With the arrival of New Year, almost everyone resolves to get fitter or eat healthier. While some are able to stick to their resolutions, there are those who simply cannot. They tend to come up with hundreds of excuses to not get off the sofa and go out and play. Thankfully, there is help available: in the form of Technological gadgets. There are many technological advances today that offer game style incentives and rewards to help motivate reluctant users stick to their fitness or diet plans.
Let us study 3 important ways in which technology can help one get in shape.
Track fitness through Smartphone Apps and Wristband activity trackers
Before the arrival of the SmartPhone, it was difficult to keep track of anything, be it office meetings, bill due dates and many other day to day issues. Today, Smartphones are helping out in other areas including fitness. Smartphones can actually monitor sleep patterns, measure the distance one walks, and even keep tabs on one’s cholesterol levels. Most SmartPhones support hundreds of apps that help monitor the heart health. The best part is: these gadgets
help users accumulate all of their fitness data in one place. They also use specialized ways to bring a level of sophistication to the workout: not only do they offer a wide range of workout routines (including visual impact for women exercises) they also help vary the length, duration and intensity to target different areas of the body. Moreover, these routines come with pictures, images, videos as well as personal digital trainers to guide one at every step. Wristband activity trackers and Smartwatches also perform similar tasks like monitoring fitness, sleep patterns, or simply reminding the user to get up and go!
Use Technology to monitor diet
Many apps are available today to help one track their calorie intake. Many of these services are completely free and supported by various platforms (iOS, Android). Most also include their own websites. Users can enter their height, weight and target weight they wish to achieve, say at the end of 4 weeks. The apps then calculate the amount of calories one needs to eat on daily basis. There is a food diary available with the applications that one needs to fill in diligently. The application then deducts the calories from the user’s daily recommended allocation. While most users will crib at the thought of entering every food item they eat on daily basis, it is actually just a matter of routine. Once one is used to the application, it can be a fantastic way of monitoring the diet and actually see some very positive results at the end of the set period.
Get recipe ideas and Meal planners with Technology
Often times, people follow specific diets but are unable to stick to them because they run out of ideas as to what to eat and not eat. The Paleo diet, for example, has several food restrictions. Thankfully, technology can come to their rescue. Many Android and iOS based applications offer hundreds of thousands of recipes, meal ideas and tips for healthy eating. Each day, users can select a recipe from hundreds of thousands available in the recipe libraries offered by these apps. There are different plans for different diets for breakfast, lunch and dinners. This way, a user will never get bored and is likelier to stick to the plan. After selecting the recipe, one also gets the convenient list of ingredients that are seen in the ‘Basket’ which can be accessed easily when one goes shopping. Most reviewers have praised these apps and found the recipes very tasty as well.
These are 3 major ways in which one can get fit through the use of technology. For more information on technical gadgets and apps that can help you stay in shape, click here.