Mindfulness apps have hit the mainstream. The world’s two most popular mobile meditation platforms have now grossed a combined $227million in global consumer spending.
It’s a booming industry for a reason. Meditation has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins and increase serotonin levels, which both help to improve mood.
With a growing number of meditation tools hitting the app store, Built for Athletes takes a look at five of the best.
The great thing about Insight Timer is its huge supply of guided exercises (over 19,000) which it bills as the largest free meditation library on earth. It costs nothing to download, or you can subscribe for $5 a month for courses and other extras.
If you don’t want to open your wallet, this is possibly the best option because you can find something new every day.
Another platform that gives you loads of tracks for free. You can opt for the premium package for £9.49 per month if you want to unlock everything, though.
The cool feature of Stop, Breathe & Think is the ‘Check-in’ page where you specify your physical, mental and emotional states. It then offers you a number of guided meditations based on your selections.
Headspace is the second most popular meditation app available and it might be the most accessible for beginners. Its free 10-day course shows you the ropes and basic problems that newbie meditators struggle with.
The issue, though, is that you have to pay £9.99 per month, £74.99 per year or £399.99 per lifetime to get much more than the first introductory sessions.
Meet the most popular meditation app on the planet. This offers a decent selection of tracks for free, although you can pay £35.99 per year to unlock everything.
A nice feature is the selection of bedtime stories, including some read by Stephen Fry.
The only app on our list that doesn’t require a subscription to unlock any of its features. It does, however, cost £4.99 (iOS) or £2.99 (Android) to download.
Buddhify particularly focuses on letting you fit meditation into daily life, boasting a ‘Work Break’ and ‘Travelling’ section.