A few months ago, if you had asked me whether or not I thought caring for a plant on my phone would improve my health, I would have laughed. I didn't know that clicking download in the the app store would be the catalyst to helping me focus more on myself. I have a lot of lifestyle applications on my phone that I loved from day one, but this one took a little longer to grow on me. So, without further ado, I present to you the water-reminder application, Plant Nanny.

The name and the concept itself sounds a bit bizarre, but I can assure you that the results are not. You begin your Plant Nanny journey by picking one of the many adorable plants, choosing a pot and naming your new companion. Then after filling out some information about your height, weight and age, you can begin "watering" your plant with the simple press of a button. Operating on a system of trust, you are basically the owner of a garden on your phone. The more water you drink, the more it grows and the more you become addicted.

Initially, I was forcing myself to drink the designated amount of water, but soon I reached a point where the line between the game and reality blurred. I went from being a skeptic who drank around 1000 mL of water, to a firm believer who drank almost 3000. I began drinking mostly to keep the plant alive, and less for myself. And therein lies the power of the app. The plants are so cute that you can't help but want to help them grow and add more to your collection. The app has found a way to harness the power of sheer cuteness and used it as an incentive to keep us plant nannies hydrated. The creators of this app have strategically distracted us with the various personalization options and detailed storylines of each plant so that we don't realize that we are getting healthy. All we can focus on is having fun, which in my opinion is the best way to get things done whether it's for studying or exercising.  

I'll admit that Plant Nanny-ing isn't for everyone. I have friends who think I've gone mad, and laugh whenever I get excited about a new plant, but at least I'm hydrated. Like I said, it operates on a trust system, so you really need an open mind and the willpower to actually press the button when you've actually drunk something and not to keep your plant from dying. However there is little to stop you from doing so, and like I told my friend when she tried to water my plant herself, "The only loser in this situation would be yourself and your health". With a little determination, your plant pal by your side and a set goal in mind, you'll be well on your way to a well hydrated body and glowing skin. 

~Alexandra


What apps do you use to help you stay healthy?