It’s the end of February… how’s that 2017 Resolution going? Mine, it’s been a bit of a bumpy ride with lots of effort and some progress. The big bumps can really have me thinking about ditching the resolution completely. If you’re in the same boat, we have yogic advice and technology to come to the rescue and help you (and me!) persist.
Last week, Brand Ambassador Leslie wrote about how to make positive changes in life and how to reframe them to have lasting and positive effect. Now we have some great technology apps to help you stay on track with those resolutions. Paige Johnson, a self-described fitness “nerd” from Learn Fit, provides 5 valuable smartphone fitness apps – – check it out below!
5 Apps to Help You Stick to your Fitness Resolutions
If you find yourself giving up your New Year’s resolutions just a few weeks (or even days) into the year, technology can play a big role in motivating you to persevere. Try using your smartphone to download the right apps and give yourself an increased likelihood of becoming healthier, slimmer, smarter or richer by the time December comes.
Technology has completely taken over our lives today—from smartphones to robots, gadgets are everywhere you can see. There will always be a debate about the pros and cons of these devices, but you can use your smartphones to keep you on track with your New Year’s resolutions. This is where app stores come in—there is no dearth of applications today to do just about anything you can think about, and monitoring your fitness levels figures somewhere close to the top. In fact, a 2015 study found that 58% of smartphone users downloaded health apps. There are too many choices out there, so we have listed five of the best ones that will help you stick to your fitness resolutions this year.
Goals in Google Calendar
A more recent addition to the app world, Google goals are something that you can create on your phone’s Google Calendar app. For those using it specifically for fitness-related goals, you can connect it to Google Fit. You can add any goal you want, and the app will do the work of finding the best-suited time on your calendar for the goal. Moreover, Calendar will automatically reschedule a goal if it overlaps with another event. Basically, the app does all the planning; all you need to do is get moving to reach your goal. You can download the Google Calendar app on both iOS and Android devices, so start creating your goals today.
Map My Fitness
This is another free app for both Android and iPhone users and features built-in GPS to help users log outdoor activity statistics. It lets you keep track of hundreds of activities and your diet as well as share your progress with friends. If you are looking for a comprehensive fitness app, Map My Fitness is the one to download. There are more than 70 million routes you can choose from, and you also get real-time feedback in addition to statistics like distance covered, pace, and the number of calories burned.
If you want to make a buck while getting fit, Rover.com’s dog boarding app makes it easy for you to get dog walking or pet sitting clients with just a few screen taps. Working with animals will keep you active, which will be a great help in meeting your fitness goals, and it’s also been proven to boost mental health, so you’ll be getting fit while feeling great and making a little cash on the side. What could be better than that?
Designed for beginners and experienced athletes alike, Keelo features high-intensity workouts by certified health coaches that can be performed at the gym or even at home, so no more excuses about not having a gym membership, as you have full-body workouts that will take you no more than 20 minutes. You can also filter exercises according to the equipment you have available. Keelo is available for iOS devices and works great with an Apple Watch. You can download it for free!
If you wish to start eating healthy but keep racking your brains to find the right meals, downloading this free Android app is all you need to do. Diet Plan offers you a personalized fitness plan based on your goals and body type. Weight and activity trackers, motivational tips, and budget-suitable recipe suggestions are some additional features of this innovative app.
If forming good habits is your new year’s resolution, Streaks will help you stick to it. You can start with the app’s built-in tasks or create up to six customized ones and set reminders to make your physical activities a habit. If you break the streak, it will automatically reset to zero days. This is a free app, but currently available only for iPhone.
We’d love to hear what you think and what your biggest challenge to achieving your 2017 goals is so far, so please sound off in the comments!