2 Amazing Fitness Apps to Try Right Now
Time is short. Your to-do list is as long as your arm. So let’s get to the point:
It doesn’t matter where you are on your fitness journey; the only thing that matters is the next meal, the next workout. That’s it. That’s all we can control.
So, let go of all the times you’ve messed it up. Seriously. Let it go.
All that matters is now. Right now.
For example: are you feeling hungry but you know you don’t need the calories just yet?
Find the biggest glass you can, fill it with water, down the whole thing in one go, fill it again and bring it back to your desk.
Seriously, stop reading and do it. I’ll wait.
[Jeopardy music playing in the background]
So, did you do it? Feeling better? I thought so.
There are dozens and dozens of quick, proven hacks like this that can help us on our journey to health and fitness.
Sometimes we need to hydrate.
Sometimes we need to sleep.
Sometimes we need to pray.
And sometimes we need a little accountability.
Let’s drill down on that one for a second:
Nothing keeps us on track like accountability. But you have to keep it simple or it won’t stick.
It’s best to have a living, breathing person to do this, but what if you can’t find an accountability buddy?
The next best thing is tech.
And I’m not just talking about setting an iPhone alarm.
The following two mobile apps, when used together, make the ultimate accountability hack.
Turbocharge your fitness journey by tracking your progress.
My Fitness Pal tracks all your food, water, weight, basic exercises and a few key measurements easily and quickly.
Jump into the forums for help and advice or try one of the frequent ‘Challenges’, to add an extra level of motivation.
If you’re into infographics, the graphs and charts help you stay motivated too.
TP tracks your workouts and biometrics and is the same program used by pro cyclists and triathletes around the world.
Most importantly, however, you can PLAN your workouts with it. And as we know, intention trumps motivation every time!
Be specific: day, time, duration, and you will DOUBLE your chances of success! (3)
It works best if you have a sports watch like the Garmin Forerunner. You can sync it up to automatically upload the data from your workouts, and it will show up inside MyFitnessPal instantly as well.
Save time and effort by automatically logging all your activities and tracking your progress.
Data changes everything.
Don’t think these are worth the effort?
- A research study by Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research found that keeping a food diary DOUBLED weight loss in participants.(1)
- Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill found that stepping on the scale DAILY, can increase weight loss by nearly 13X! (2)
- The awesome James Clear reports that The British Journal of Health Psychology found that 91% of participants who planned their workouts by writing down when and where they would exercise ended up following through. NEARLY 3X the control group!(3)
- And finally, a recent study by the Archives of Internal Medicine found that participants who tracked their weight with a mobile app lost 8X more weight than those who didn’t.(4)
It boils down to ‘what gets measured (and planned) gets managed.’
If you like these hacks, you’ll love my FREE Resource Guide to the Top 6 Mobile Apps for Body Transformation for you too.
And in other news:
Hey, people, I’m on the cover of the fall brochure for Samena Swim and Recreation Club! Too weird;-)
I’ve been teaching some classes at Samena including one called “Muscles in Minutes” and a Saturday morning spin class. And I will be adding a TRX class to the schedule this fall.
I also do some on-site personal training there. If you are interested, I have two slots left on my roster as of today’s post. Go to Samena.com for details, or shoot me an email.
Of course, if time, location or schedule prevent you from working with me 1 on 1, check out my online program! Coming soon!
- Science Daily, Keeping A Food Diary Doubles Diet Weight Loss, Study Suggests. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080708080738.htm . Retrieved 9-21-16
- Loseit, Have You Considered Weighing Yourself Daily?, https://blog.loseit.com/daily-weighing/ . Retrieved 9-21-16.
- Clear, James. Achieve Your Goals: Research Reveals a Simple Trick That Doubles Your Chances for Success. http://jamesclear.com/implementation-intentions . Retrieved 9-21-16.
- Weight Loss for All, Study Reveals Weight Loss Benefits of Smartphone Apps. http://www.weightlossforall.com/weight-loss-mobile-apps.htm . Retrieved 9-21-16.