Insurance · 26 July 2016

Eight health and wellbeing apps to support your workforce

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An array of fitness apps make it easier than ever for workers to take control of their health

Monitoring the health habits of your employees would be a huge undertaking. But the latest apps can help people take matters into their own hands and improve their wellbeing.

A healthy workforce is more motivated, committed and productive, so it makes sense for businesses to think about their employees’ wellbeing and how they can support them.

Today, an array of fitness apps makes it easier than ever for people to take control of their health. We’ve rated eight of the best to recommend to your employees. Many are free, others involve a subscription or download fee. Think about whether you could offer this as a staff benefit.

(1) Headspace

The positive effects of mindfulness in the workspace have been recognised by many multinational companies, including Apple and Google. This meditation app offers daily sessions of varying length and packages that focus on health, relationships and more.

(2) Focus Keeper

 Based on a popular time management technique, this app is designed to boost health and concentration, and reduce stress. It encourages frequent breaks by segmenting your working day into 25-minute sections.

(3) Waterlogged

This easy-to-use app reminds people to drink water to avoid dehydration and its effects, such as lack of concentration, headaches and irritability.

(4) Evernote

A useful organisational tool, Evernote files notes, websites, images and to-do lists in one place, and makes them accessible wherever you are. As well as boosting productivity, it’s a good way to organise your thoughts and reduce stress.

(5) SleepBot

This intuitive sleep cycle monitor and alarm records sleep patterns so you can keep track of your night-time habits. The alarm is designed to wake you up during your lightest sleep phase so you start the day as refreshed as possible.

(6) Moodscope

This innovative app is for tracking and recording your state of mind so you can better understand the things that have an impact on your mood. It helps users develop self-awareness and offers daily tips on lifting your spirits.

(7) Nike+ Training Club

This pocket-sized personal trainer has more than 100 workouts, with video guides, step-by-step instructions and audio support.

(8) Runtastic

Count every step you take and track the speed and distance of your walks with this pedometer that can also calculate the number of calories burned.

The health and wellbeing of your employees is crucial to the success of your business. By promoting digital health and fitness resources, you can help empower employees to take control of their own mental and physical wellbeing.

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Hunter Ruthven is the editor of Business Advice. He is also the editor of Real Business, the UK's most-read website for entrepreneurs and business leaders at the helm of growing SMEs. Alongside this, he is part of the team that hosts the Growing Business Awards, First Women Awards and Future 50 initiative. Prior to his role at Real Business, he was editor at competitor website Growth Business and head reporter at M&A Deals. Throughout his career he has interviewed leading entrepreneurs including Alex Chesterman, Lopo Champalimaud, Sarah Wood, James Averdeick and Alex Saint.

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