My husband is an app-hole. He has 83 apps on his phone. He tries to disguise his app addiction by organizing his phone so that all his apps are in one tiny box at the bottom of his home screen. When you pick up his phone, it looks like everything is on one screen; however, upon further investigation, you will find pages and pages of apps hiding in his phone.
I, on the other hand, am an app-hater. I view my phone like a closet. If you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it. Apps are the same way. You can’t possibly use 57 apps consistently so why have them taking up space? My home screen is the only page that exists on my iPhone and the only box I have created to store extra apps in is one I’ve labeled “Apple Crap”. It is undeletable stuff that came on the phone.
Because I am an app-hater, I have mad street cred when it comes to recommending apps. I only use the best, most effective, life changing apps. So, here are my two recommendations for apps that you can not live without.
Tabata. A Tabata workout is a high intensity interval training workout that is typically done in four minute segments. You choose one exercise and do it for four minutes: 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest. I love this app because it doesn’t matter where you are, or what level of fitness you are at, you can get an amazing workout. You can set the app to do as many four minute rounds as you want. You don’t need any equipment to exercise. For example, you could do four minutes of jump rope, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, air squats, lunges, push ups, or planks. You also get to rest every 20 seconds, which makes it seem easier to get through a set. And, if your fitness level isn’t great, you can start with one four minute round and work up. When I use the Tabata app, I choose five exercises and set it for 20 minutes. After every four minute Tabata, I sprint half a mile. It’s a killer workout.
Headspace. Meditation is all the rage right now. I struggle to be still, physically and mentally. Mark started meditating in the mornings some time ago and has encouraged me to try it for quite awhile. He recommended Headspace to help me get started (maybe all of his downloading pays off from time to time). It has made me view mediation in a much different way. It’s not the “ommmm” kind of thing that I used to think it was. It is just about quieting your mind and being able to have control over being present. The other great thing about this app is that it is guided meditation. So you aren’t just sitting in quiet and stillness for an undetermined amount of time. Each day you get tips and you are able to practice. The time increases, but not every time you use it, so the time intervals go up very slowly. For example, I have done it for six days and am up to three minutes. Three very manageable minutes.
If you are going to download any more apps, or are cleaning out your apps to make room for new more usable apps, these are the two I would recommend. #gonngetit2018