Getting fit? There’s an app for that!
It has been proven that logging your food and tracking your fitness progress provides more positive results. And I can’t argue with that. When I was doing Biggest Loser, I was using an app called LoseIt to track all my meals. I was consistently anal retentive about logging each and every item, also. And I always stayed below my calorie allowance. So I lost weight. It was right in front of me. Nowadays I use MyFitnessPal, and I’m not as adamant as I was during Biggest Loser because I’m not trying to lose weight anymore, but it’s still a great habit to keep track of your food intake. MyFitnessPal is great because it’ll show you a perfect little pie chart of your macronutrients (fat, carbs, and protein) which is what I am trying to pay more attention to. You can also log your water and exercise, which is mildly helpful but not the greatest method for me remembering to drink enough.
MyFitnessPal and LoseIt are probably two of the most popular fitness/healthy eating apps out there. But I’d like to share two other apps I’ve been using lately that I really enjoy too.
Pact app is neat because you can actually earn money for doing healthy things. You tell the app how many times you’ll go to the gym, log food, and eat a serving of fruit and veggies and if you meet your goal, you earn money. It goes into your PayPal account so you can use it for almost anything. It’s not paying you $20 a week or anything, but in the past couple of months I’ve earned over $23 just for doing healthy things. It’s not perfect though and i do have issue with their punishment approach to your not meeting your weekly goal. You can dispute it, but if you miss your pact, you are charged $5 for each missed item! That’s ridiculous but I realize if they are paying out money, they have to make up for it somehow. But losing $5 is enough of a motivator for me to do my best to remember to check in at the gym, take photos of my veggies/fruit, and log my food daily (It connects to MyFitnessPal so you don’t have to log your food twice). Again, not perfect but somewhat motivating if you are good at remembering to use your phone.
My recent favorite app is Hubbub. Mainly because Hubbub runs on the same philosophy as this group. Do small things every day that will add up to a healthier and better you. And I think it helps create good habits, in a positive and community supportive atmosphere. You sign up for different challenges in five categories: Move (exercise), Nourish (eating habits), Rewind (small habits like flossing and journaling), Mingle (being social), and Balance (relaxing habits like yoga and what not). I’m currently involved in. 12 challenges. They range from supplement/vitamins to journaling to working out at least 20 minutes a day to doing jumping jacks everyday to logging your food. See? Little things that add up! Just like this group! (Facebook 100 ways of fitness) No wonder I love it so much right now!
Right now is one of those times I wish I was tech savvy so I could see if it was possible to attach links to the apps so you could see how they work, but all these apps are free so I encourage you to check them out at your leisure!
These three apps are by far not the only ones I use or have used. They are just my most prominently and currently used at the moment.
So, what are some of your favorite fitness apps that have helped you on your journey?