Almost all of us know how tough it can be to achieve our fitness goals. No matter how lofty (or not-so-lofty) they may be, for a lot of folks, sticking to a routine and seeing consistent results can be a challenge. But in reality, actually witnessing the positive results of your efforts can be the most motivating factor of all – you just have to get there first!
Luckily, there is a simple way to make this happen, and you’ve probably got everything you need in your pocket right now.
The power of progress tracking
There’s a reason that companieslike Apple and Samsung are building health and fitness apps right into their phones. They understand that being able to physically track our activity, and hence our progress, is a vital step in making real change to our fitness levels. Whether it’s watching a chart go up or a number go down, these are reminders of where you were and where are now – and they’re hugely motivational. If you’ve not yet tried a fitness tracking app of any kind, there really has never been a better time. Just hop onto your app store and you’re sure to see an appropriate one topping the charts.
Holding yourself accountable… to yourself
One of the reasons that many of us fail when we try to reach specific fitness goals is that we simply become demotivated and move on to something else. What fitness tracking does is force us to be accountable to ourselves – both by showing us progress towards our set goals, and by highlighting how far we’ve come from the start point. Imagine being completely wiped out halfway through a workout or a run, then looking back at your fitness levels just a few weeks ago – and where you could go in the future. For many of us, that’s a kick up the backside that few other forms of motivation can offer.
Diet matters, and you can track that too
Of course, at the centre of any healthy lifestyle is a healthy diet, and handily you can track that too. We’d recommend grabbing a couple of different apps – one to track your fitness goals (weight, muscle mass, timings, whatever it may be), and another to track your diet. There are plenty of free options on the app stores, and these can be great for offering detailed breakdowns of your caloric and nutritional intake. For example, if you’re looking to add mass, you want to make sure you’re getting enough protein. An app like MyFitnessPal can show you a daily summary of how much you’ve had, and how much you need to take in to reach your goals. Don’t forget, a plant-based protein shake can be an excellent (and healthy) way to add protein without adding calories.
Have you ever tried a fitness tracking app? If so, we’d love to know how you feel about them. Share your comments below, or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter.