Grab some tech to help meet your fitness goals.
Guest post provided by Michelle. See below for more information about this author.
With increasing awareness about our diets, lifestyles, choices and their influence on our overall health, people are beginning to look for ways to make better decisions.
There is so much information out there, however, that wading through all of the studies, websites, forums and expert advice blurbs becomes overwhelming, rendering these resources are useless.
It isn’t that the information we need to be healthier isn’t available; it’s actually available in abundance.
It’s that, up until recently, there wasn’t really a comprehensive, easy-to-digest, singular source that could condense this information into a format we could apply to our everyday lives.
Enter smartphone technology.
Is Technology the Solution to Our Health Woes?
Technology has been helping to improve our health and cure disease for decades.
Advances in diagnostics, treatment techniques and education have all worked together to give us the best chance possible of living the healthiest, most fulfilling life we can.
However, even with all of the information and improved technology, those of us who live sedentary lifestyles behind computer tables all day can still find it difficult to apply our knowledge.
Smartphones can’t make our decisions for us or do the work it takes to maintain optimal health, but they can make it as easy as possible for us to do these things for ourselves.
Hundreds, if not thousands of wonderful free or low-cost apps have surfaced over recent years that are designed to put all of that overwhelming information right at our fingertips.
The best part is, they are formatted in a way that we can actually use and apply the information that we once had no idea what to do with.
Examples of How Smartphones Can Be Our Saving Grace
You could read 500 articles about what you need to do to get healthy and they’ll all say essentially the same thing: eat a more balanced diet, exercise more, drink more water, give up unhealthy habits and get enough sleep.
Ok, that’s great advice, but how exactly are we supposed to do that? More importantly, how are we supposed to keep that advice at the forefront of our thoughts for the majority of our days?
The answer lies in apps. You can install apps that will let you log how much water you’ve had today; some will send you reminders when it’s time for you to have another glass.
You can install apps that will let you quickly and easily record what foods you are eating and how they stack up against your total daily nutritional requirements.
The MyFitnessPal app
The MyFitnessPal app is a free app available for iPhone and Android.
With this app, the user fills in basic body information (height, weight, and their measurements if they choose to do so).
The app then asks the user whether they want to gain weight, lose weight, or stay at their current weight.
Based off of the information given, MyFitnessPal allots a certain number of calories the user can consume throughout the day in order to reach their goals.
Users can also import any cardio exercise they do, and the number of calories burned is added to the amount of calories they can eat that day.
Apps make it easy to exercise, too. Not only do they allow you to input your daily exercise, they also suggest simple exercises that you can do to keep your routine interesting.
The Nike Training Club app is full of pre-made exercise routines.
Users can choose whether they want to Get Lean, Get Toned, Get Strong, or Get Focused. Each “Get ____” category has a series of circuit workouts.
Users can choose to run the whole circuit, or pick and choose which individual exercises they want to do.
The interval timer is already incorporated into the app, and tells you when to switch into the next move.
Some apps are all inclusive, which means you don’t have to keep up with a different app for each health requirement.
These are typically the best, since installing dozens of apps kind of defeats the purpose of making healthy choices easier.
About the Author:
Michelle is an aspiring writer with a passion for blogging. She enjoys writing about a vast variety of topics and loves that blogging gives her the opportunity to publicly voice her thoughts and share advice with an unlimited audience.