These days you can track just about everything. We’ve become obsessed with how many calories we’ve both consumed and used and how many steps we’ve taken.
Alarmingly, according to the health stats on my i-phone (which I have to admit is normally sat on my desk most of the day or in one of my many handbags whilst I’m scurrying hither and thither) I only did 218 steps yesterday but I managed 2h 10 minutes of workout activity and burnt 621 calories. Yup – go figure! I think Franco does more steps than that in his sleep! Let’s just say he has very active legs and seems to play a game of football most nights.
Tech can play a vital and important role though in keeping us active and healthy and as this is indeed the digital age, even for numpties like me who still predominantly use their phone to make calls, I thought I’d introduce you to just some of the apps that I am currently using.
First up, tracking your water intake.
Water is CRUCIAL for just about everything but especially for firing up the old metabolism which is handy when you get older and everything is just well, a bit more sluggish. Those giant water bottles are great but my mouth is too small for the huge opening at the top plus they’re actually fairly heavy when full so with my trapped nerves I normally end up pouring more water down myself than in my gob! They are a great way though of making sure you really do get your 2-3 litres of water a day.
There’s a cute little free app that’s a great reminder to drink more water. It’s called Plant Nanny and it basically reminds you to drink more water by helping you keep your virtual plants alive and flourishing. Given that all the flowers in my house are actually artificial from Tides in Brentwood (they do some really stunning displays) this is the only plant I’m likely to keep alive!
Next up, money manifestation
By far and away my absolute favourite app designed to get you in an abundance mindset, the theory being that you attract more of what you focus on, which in my case would seem to be shoes, handbags and expensive jewellery. It’s called the The Secret to Money app! I bought an Audi R8 yesterday and on last check I had £400,000 accumulated in my savings deposit towards a house! Still need couple more £100k if I've going to buy anywhere around Brentwood.
I’ve bought stuff for EVERYONE with this app. You have all benefited at some point! I’ve set up trust funds for my niece and nephew, bought a gold Rolex and a Mercedes for my Dad, paid for a 5 star trip to Hawaii for my Mum and had a shopping spree in Selfridges almost every weekend with pretty much all my fabfit girlfriends. Franco is set up in business as football agent and my favourite charities have all benefited from my virtual wealth.
Download and add this app to your phone and get yourself into the daily practice of gratitude and magnetizing wealth. And yes, spending virtual money on all your nearest and dearest and planning out how you are going to treat them really does make you feel happy.
I can’t do a fabfit blog without mentioning a fitness and meditation app that I’m currently using.
Since my injuries last year I’ve been trying to take it down a notch and do more yoga and meditation. So far I’ve managed to be pretty consistent with both and feeling 100% better for it. At the moment I’m using the Daily Yoga app.
It has a great Deep Sleep Meditation – only 15 mins long – which I’m yet to hear the end of! Given that I’ve had insomnia for about 7 years and consistently woken up at 3am, the fact that I am sleeping all the way through uninterrupted is nothing short of a miracle. It’s taught by Giovanni Dienstamm and starts with a full body scan (that much I can remember) before guiding you into a heavy, quiet and motionless state. Like a mountain (listen to the app and you’ll know what I’m talking about). For sure it’s helping me to sleep deeply and soundly and to get up earlier feeling more refreshed and ready to crack on with the day ahead.
There are also lots of different Yoga and Pilates based individual sessions or programmes that you can follow. I’m currently doing the Heart Opening Backbend series which I’m finding quite challenging due to the lack of mobility in my right shoulder and also the 14 Day Abs Challenge. Cos let’s face it, who doesn’t want to have better abs!
Finally a business app I use for planning out my instagram feed
Planoly is visual planner and scheduler for your Instagram feed allowing you to lay out all your pics, create themed #’s for them and analyse responsiveness. Do people really like pictures of my bum or pictures of my food the best?? You can also manage your stories as well as your feed (stories are a more personal and instanteous way of connecting with your followers which I've yet to properly grasp) and it’s just all round a really handy tool for planning ahead.
I love it. If you’re interested in taking your own Instagram feed up a professional notch, use my referral code below and sign up for yourself.