An app a day…
An app a day…

Fitting some exercise into your regular routine helps you manage your weight and supports your overall health. And taking some time out to slow down, regroup and settle that busy, buzzing mind can do wonders for your physical and psychological wellbeing. But how can a modern mum find the minutes in the day to tick off those two very important tasks? Just Another Mother blogger, Rowena Newman, believes she may have found some handy apps to help her meet the challenge. 

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This year I’ve set myself two personal goals. Now that my oldest child is at school, I want to reclaim the fitness I had before motherhood. And I want to find some time in the day to restore myself after the long hours spent managing work responsibilities and family responsibilities. 

As a working mum, I’ll take any help I can get! And I think I may have found it with these two smartphone apps.

Couch-to-5K plan
This nine-week online training program is designed to help absolute beginners and lapsed runners like me get up to speed for running. The idea is that you run three times each week, starting with a high ratio of walking to running during each 30-minute session, until you can eventually run the whole way. Throughout the sessions, the voice of a lovely and very helpful lady gives you instructions on when to run and when to slow down and when to stretch and so on. Using a program like this will help you avoid one of the biggest mistakes that novice runners make: going too hard, too soon. To access the online running plan, go to active.com or download the Couch-to-5K app from iTunes

Relaxation MindTraining Lite 
Stress can affect your health, even when you don’t realise it. Headaches, insomnia, fatigue, muscle tension, anxiety, overeating, depression… all of these and more can be symptoms of stress. What’s worse, stress that’s left unchecked can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Relaxation MindTraining Lite is an app (available on iTunes) that can guide you through a 12-minute relaxation exercise. I call it my ‘recovery time’ because it gives me the calm and the perspective I need to get through the next big day as a working mum. And I try to do it with my kids, too, because the ability to slow down and reflect is a valuable skill for them to learn.