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The Check-Up: 5 health and wellbeing apps that are actually worth trying

1. OMGYES

Who likes orgasms? OMGYES is basically the Oprah of sexual pleasure. You get an orgasm! You get an orgasm! You get an orgasm! EVERYBODY GETS AN ORGASM!

OMGYES is a website designed to help women figure out what gets them off. It’s an educational tool that will give even the most seasoned orgasmer new tricks.

With all the fear and anxiety around female sexuality, OMGYES might just be the most important wellbeing app (well, it’s technically a website – you won’t find it in the App Store, which… read into that what you will) out there. It features a bunch of videos of women talking about how they orgasm and even, if you’re using the site on an iPad, interactive tools so you can try the techniques yourself. Which means, yes… stimulating a digital vagina. It sounds pretty weird, but it’s actually surprisingly not creepy, and it’s all in the name of better sexual experiences.

Who doesn’t want those?!

2. Zombies, Run!

Running is kind of daunting. Most of us have horrible memories of the activity that probably stem from being forced to run the cross country in gale force winds and driving rain while we had period cramps and staggering past all the other kids who had already finished to get to the finish line including, wouldn’t you just know it, the hottest kid in the year who we had a secret crush on who then would no doubt see the image of our red, blotchy face and mud splattered legs every time they looked at us FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES.

I mean… I’m totally over it. No lasting damage done whatsoever.

If you have similar horror stories, I have just the thing for you: a NEW horror story that you’ll actually enjoy.

Zombies, Run! is an app that simulates a zombie apocalypse. The basic idea is that you’re running away from zombies and picking up supplies to survive the invasion of the walking dead as you go. As the promotional spiel says, “Every run becomes a mission where you’re the hero, with our immersive audio drama putting you at the centre of your very own zombie adventure story.”

Certainly sounds better than a walk-jog-die in your PE gear in the middle of winter.

3. Smiling Mind

We’ve all heard that meditation is supposed to be good for us, but if you’re anything like me, the idea of sitting quietly with my noisy ass brain and its constant stressful thoughts might sound a little bit, I dunno, not peaceful?

I spent years thinking that meditation was some weird hippy shit that sounded pretty torturous, then I tried Smiling Mind and discovered that meditation is kind of soothing. Who knew? I mean, certainly no one had been saying that for thousands of years.

Smiling Mind makes meditation easy, even for doubtful newbies who’ve been baselessly shading the practice for years (me). It takes you through a series of guided meditations that are short and engaging and even has different types of meditations for things like exam stress and playing sport.

There’s also Headspace, which is similarly good, but the guy who leads the meditations sounds like my ex. So yeah. Not peaceful. Can happily report the guy on Smiling Mind does not.

4. J&J Official 7 Minute Workout

Life is busy. So busy that trying to find time to get active can be difficult. Which is where the J&J Official 7 Minute Workout comes in.

Developed for Johnson & Johnson by a guy called Chris Jordan, who has a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology and has worked with the US Air Force as a fitness program consultant, the 7 Minute Workout is designed to make it possible to exercise anytime, anywhere, as long as you have 7 minutes to spare. It is science-based and pretty easy to use, so it’s a good option for a quick endorphin boost.

5. Bumble

While technically not a health and wellbeing app, Bumble deserves to be included in this list for the disasters it can prevent.

Bumble is like Tinder, but less likely to cause women who date men to want to stab themselves in the eyeball out of frustration. The dating app was created by a woman (Whitney Wolfe) who, coincidentally, was one of the co-founders of Tinder, but after filing a lawsuit against the company for sexual harassment – which was settled out of court – she started a new dating app which is just frankly way better.

What sets Bumble apart is that only women can start the conversation. That means that there’s no need to freak out when that guy you forgot you swiped right on when you were drunk who had a picture of him holding a fish starts messaging you incessantly. With Bumble, women set the tone.

Beer-goggle ogled fishermen, be gone!

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