Analyse your day and improve how you feel
By examining a few key habits of your everyday life and comparing them to your daily happiness you can improve your well-being. Simply try to reach the small number of goals in this app each day and you'll be feeling better in no time.
Enter your data into the LiveRite app as you go through your day and you can see how your daily habits are effecting how you feel.
Below outlines what you need to do to get the most from this app.
Get your 5-a-day
We've all been told by our doctors, teachers and grandmothers that we should eat 5 items of fruit and vegetables a day. This is not significant to some and a major effort for others.
Research tells us that eating fruit and vegetables regularly is associated with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, cateracts, stroke and may also prevent us from contracting other chronic diseases (Liu, 2003).
The LiveRite app allows you to keep track of whether you're getting your greens. Each day tap one of the 5 fruit & veg icons as you eat them.
8 Glasses of water
Drinking 8 glasses of water a day is another of those time-honored nuggets of advice that we've all come across again and again.
Most health authorities recommend we drink approximately 8 glasses a day and research tells us that those who keep well hydrated are more likely to demonsrate better performance both physially and mentally (Grandjean & Bartram, 2011).
It's extremely important to keep hydrated throughout the day so tick-off each glass on the LiveRite app as you go through your day.
3 square meals
Our busy lifestyles have led us to neglect our 3 meals a day mantra. Breakfast, our most important meal of the day tends to get skipped for a coffee or a cereal bar. Research shows that those who have breakfast every day are less likely to be overweight than those who skip their breakfast (Horikawa et al., 2011).
Likewise the last thing many of us want to do at the end of a hard days work is cook a dinner for ourselves and so more often than not we revert to faster, less healthy options.
Set yourself the goal of having three square meals a day and you will feel the better for it.
8 hours sleep
Science tells us that on average we should get about 8 hours of sleep each night in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally.
People who get the right amount of sleep are less likely to be obese (Strine & Chapman, 2004) or to be at risk of obesity (Patel & Hu, 2008). What's more, those who get the recommended amount of sleep are less likely to report frequent physical distress, frequent mental distress, depressive symptoms, anxiety and pain (Strine & Chapman, 2004).
Each morning enter the amount of hours you slept to track how it is effecting your day.
The general consensus tends to be that we should get 30 minutes exercise each day. This doesn't have to be a spinning class or a gym workout but we should all make the effort to go at the very least for a thirty minute walk each day.
Engaging in regular physical activity can reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and osteoporosis (Colditz & Ryan, 2008).
With the LiveRite app you can really improve your weekly exercise by realising exactly how much exercise you have been getting. Even a small improvement will have vast health benefits so start tracking your exercise today.
It is very important to our overall well-being that we are socially active.
Research shows that our social wellbeing impacts on both our mental health and our physical health (Whitelaw, Swift & Scobie, 2010). People who experienced social engagement and social interaction more frequently are likely to be in better general health (Fiorillo & Sabatini, 2011).
In addition those who engage in social activities on a more regular basis are less likely to experience anxious or depressed moods (Fothergill et al., 2010).
How happy were you today?
At the end of each day after you have filled in the above categories enter on a scale of one to ten how happy you felt that day. After a number of days using the app you will see that the days that you ate better, slept better and exercised more were the days that you felt at your best.
We know it's not rocket science, LiveRite simply encourages you to be healthier by showing you exactly how you have been treating your body and mind each day, and provides simple goals for you to improve. Easy to understand graphics will show you that your happiness indicator increases as you treat your body better.