Technology is an amazing thing. From smartphones that connect us to friends across the world in seconds to the GPS system in our cars that guide us to even the most remote locations, technology has undoubtedly made our lives easier. But have you integrated technology into your fitness routine? Many people who are starting a fitness program or who are bored with their current one don’t know where to turn. The following fit tech tools can help spark inspiration and keep your fitness goals on track.
1. FitBit – FitBit is a lightweight band worn around your wrist that keeps track of all your fitness activities. It measures and records calories burned, distance traveled, steps taken, and even notes your sleep quality. This tool can help users see where their fitness and health levels are lacking so they can figure out how to enhance overall health. Depending on the model, you’ll spend between $60 and $250.
2. Lose It – Are you trying to lose, gain, or maintain your weight? Lose It is a free smartphone app that notes your current fitness status and future goals, and then tells you how many calories you’ll need daily to achieve that. Lose It has a huge food database that makes logging and counting your daily calorie intake super easy. The app also offers peer support if you lack motivation, and options to log your exercise activities that will encourage you to get moving.
3. YouTube – You probably have already visited YouTube for cute cat videos, but did you know it’s one of the best tools for trying out new workouts? YouTube offers thousands of free workout videos that you can try in the privacy of your own home. Interested in Pilates or CrossFit but not ready to commit to a class? A quick search will uncover tons of options for you to try. From the exercise beginner to the fitness pro, you’ll find a workout that fits your needs.
4. Map My Run – If you’re a runner (or walker) who’s bored with the same old circle around the neighborhood, Map My Run is for you. This free app allows you to see routes that others have created in your city, and create your own. Share your distance and routes with friends on social media, and also log your food intake if you’d like. Traveling? Check the scenic routes on your vacation to explore while getting a workout in.
Many of the employees at ProHealth incorporate technology into their workouts, and enjoy utilizing fitness technology like FitBits to stay on track. According to a 2012 survey from Life Fitness, 76 percent of exercisers under 30 said that better technological access to personal content made them work out more. So, even if your workout tends to be old-school, adding some technology can be a fun way to experience something new and help you achieve your fitness goals.