One of the biggest reasons people struggle with living a healthy lifestyle is the time that is required to do so. With the assistance of fitness apps, you no longer need to take the time to meet with a personal trainer at the gym, heck, you don’t even need to go to the gym!
Many programs out there today are designed with convenience in mind. Health and Fitness Professionals understand that making fitness easier, makes goals more likely to be accomplished. Many apps like Body Weight Training, Nike Training Club and SWORKIT provide exercises that you can perform in an hour or less within the comfort of your own home or neighborhood park.
This allows you the expertise of a personal trainer, right in your living room. The programming designed by fitness professionals, is now at your fingertips, in your pocket, anywhere you go.
Many of these apps and programs are designed around the sense of community. Apps like Sweat with Kayla and Tone it Up connect you with other participants within the workout program to help keep you on track, some even provide you a personal coach. This sense of community provides a accountability, comradery and motivation.
In addition to convenience and community, many apps allow you track your activity as well as healthy habits you’ve been trying to implement. Apps like My Fitness Pal allow you to input your meals and exercises to track calories in vs calories burned, providing a projection of weight loss or muscle gain. By tracking your habits, even things like sleep, water intake and types of exercise performed, you can better assess the way your body responds and why you may not be making the progress you had hoped for. Apps like these typically sync with wearables like Apple Watch, Fitbit and Garmin.
Now if you aren’t already reaching for the app store, let’s talk about the cost. Most fitness tracking apps are free but do incorporate in app purchases. Apps that provide full programming can come at a 1 time cost usually less than $10 while other’s offer memberships that are only a fraction of what you may pay to a gym, let alone a personal trainer.
So, next time you’re feeling lost or feel like figuring out how to be healthy is just too hard, pick up your smart phone and see if you can find an app that fits your lifestyle and goals. Because with 1. The exercise programming, 2. The accountability, 3. The convenience, 4. The habit tracking and 5. The low cost, a health and fitness app might be exactly what you need to get moving!