Useful Health and Fitness Apps for a Balanced Life

Article by Richa Shah

High school students often find themselves drowning in a sea of high expectations from parents and teachers, whether it concerns academics or sports. Although our Bearcats are best known for the balance that they have between work and well-being, ISM’s demanding curriculum can get a lot harder to handle at times, especially for those who are committed enough to pull all-nighters to maintain an exemplary academic performance. Prioritizing school over your mental and physical health can be unhealthy for you, as it can lead to which is why it is important to fit more exercise or some sort of meditation into your busy schedule. Here is a list of four convenient and entertaining apps that will not only make you want to hit the gym but also de-stress more often!



  • Nike Training Club


Nike Training Club, also known as NTC, is an ISM favorite as it is used by students, teachers, and coaches throughout the school. The NTC app consists of over 100 different workouts led by fitness experts, as well as the option to manually create your very own workout plan. You can also easily download NTC from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) onto your phone for free!


Price: Free



  • Sweat: Kayla Itsines Fitness


Sweat, by Kayla Itsines, an Australian personal trainer, contains workout and meal-planning guides and can be downloaded on both Apple and Android devices. The workouts are briefly explained through short demos, making them much more doable. Furthermore, these quick yet effective exercises can be done even when students do not have a lot of time. Although the free trial lasts only 7 days, its convenience makes it a must-have.

Price: $19.99 per month, $54.99 every 3 months



  • Calm: Meditation to Relax, Sleep, Relieve Anxiety and Lower Stress


The Calm app leans more towards meditation and relaxation as it focuses on reducing stress levels. The aesthetically-pleasing app either plays peaceful sounds of nature or white noise as a method of calming down. Although the app offers different types of membership plans, the free version consists of more than enough relaxing sounds to help calm you down and sleep better. The Calm app may seem ordinary at first, however here’s the catch – you can also enjoy these features on your computer! So, download the app on your phones or save the website on your computer and take a short mental break from all the work that you have to complete!


Price: Free (monthly subscriptions available)



  • Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock


Sleep Cycle is an advanced alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and provides a report each morning. Sleep Cycle is extremely helpful because it shows how students should improve their sleeping habits in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle through a summary of the total sleeping hours, heart rate, and the overall quality of sleep. You can find the app on both the App Store and Google Play!


Price: Free


When you are stressed out and feel like you have no time to focus on yourself, turn to these apps because they will help you keep a consistent fitness plan. Always remember to look after your health and fitness along with prioritizing schoolwork so that you feel much more relaxed and confident!