How a Smartphone Can Help You Get Fit
If you need help sticking to your diet and a workout schedule, your smartphone is a great fitness tool with or without apps.
If today is the day you decide to start living more healthfully, use your phone to help you get to your goal. With the fitness and dieting apps available on your smartphone, healthy living is simpler than you think. You won’t have stress because all you need is available to you on your mobile device, whether you’re counting calories or simply working out. And if apps aren’t your style, your phone by itself can be a useful tool.
Manage your calorie intake and create your own meals and recipes with MyFitnessPal. With the largest food database of any Android calorie counter (more than 3,000,000 foods), it’s easy to track your meals. The app syncs with the web, so you can log from your computer or your phone, and your data is backed up online so you won’t lose it. Track all major nutrients and get progress reports, customized goals based on your diet profile, a recipe calculator and more.
Tracking your food can also be more fun and convenient with Lose It! This app helps you set a daily calorie budget, track your food and stay motivated so you can make smarter choices and achieve your fitness goals. Simply download the app, tell it a little about yourself and your weight loss goal, and it creates a custom weight-loss plan just for you. Then start logging your food and exercise.
With an efficient diet plan, you need a workout plan to match. The Endomondo Sports Tracker is the perfect workout partner as it tracks the duration, distance, speed and calorie burn during your workout. Whether you’re hiking up a mountain or biking in your local gym, Endomondo is with you every step of the way. Though Endomondo offers a version at no charge, the PRO version features interval training that lets you choose from three different programs or develop your own and listen to your audio coach to work up a full sweat.
Need a little extra motivation to reach your fitness goals? Try a few accessories. Wear the Fitbit Flex™ wristband to track your steps, distance covered, calories burned and to keep tabs on your sleep patterns. The Jawbone® UP24™ is another lightweight option. It enables you to monitor the quality of your sleep, track your calorie intake and measure your heart rate. If you want to keep your phone handy but out of the way while you work out, try the Samsung Gear™ Fit, which monitors your health and keeps you connected to your smartphone.