Take a trip back in time to the old days of health and fitness, and the only real tracking devices available were an old-school stopwatch, a scale that used sliding weights, or an unreliable pedometer that had to be jiggled just right to record your steps.
Fortunately, the tech-boom has inspired a long list of health and fitness apps and digital tracking devices that can be a game-changer for achieving your goals. In fact, there’s more than 100 fitness tracking devices on the market, and more than 100,000 mobile apps designed to help you lose weight, be more active, eat healthier, drink more water, lower body fat, and many other things.
Can these digital apps and devices make a difference when it comes to health and fitness?
It’s a topic still being debated among health professionals. However, we’ve worked with hundreds of clients who have achieved success with the help of technology. Here are five reasons we think fitness tracking devices and mobile apps can help you.
For a lot of people, accountability is the single most important ingredient for achieving their goals. It’s just too easy to hit the snooze button, or munch down a candy bar, when you’re pursuing a health and fitness goal on your own. Fitness tracking devices and mobile apps make it a lot easier create a support group to hold you accountable to eat healthier, get out of bed for a morning workout, and track your progress. Check out the post “Buddy Up to Get Better Results” to learn more about how accountability can make a difference.
Digital devices can give you your own virtual cheering section to keep you motivated. Many devices and apps will give you a thumbs-up kind of message when you run a little faster or longer, stick to your calorie goal for the day, or maintain a healthy weight. These devices also make it easy to set reminders to help you remember to exercise, drink water, and do other healthy activities. The digital atta-boys and social media comments from your friends cheering you on can motivate you when you need it most.
3. Healthy Eating
One of the often overlooked factors for weight loss or body transformation when someone commits to an exercise program is their eating habits. Do you know how many calories you eat in a day or how much water you drink? It wasn’t that long ago that tracking this was a labor-intensive process that required meticulous record keeping. It’s a lot easier with digital devices and mobile apps. Put these features into practice, and you’ll be a lot more likely to skip the burger, fries and soda and eat healthier.
4. Goal Setting
One of the first things we talk about with every client is goal setting. Lose weight. Run faster. Build muscle. Look good for your wedding. These are the kind of goals we’ve helped many of our clients achieve. Having a goal to work towards can help keep you moving forward. Digital devices and apps can help you set goals and map out a plan to achieve them.
Are you getting your zzzs? Research shows 7 to 8 hours of sleep is ideal for adults. Less than that can compromise muscle recovery after a tough workout, elevate hormone levels linked to weight gain, and cause other health problems. You can use technology to help you track your sleep habits, improve sleep quality, and your health.
Technology can make a difference when you’re trying to make exercise and healthy living a priority.
Ready to start making progress? Turn on your tracking device or mobile app, and add an experienced personal trainer to your team.