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5 cool, innovative wellness apps that launched in 2015


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best health appThe iPhone is generally a menace to wellness: messing with your posture, robbing you of shut-eye with its glowy blue light, and allowing you no time for peaceful reflection.

But it can also do some amazing, healthy things.

From making it easy for you to find the nut butter that’s truly best for you to helping you squeeze in a five minute meditation as you settle into a long, uncomfortable flight, there were plenty of brilliant apps with innovative wellness concepts that launched in 2015.

We chose five that really stood out to set you up for a downloadable healthy new year (and yes, there’s even one that will help you finally find your workout soulmate). —Lisa Elaine Held

(Photo: William Iven via Unsplash)

 

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health appsOMG. I Can Meditate!

There are quite a few useful meditation apps out there, and this newcomer is notable for its variety of guided meditations that apply to modern life, in lengths that range from two to 20 minutes.

You can work through a 12-week daily meditation program or choose from a library of options that address inner growth (Positive Self Image, Embracing Change), specific situations (My Boss is a Jerk, Fight with Your Partner), and specific needs (Sport Performance, Chemotherapy). Whichever you land on, you’ll be going deep to the tune of founder Lynne Goldberg’s uber soothing voice, which you can even program to wake you up slowly via an alarm clock feature.

Bonus: OMG just launched a partnership with Delta’s in-flight TV, so when turbulence or a screaming baby strikes, you can click on Relaxing in the Clouds and float away.

(Photo: Facebook/OMG.I can meditate!)

 

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health appsWellcoin

Wellcoin calls itself “the world’s first health currency,” and that basically means it allows you to earn monetary rewards in exchange for your healthy habits, like eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep.

You track your daily wellness activities via a variety of methods, like taking photos of your healthy snacks and then having others on the app “verify” their nutritiousness or linking your Fitbit or Runkeeper stats. Then, you get “Wellcoins” in return, which you can use to purchase items from the app’s Marketplace, like Whole Foods and Sports Authority gift cards, yoga classes, and discounts at retailers like Reebok. It’s basically like credit card points, but you sweat, sleep, and eat well (instead of spending money) to earn them.

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