world.