Technology plays a big role in the lives of modern employees. Phone apps help people stay organized, manage their work-life balance, get connected with friends and family and work more efficiently in the office. It should come as no surprise then that technology can also be used to improve employee fitness and wellness. In the past several years, a variety of fitness and wellness apps have been released for consumer consumption. In this post, we’ll talk about some of our favorite apps and discuss the best ways to share these apps with your employees.
5 Apps that Can Improve Employee Wellness
- CycleCast: Like a spin class in your phone, CycleCast provides the instructor, class length and playlist for each user’s spin exercise sessions. If your office has a built-in gym, the CycleCast app will provide motivation and structure for employees who want to make the most of their time on the exercise bike.
- MyFitnessPal: This clever app helps users determine whether or not they’re burning as many calories as they’re consuming. Every meal is entered into the app and the calories are calculated accordingly. Using MyFitnessPal, users can start to get a sense of how much exercise they need in order to maintain a healthy body weight.
- Pocket Yoga: Yoga is good for the mind as well as the body. With all the stretches that yoga entails, many people have a hard time participating in yoga on their own without having a leader show them what to do. The Pocket Yoga app shows users how to do stretches and allows users to track their progress. Pocket Yoga is a helpful tool for employees who want to engage in yoga in their free time while on lunch or break.
- BurnThis: BurnThis connects people as they try to live healthy lifestyles and meet wellness goals. BurnThis is enables users to share photos, recipes, inspirational messages and stories about personal wellness and fitness. This network of people can help your employees get the support they need in order to keep up strenuous levels of physical activity.
- RunSocial: Users of this unique app will see videos of different settings and avatars of other users as they run. This virtual reality app turns running into a social experience while also tracking speed, distance and pace. People who use RunSocial can watch their own progress, which is motivational as well as informational.
Spreading the word about fitness and wellness apps can be a challenge. Try featuring app reviews in the employee wellness newsletter, on your employee Intranet and in handouts at the HR office. Telling employees about the options can help them determine which apps will be helpful for them and may also encourage your employees to seek out more apps on their own.
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