Technology has made it easier to work out or destress in the comfort of your own home. We have found 8 great apps to help you keep in shape, physically and mentally. All are compatible with Android and Apple devices, and many are free!
Exercise appsDaily Workouts Fitness Trainer: Over 100 simple exercises, from planks and donkey kicks to bicycle crunches. You can choose different 5 to 10-minute targeted workouts, or a 10 to 30-minute randomised full body workout.
7-Minute Workout: A no-equipment, home-based exercise app designed to deliver maximum benefit in the seven minutes.
Aaptiv: An audio-based app with 2 500 trainer-led, music-based workouts in a variety of categories, like running, elliptical, rowing, strength training, stretching, and yoga. 30 new workouts are added each week.
Cost: Free 30-day trial, then R204 per month
Yoga Wake Up: An audio only app guiding you in a short yoga sequence or meditation. You can choose from a variety of slow morning stretches, or more energised sequences.
Cost: R175 per month (free week-long trial)
Meditation appsCalm: Meditations designed to address what you are facing, e.g. anxiety, stress, a desire to break bad habits. Also walking meditations, body scans, masterclasses and sleep stories, one of them by Matthew McConaughey.
Cost: R228 per month (free week-long trial)
Headspace: Meditations and exercises led by Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe, designed to teach you the essentials of meditation and mindfulness.
Cost: R140 per month (free week-long trial)
Smiling Mind: A meditation app developed by psychologists and educators that offers a wide variety of programs for all ages, using mindfulness to boost calmness and wellbeing.
Stop, Think & Breathe: You fill out a quick survey that leads you to a choice of meditations tailored to your needs on that particular day.