Beep… beep… beep…
You reluctantly muster enough energy to silence your alarm clock for the third time this morning. By the time the fourth alarm goes off, you’ve had enough. There won’t be a fifth! And inevitably that early morning gym trip that once sounded so exciting and invigorating the night before has once again faded from becoming reality. Oh well, you think, maybe tomorrow I’ll finally make it to the gym this week. Or at the very least a morning jog or something. Hold that thought – its way, way, way too cold for that outside this time of year. Pretty sure that would result in me freezing to death. No, definitely not. This is how it goes for a lot of us, myself included. We make excuses for not having enough time or find abstract ways to rationalize why we can’t fit exercise into our busy schedules.
The following is a list of helpful apps to help empower people with tools to incorporate exercise into their lives.
The Up app connects to your tracker or your smartphone’s built-in sensors to help you track and interpret a variety of metrics such as steps taken, calories burned and activity intensity. It also allows for manual entry of food and drinks tracking, as well as sleep quantity.
Lose It! aims to help users set and meet exercise, nutrition, and other wellness goals. Users start by logging food and exercise, using the Lose It! calorie counter, along with the recipe builder and exercise planner, to stay within their daily calorie budget. Users can join existing peer support groups or challenges, which run the gamut from eating more vegetables to logging more exercise. While the app uses the phone’s built-in pedometer for step tracking, Lose It! also integrates with several health and fitness platforms, including Fitbit, MapMyFitness, Nike+ and Strava.
FitStar functions as your personalized digital training coach, adapting its exercise routines to match your physical ability, carefully calibrating workouts to be challenging without being too difficult. Users can configure their ideal exercise duration and workout goals, and the app will whip up a workout session for you. Once done, you can rate the difficulty of the workout, allowing the app to slowly learn and adapt to your workout capacity, challenging you without breaking your body.
At this point, most of us have heard of this one. The Fitbit app works with the Fitbit wearable activity tracker, but it’s also turned into a solid standalone fitness tracker app. In addition to syncing with Fitbit’s line of exercise trackers, the app can also use your smartphone’s sensors as a pedometer to record your steps taken daily, use GPS to track walking and running routes. The app also includes a food log for tracking nutrition, with a bar code scanner or a caloric estimator. Social features such as leaderboard and challenges round out the features.
So find your favorite tool and challenge yourself!
Dr. Joseph Little, D.C.
November 15, 2017
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians