Apps to keep you moving

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 11:00

Many of us lead increasingly busy lives as we juggle work and family commitments, often leaving us with less free time to look after ourselves.  We don’t always have extended blocks of time to devote to exercising and stretching, even when we know that those activities are good for us. 

Fortunately, it is becoming clear from a growing body of clinical evidence that ‘little and often’ can make a substantial positive difference for overall health and wellbeing, especially over the long term

Here are a few fitness apps that we at St Clements Osteopathy and Massage use ourselves to help us stay mobile and active even when time is limited.  Whether you have a spare 20 minutes every morning before breakfast or just a spare 5 minutes (or less) between meetings at work, there is an app for you!  It probably goes without saying but no one at St Clements Osteopathy and Massage has a direct financial interest in or affiliation with any of the apps we link to below. 

Yoga Studio

http://yogastudioapp.com/ 

Available on iphone and android.  Free to download.  In app purchases are available but are not necessary to access useful content.

"A very useful app for yoga beginners and veterans alike."- The Guardian

7 minute workout app

https://7minuteworkout.jnj.com/

Also available on iphone and android.  Extremely popular app with over 1.4 million downloads worldwide.  Easy to use and easy to squeeze into even the busiest of days.

Fitness Blender

https://www.fitnessblender.com/blog/new-fitness-blender-app-now-available-free-fitness-and-workout-app

Available on iphone, android and Youtube.  Workouts range from 5 minute stretches to 90+ minute cardio sessions.  Heavy emphasis on good form and working safely at your own pace and fitness level.

Little and Often!  Our own video library is growing

www.51stclements.co.uk

All of these apps are free so why not make a promise to yourself to keep moving for an extra  5 or 10 minutes each day?

Over the coming months we will be adding more of our own video content to the website and our Youtube channel;  please do have a look at the stretching videos we have available now, such as massage therapist Chris Haworth's video demonstrating shoulder stretches and Louise James demonstrating lower back stretches.  For relaxation and general unwinding, Osteopath and mindfulness trainer Ben Ousey has produced a guided mindfulness exercise video which is ideal for fitting into the busiest of (stressful) days.  More of our own content is to come, but in the meantime we hope that you find these popular and reliable apps as useful as we do!  

Before adding any additional exercise and stretches to your daily routine, all the usual caveats apply:  if you have pre-existing health issues please consult with your medical practitioners before starting;  never stretch into pain;  always work at an intensity rate that is suitable for your own goals and fitness level.  Get in touch with your GP or your Osteopath if you have any questions about whether or not an exercise or stretching app is suitable for you.

 

References

http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/specialtopic/physical-activity/print.html

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/getting-enough-exercise

http://patient.info/wellbeing/fitness/exercise---little-and-often-pays-dividends

http://ajhpcontents.org/doi/abs/10.4278/ajhp.110916-QUAN-348