Helping You Find Healthy

In these days of 24 hour living, working and having fun, it can be hard to know how to get a balanced lifestyle.  I know I’ve struggled in the past to get a balance, but although I now have 4 jobs (!!) I’m finally finding that I’m settling down into a nice way of life with plenty of work, rest and play.

I was looking about online for some online resources which might help me to be healthy and balance everything out and came across this  Bupa page.  It’s full of tips, information, Bupa content and Bupa apps to help you be healthy and get what you want from life.

There’s a good Running Programme app, an Exercise: Getting Started app, a Fitness app, a Running Health Check app, an Improve Your Running Technique app and an Injury Prevention and Recovery app, and many many more apps. 🙂  There are 37 apps in all!

I say apps, but it’s just sections or tools with loads of information on all sorts of things to do with being healthy and feeling great.

They’re sorted into the following sections:

  • All
  • Most Popular
  • Health Assessments
  • Get Active
  • Late Life
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Healthy Mind
  • Healthy Body

There’s so much information on it, it’s actually hard to know where to start! 🙂  Good effort from Bupa – lots of information to help us be fit, healthy and active.

Already a runner? Try this app:


I took a look at the Smart Runner App.  It’s pretty cool.  You download it to your phone, and it can help runners of all abilities add fun and varieties to their running routines.  The app allows you to replace one of your normal runs with a ‘smart run’, a randomised running workout.  Who needs a personal trainer?  There are three ‘smart runs’ to choose from: hill runs, sprint runs and cross training runs.

You choose the length of your workout, select your ability level and let the audio guide lead you through a new workout.  And you can sync the app with your iTunes library to create your own personalised playlists to run to. 🙂  It looks like a really motivational app.

Or are you just starting to exercise or a beginner at running? Try these ones:


A really good getting started guide which includes information on how much exercise is enough, where to start, what to do, setting goals, sticking with it and how to get up and exercising.


This one is more of a massive information point than an actual app you can use on your phone.  It gives beginners a wealth of knowledge from how to start, the benefits of running, top 10 tips, kit & equipment, training for running, injury prevention and recovery and events preparation.  There’s so much information it’s hard to know where to start!


And here’s a pretty clever little thing… a training programme app… you can find a training programme to suit your ability and goals.  From Walk to run, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.  Give it a try if you want to find a training programme for a specific event or distance.

What do you think?  Have you used any of the Bupa apps, or do you think you might?  I need to spend some more time looking at them to see what I can gain from them.

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