Ah, spring is in the air, and we all know what that means! No, it’s not about the spring showers folks, but rather, it’s the short time we have before summer’s impending arrival. Knowing that, many people are probably starting right now in getting that beach body ready for those hot summer days down by the shore. Some of us might be bursting full of energy right now trying to get into shape
, but interestingly enough, our smartphones can be our best personal trainers
fit for the undertaking.
From the looks of it, our smartphones seem as though they’re capable of doing almost anything when it comes to benefiting our lives. Frankly, I attribute many of my fitness accomplishments to my smartphone – mainly because I centered my goals around it. Well, it’s not like my smartphone is constantly badgering or “motivating
” me to not eat this, or start doing more of that. Come to think about it, reaching any fitness goal comes from within first and foremost. Meaning, you genuinely want to reach a fitness goal on the inside.
Over the course of the last year, I can vouch tremendously on how smartphones can be used strategically to lose weight
– or merely just reach a specific fitness accomplishment. Ultimately though, it comes down to your own determination, perseverance, and motivation to actually make that change you’ve always wanted. Alrighty folks, so here are 5 ways your smartphone can get you into shape!
5 ways your smartphone can get you into shape
5 ways your smartphone can get you into shape
1. Use apps that allow you to count calories
I’m not a nutritionist, but after watching several infomercials and videos about living a healthy lifestyle, they mention maintaining a daily calorie intake. Personally, I’ve downloaded the app “Lose It,” which is a great tool to use when it comes to counting calories. From being able to set a weight loss goal to inputting the kind of foods I eat on a daily basis, it’s an invaluable tool I make sure to use on a daily basis to maintain my calorie intake.
2. Use an app that measures heart rate for an accurate calorie burn
In many of those calorie counting apps, they have the option to also input how many calories you burn during your workout routines – so you can get an accurate count for your total daily calorie intake. Unfortunately, these calorie counting apps only offer measured amounts. Therefore, it’s a good idea to invest in a heart rate monitor and an accompanying app. In my case, I rely on the Wahoo Fitness app that works in conjunction with the Wahoo Fitness Blue Heart Rate monitor to calculate the amount of calories I’m able to burn during my various workouts.
3. Be social and compete against friends
Working our alone and all by yourself is isolating, which might not particularly help to drive up the motivation. Thankfully, many of the calorie tracking apps out there also feature some sort of social network integration. Sure, you can post how much weight you’ve lost or how far you’ve ran during your workout regimen, but they also allow you to compete against friends – to motivate one another! For example, the myfitnesspal app has a great way in how you can diet with your friends. So essentially, you can track and monitor their progress, so that in the event they’re falling off the wagon, you can “motivate” them back to shape.
4. Get paid to exercise – a good incentive, right?
Underneath it all, you’re focused on losing weight to better your lifestyle, right? In helping to make that transition, there are actually apps out there that pay you to work out! Yes folks, that means there’s an added incentive for you sweat it out on a daily basis. Specifically, you have paid apps such as Gympact that pays you to run or walk! Crazy to imagine, right? Actually, it’s true! Basically, you make a pact with the service to commit to a specific running/walking routine, which is verified via GPS information that’s monitored by RunKeeper – so if you’re not at a gym doing your pledged running/walking routine, it’ll know.
5. Use a smart scale to track your weight daily
Some might argue that checking your weight on a daily basis is a bad thing to do, just because we can be self-conscious at times, but if you’re adamant on sticking to your goals, there shouldn’t be an issue. Nowadays, the weight scale has been transformed into a smart one, just like the Withings Wireless Scale, which not only tells you how much you weigh, but can also provide other relevant health information such as your body mass index. And of course, the accompanying app gets the pertinent data via Bluetooth.