So why are we suggesting that you get your smartphone involved in your fitness regimen?
Simple: because your smartphone has about a zillion ways in which it can enhance your life and make dieting and exercising more comfortable and more convenient. After all, your journey toward total fitness is hard enough as it is; you should make it easier on yourself whenever possible. Here are eight ways to accomplish just that – using modern smartphone technology. There are tons of fitness apps you can try out.
1. Track your runs/distance training. Whether you like to run or bicycle, you can use your smartphone not only to track your distance but your time – the result is that you get to measure your performance. This helps you to set regular benchmarks that encourage you to challenge yourself to improve.
2. Track Your Calorie Intake
Using a site like MyFitnessPal is excellent – but what if you don’t stick to it because you forget everything you ate? Using your smartphone to log on to these sites will help you to track your calories accurately while you’re on the go, which means that you’ll have a better picture of the calories you’re taking in.
3. Gauge a Restaurant’s True Performance
If you’re not sure about the calories you’re taking in at a sit-down restaurant (most fast-food restaurants will give you their nutrition information, frequently on the wrappers), then you can use your smartphone to compensate.
Clip your smartphone into a secure arm strap, and you can listen to the entire database of music you’ve downloaded. Create an inspirational playlist, and you’ll never want for motivation again.
5. Get Social
A great way to keep yourself motivated is to remain accountable to others – you can do this by using your smartphone to share your exercises, such as with the app Daily Mile.
6. Make Running Fun
Games like “Zombies, Run!” are great for adding a twist to your workouts. Sure, you may frighten those around you if you start shouting about how you’re running from zombies, but we trust you not to do that.
7. Track your Progress
There’s nothing that breeds success quite like success, so use your smartphone not only to track your progress but to display it to others if they wonder how you’ve been doing.
8. Turn it Off!
Finally, sometimes it helps to turn off the smartphone, connect with nature, de-stress, and discover precisely what it is that makes you fit in the first place: you. The smartphone is a powerful tool, but it makes for a poor master.