7 Apps for a Healthy Morning Routine

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While I try to limit phone time in the early AM, I believe technology can be integrated into our morning routines for an easier beginning to the day. Every routine, however, requires discipline and it’s important to use an app with a specific intention. For example, using my phone to guide my yoga practice in the morning without peeping at Instagram. (Which is probably one of the most difficult things one can accomplish.) Here is a list of apps I’ve used that I feel have benefit my health since using them routinely, in no particular order.

Note: All of these apps are free with a few offering in app purchases. Two of these require gadgets to get the full benefit of the app, but I sincerely feel they are worth it, which is why I recommend checking them out.

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1. Fabulous

This app reminds me to be fabulous before my feet even touch the ground! Fabulous is a healthy habit forming app that uses basic psychology and takes into account the lifestyle changes you want to make . I don’t use this app much anymore, which is kinda the point of using this app. As each habit is introduced one at a time, it’s easy to pick up new habits for the long haul.

I sincerely have Fabulous to thank for jumpstarting my health journey. Also, because this app is beautiful and super user friendly (and free), it’s no surprise that it was selected as Google’s app of the year and won Google’s Material Design Award for most charming engagement.

See Fabulous in Google Play: Train your brain to break bad habits in 19 days

See Fabulous – Motivate Me in The App Store

2. Down Dog

You probably guessed that this is a yoga app. Down Dog offers chill, step-by-step video practices with voice over instruction while keeping a steady flow and is set in a modern, industrial environment. This is my favorite at home yoga guide, especially in the morning. I love that I can set the type of practice I need such as “Restorative, Full Practice or Quick Flow” making it a go-to for all times of day. Also, the level and length of practice can be set.

My prefer this app over other yoga apps because I can customize. Even with the same settings, I likely won’t see the same practice again. There is also an option to save practices I enjoy most. Another bonus of the settings is the english pose names and/or sanskrit pose names can be displayed during practice. This is really helpful if you are a beginner!

I’ve been using this for a while, but happy to see it is now an Editor’s Pick as well! There are more options to choose from with a paid membership including type of background music, pace, focus, and amount of spoken instruction. Though all features mentioned precious to these are totally free.

See Down Dog: Great Yoga Anywhere in Google Play

See Down Dog in The App Store

3. Foreo

Thanks to my favorite subscription box, FabFitFun, I was able to try Foreo’s Luna fof0 skincare device before it hit the market. While Foreo has a line of facial brushes, this smart brush creates a customized cleansing routine and comes with it’s own app!

The sensor on the back of the brush analyzes my cheeks, nose and forehead to determine my skin’s moisture levels, sensitivity, and age. From there, the brush knows the amount of pressure and time that’s best for cleansing each part of my face. That sounds futuristic, but it’s actually really easy to use and only takes me one minute to wash.

I’m picky about my skincare regime, but this little tool is a real game changer and perfect for all skin types.

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Find Foreo For You app in Google Play

Find Foreo App in The App Store

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4. Calm

I’ve tried a couple of different meditation and mindfulness apps. Calm is by far the best in my opinion. While they really encourage users to benefit from their premium annual membership for more content, there are plenty of guided meditations available for free. Other gems include music from focus beats to nature melodies, a sleep story set in the French lavender fields of Provence, narrated by the one and only Stephen Fry and masterclasses by doctors and best selling authors (included Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love.) Yes, please! No worries if meditation is new. There is a guided meditation specifically for beginners.

This app has completely changed my opinion of meditation for the better!

Find Calm in Google Play

Find Calm in The App Store

5. Moodpath

If you suspect you’re experiencing episodes of depression and/or anxiety, this app may help you learn more and  motivate you to take the next steps to improving your mental health.

‘Moodpath is an interactive depression and anxiety screening program. It tracks your psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing and generates a personalized mental health assessment that you can discuss with therapists.’

Basically, Moodpath checks in three times a day (morning, noon and night) with a series of questions for 14 days- the period of time needed to show signs of depression/anxiety to qualify as an episode. This is an app, not a doctor and they acknowledge this. Like anything, it’s what you make of it.

Reviewing my mental health in the morning is especially important to me because we feel different at different times of the day. Even when I feel in perfect mental health, I track my progress to keep up with my patterns.

This app has definitely made me more aware of what triggers moments of depression and anxiety. It’s brought me peace knowing that feelings can often be calculated by surroundings and are not a mysterious, random occurrence. We can’t control our feelings, but we can often control our environment.

With plenty of resources, this app has broadened my knowledge of mental health in a way that isn’t so daunting! It has turned what our society pegs as a stigma into a normal and necessary responsibility for me.

Check out Moodpath it Google Play

Check out Moodpath in The App Store

6. Fitbit

You’re likely familiar with Fitbit! One of the reasons I love mine is that it tracks my sleep. I like knowing how much REM sleep I receive and how many times I wake up during the night. Of course, Fitbit does so much more than that. I like that I can log a yoga session into the app and watch my heart rate on the wristband. Even if you don’t have the tracker, you can still log your workouts, weight loss, and meals. Ladies may even track their cycles.

This is my favorite all-in-one fitness tracking app.

Check out the Fitbit app in Google Play

Check out Fitbit in The App Store

7. The Flow

I still prefer a separate app for tracking my periods. My new favorite is called “The Flow” which, I know is super original, right? Alright, I’ll curb my sarcasm because this little app is wonderful.

First, I like that it’s simple. Everything is right there when the app is opened and has a sleek, straight forward design.

It also has ‘positive feature tracking’ so periods feel like less of a problem and more so something to be embraced, even grateful for. Based on data entered, the app even tracks the rise and fall of estrogen and progesterone in a graph. The nerd in me lost it.

My favorite feature is the tips for each phase of the cycle. It recommends yoga/running exercises, meditation, includes tips for moms, tips for sex, and even a section for men. Yup, men are encouraged to download the app to better understand the women in their life. Also, the app has the option to create multiple accounts. I can theoretically track all my friends. This is great if you live with women.

Another huge plus is there’s a place to log temperature and weight. This is key to knowing exactly which day of the cycle we’re on. {PSA: It’s so precise that it’s possible to use temperature as a natural birth control. If that just blew your mind, definitely check out Natural Cycles to learn more.}

Quick thoughts on other period tracking apps…

I have used A LOT OF THEM. Usually, I’ll move along pretty quickly, however, this app offers everything a girl needs and no more. Perfection.

An app I used for a long time is Eve, the “Cosmo of period trackers”. Once I did more research into women’s cycle health, I found a lot of the information in the app to be misleading or inaccurate. On top of that, it made me feel like my period was a curse which took a toll on my health. Read more about how mindfulness has affected my period here.

Find our more about The Flow here.

Find it in The App Store.

What’s an app you use to optimize your health? Comment below, I’d love to check it out!

Have a lovely Thursday, dears!

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Mary Caitlin

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This blog post contains affiliate links. If you use them, I might get a highfive or even a commission to support my juicing habit (at no extra cost to you). Discount codes are shared when possible and I only recommend tools that I personally use and love as I have the reader's best interests at heart.

2 Comments

  1. August 5, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    Your blog posts are always my favorite to read because you share so much good information! I like the idea of using technology in our morning routines in a positive way. I’ve never heard of any of these apps before, but Fabulous, Calm, and Flow all sound like ones I would love and benefit from using.

  2. August 11, 2018 / 2:24 am

    Hi, Kara. This honestly made my day! Nothing pleases me more than knowing that something I shared has helped a reader. It’s the little things that often count the most and these apps have encouraged me to improve a lot! I’d love to know your thoughts if you use any of them. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read.

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