Make an app-ointment with these health aids

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Most of us start the year by vowing to get fitter, slimmer or simply feel better about ourselves, but it can be hard to go it alone.

Gym memberships, personal trainers or therapy sessions can be simply beyond the budget.

It could be time to tune into the power of apps, those handy programmes accessed through your mobile.

Whether you’re having trouble sleeping, want to count the calories or curb your alcohol intake, guidance is at hand.

So make an app-ointment with health and wellbeing and choose from one of these solutions which are either free or cost less than £3.

Digipill – Change Your Mind is free. It claims to use a culmination of 20 years of psychological research to produce carefully designed audio ‘pills’ which help you relax your brain and change your behaviour.

Its fans include actor Stephen Fry, who’s reportedly used the ‘Sleep Deeply’ pill to tackle insomnia.

There’s a range of ‘pills’ on offer to help in areas such as boosting motivation and confidence as well as lowering stress.

It’s available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at

Sleep On It is also free and analyses sleep cycles and patterns, so when you wake, using the app’s alarm clock, you can work out how long and how deeply you really slept.

Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch at

FitBit Activity and Calorie Tracker, is a free addictive app that calculates how active you’ve been during a day, whether you’re going for a jog or running for a bus.

It then tells you how many calories you can consume as a result.

Available on Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch at

Total Relaxation by Darren Marks is £1.99.

Darren Marks, one of the UK’s leading hypnotherapists, offers expert tuition on how to de-stress.

If you don’t fancy watching the additional videos on your phone, just listen to the relaxing sounds.

Avaialble on Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch at and

iDrinkulator is also £1.99.

Help yourself stick to those New Year resolutions of cutting down on alcohol.

The iDrinkulator measures your alcohol unit intake per week, month and year, and even runs up your bar bill by calculating drink costs. That may stop you having ‘just one more glass!’ Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch at

British Military Fitness: My Fitness Instructor costs £2.99. If you need motivation, this virtual session led by an ex-soldier’s voiceover is the one for you.

With hundreds of exercise programmes and a heart rate monitor, it’s as good as going to a boot camp.

Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch at

Home Remedies is free.

If you prefer natural remedies to prescriptions, this handy app offers information on safe alternatives to help cure ailments such as heartburn, hair loss and morning sickness.

Available on Android at

Pts Plus Diary & Scanner, is £1.50. This clever app is very handy for those on a points-based diet.

While on your food shop, you can keep track of your points total with the barcode scanner, and it also features a restaurant database.

Available on Android at

Nike+ Running is free.

Training for a marathon is made (a little bit) easier with this app which maps your runs, tracks your progress and even gives feedback to tell you how well you’re doing.

It also integrates with Facebook and Twitter, if you feel like showing off.

Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch at

BackCare is another free app.

As many as four out of five UK adults have suffered from back pain at some stage in their life.

If you’re one of the unlucky sufferers, you might be able to ease the strain with this.

It includes 22 videos showing simple exercises.

Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch at