I know you’re all waiting for this exciting new post I’ve been talking about. However, it will need a bit more editing as I want in to be amazing before I can share it with you! So, in the meantime I have got a few other posts planned to keep you busy whilst waiting for the big one coming up!
Today I want to write about workout and food tracking Apps as well as tracking equipment such as fitness trackers.
Health and Fitness Apps
These sort of Apps have been around since I can pretty much think. Fitness has become so barcode. I mean, if anyone would have said this to me about 5 years ago I would just laughed at them. But now, you can do pretty much anything with the use of a Health App. Whether its MyFitnessPal that tracks your foods in calorie intake, how much water you drink or how much exercise you do. Or Fiit that concentrates on physical activity through video online lessons that can be accessed via their app.
In 2017, a study portrayed that usage of these apps had grown by 330% in the last year three years. An interesting fact is that during the Christmas holidays activity on these apps is usually lowest until it peaks in January when everyone makes an attempt at their New Year’s Resolution.
Below are some statistics on Health and Fitness Apps and how they have been used.
Health and Fitness App Usage by Category
Health and Fitness App Sessions Grow 9% Year-Over-Year
These Apps can be so helpful if you have no idea what you should do. Even if you don’t want to use the gym and would rather workout at home, there are home workout apps designed specifically for the purpose of teaching and making you work out in your comfortable home environment.
However, of course there are workout apps that teach you specific movements as well as guide you through specific sets of a workout with certain reps (repeat of a movement in this specific movement). According to Lifewire the best workout log app of 2018 was HeavySet although this is specifically targeted at weight lifting/gym workouts. It enables you to fill in your own workouts and record statistics and numbers.
Workout Apps such as Freeletics guide you through HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts that use bodyweight and train your stamina as well as endurance at an intense level. These workouts have guided videos that help you with your form but also enable you to share your results with others through their social side of the app.
Essentially, there are many different workout apps on the digitised market. I reckon, it is about finding the app that suits your needs as well as suits your abilities and expectations towards exercise.
Food Tracking Apps
I’m sure everyone has heard of Weight Watchers and Co. I think (not 100% sure) Weight Watchers were one of the first to introduce the idea of tracking your food to control your eating and especially be more aware of how nutritious some food is.
Obviously now there are loads and loads of these kind of ‘food tracking’ concepts, especially within Apps. Whether you want to lose weight or gain weight or gain muscle. You are now able to tailor mostly every one of these apps to the goal you want to achieve. According to Gadget Hacks, the best App for this when comparing a number of five food tracking apps with each other is Lose It!.
Now this part gets me all excited! For Christmas I was given a Fitbit Alta HR https://www.fitbit.com/uk/altahr fitness tracker. This tracks your heart rate, counts your steps and the distance you have walked on a daily basis. Additionally, it is also able to record your sleep and how much time you have spent in deep sleep or not.
My Opinion on Fitness Trackers
I have wanted to have one for so long and was so happy to receive it! Since Christmas I have now been tracking my health and have been able to link it to the Fitbit App on my phone to check and compare my results.
Now, in all honesty there are a few things that I have noticed. I have become super aware of how much I am moving on a daily basis. Now, I know it’s been Christmas and during the holidays I tend to get lazier in general but since I’ve had this tracker I’ve become obsessed with moving to get my steps up to the recommended 10,000 steps a day. It almost makes you feel guilty for not moving during the day even though I’ve been forced to sit down for longer hours to do work for Uni. I can’t even imagine what someone with a 9-5pm office job would do. The tracker also reminds you to get up and move a certain amount of steps on a few occasions during the day. You are almost constantly reminded that you need to move, all the time!
I need to be honest and say that although the tracker is super helpful when getting all the information about my health, I can imagine it to make certain people feel very guilty about not moving. I can imagine that it can cause toxic thinking about your exercise/moving routine and could cause bad mental health.
Personally, I can recommend fitness trackers but if you know that you are one of those people who struggles with mental health, especially with exercising in connection mental health then I would advise you not to invest into one. Please be kind to yourself and don’t invest in products that will only affect your health in a negative way rather than a positive!
That’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed this one! Next week I’ll be talking a bit more about mental and health and digital fitness!
See you soon! XX