Health and wellbeing – physical, emotional, mental – is not one-size-fits-all. You have different needs from the next woman and the one after that. The web, however, caters to everyone. Whether you’re in need of a simple tune-up or an all-new health routine, our list of the very best health and wellness websites has you covered. From fitness to relationships to nutrition to the mind, keep reading for our top sites.
I Quit Sugar
When Australian-based journalist Sarah Wilson quit eating sugar in 2011, it changed her life. She chronicled her journey in a blog, which soon turned into I Quit Sugar, a multimedia brand. The good news: You don’t have to quit sugar to enjoy the website. The site features healthy, delicious recipes; before and after stories; fun facts and research, and links to the I Quit Sugar books. If you are looking to rethink your diet and nutrition habits, I Quit Sugar is an easy and accessible place to start.
Category: Diet and nutrition
The NY Times / Well
Leave it to the New York Times to turn a wellness blog into a daily must-read website. Over at Well, there is something for everyone: bite-sized stories, in-depth guides, answers to the questions you’re always asking, articles you never knew you needed. And the topic? They’re endless. Well covers everything from diet to fitness to relationships to mindfulness. Our favourite? Every Friday, Well publishes a quiz that tests your prowess on the latest health and wellness research, at the same time informing you on everything you’ve missed.
Category: General wellness
Professional writer Gretchen Rubin was on a New York bus one day when she realised, though she wasn’t unhappy, she could be happier. She began a year-long deep-dive into increasing her happiness, which spurred a movement. Her blog tracks the daily pursuit of happiness and healthy habits via lists, interesting research, and general musings. (You’ll also find links to her podcast and books.) The best part? Rubin’s advice is accessible and unfussy. You won’t notice you’re changing your life until you’re halfway there.
Studies have found meditation can have a positive impact on everything from how you deal with stress to your relationships. In other words, meditation will change your life for the better. Sold? Well, whether you’re a newbie or a pro, Headspace is the place to start. Using your preferred device (computer, tablet, phone), you can tune into meditation sessions tailored to your needs. If you’re a beginner, the Foundation course will teach you the ins-and-outs of daily meditation. If you’re seasoned, you can take sessions on health, creativity and more.
Consider yourself forewarned. When The Huffington Post founder Arianne Huffington published Thrive in 2014 and The Sleep Revolution in 2016, she didn’t just want to write about work/life balance. She wanted to start a wellness revolution. Thrive Global, set to launch later in 2016, will be a science-based platform dedicated to reducing stress and burnout. The site will have three initial offerings. Up first, content on healthy living. Next, commerce – think candles and supplements. Finally, technology devoted to helping Thrive’s consumers find balance in this modern digital world. Get ready.
Category: Work/life balance
It’s so important to look after our mental health, yet we often place our mental health last on our list. That’s where Lantern fits in. Lantern devotes itself to strengthening and supporting the emotional wellbeing of its users. To start, you’ll take a quiz that ascertains the areas you feel need work: sleep, anxiety, relationships, mood, etc. Then, Lantern will match you with a professional coach and supply you with daily exercises to start you on your journey. Lantern tailors every aspect of their plans to the individual user, which makes it a no-brainer for anyone looking for a mental tune-up.
Category: Mental health
MindBodyGreen bills itself as a lifestyle brand devoted to supporting you mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and environmentally. To say the site delivers would be an understatement. Here, you’ll find user-friendly articles on everything from yoga poses to face masks (made from parsley, natch). While there’s an enormous amount of free content, you can also take MindBodyGreen’s offerings a step further by enrolling in an online class or participating in their annual conference, Revitalize. In other words, everything you need to elevate your life is right at your fingertips.
Category: General wellness
It’s the little things, right? That’s the philosophy of Tiny Buddha, at least. Here, you’ll find articles conveying simple wisdom on everything from relationships to health to your career. The difference with Tiny Buddha, though, is that each story will teach you how to apply the wisdom to your life. You’ll find practical tips, tricks, and hacks that will help you bring a sense of peace and ease to your life. And the best part? The advice comes from readers all around the globe. Think of it as the secret to happiness – via crowdsourcing.
For cold, hard advice on love, sex and relationships, one guy does it best: Dan Savage, the founder of the Savage Love advice column, the Savage Love podcast and the It Gets Better Project. Savage has been writing about relationships since the early 90s, earning plenty of praise and causing plenty of controversy along the way. Why, you ask? Savage takes a no-holds-barred approach when offering up guidance. Think: the truth hurts, but the truth will also set you free. Stop in at Savage Love regularly, but write in at your own risk.
Category: Sex, love and relationships
When you’re in the mood for a little motivation, there is no better place on the web than TED.com. The TED motto is simple: ideas worth spreading. Accordingly, you’ll find videos on everything – from hunting for dinosaurs to the beauty of human skin in every colour. The people who give TED Talks are movers and shakers, with big ideas that could change the world. They can also change your life a minute or two at a time – if you let them. Trust us: when you need that a spark, something to tell you that dreaming big is okay, TED is the place.
Think about how many minutes you waste a day on mindless tasks? Lifehack is here to change that. Here, you’ll discover all the different ways you can hack your life and change it for the better. For those short on time, Lifehack has productivity tips to burn. For those short on money, there are money saving tricks. The list is endless. The cherry on top, though, is the goals section. Lifehack helps you pick attainable life goals and then provides you with the content you need to achieve these aims. Go forth and prosper.
Fit Bottomed Girls
Fitness is a personal thing – and the three founders of Fit Bottomed Girls know that. The cheekily-named site promotes a super-healthy attitude towards fitness. You won’t find fussy diet tips or taxing workout routines here. Instead, it’s about having a fun-loving approach to improving your life through physical activity and healthy eating. The site is endlessly humorous, personal and charming. The cherry on top? Fit Bottomed Girls has three sub-sites. Fit Bottomed Mamas is for mothers. Fit Bottomed Eats features recipes and nutritional info. Last, but by no means least, Fit Bottomed Zen is all about mindfulness.
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Time.com / Health
How many times have you turned to Google to find the answers to a particular health woe? Is sitting at my desk all day safe? Will turmeric help my pain problems? We all do it. Happily, Time.com’s Health sub-section, more often than not, has the answer. Topics here include medicine, diet, mental health, etc. There’s even a vertical titled “Should I eat this?” Whether you have a weird and wonderful query, or you just love hearing about the nitty-gritty in medical research, this is your place. Trust.
Category: General wellness
Talking to a therapist can be one of the healthiest, most beneficial things you’ll ever do. Now imagine you could have a therapist –- an affordable therapist – on hand at all times. That’s what Talkspace brings to the web. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can chat – confidentially and anonymously – with a qualified therapist just by touching a button. Talkspace will match you with a plan and a therapist that suits your needs, and forget appointments; you can start immediately. Bonus: If your relationship is in a rut, Talkspace also offers online couples therapy.
Category: Mental health