Have you set a New Year’s resolution to get into an exercise routine?
Many of us have, but to make it a success we need more than determination. We can use a coach, someone to help keep us accountable, but we can also rely on technology – apps that track our hard work and keep us on the path to success.
Why Resolutions Do Not Work
Many women no longer set New Year’s resolutions because they feel that they do not work.
Several studies offer huge clues as to why New Year’s resolutions fail. In one group, 33% of the participants admitted that they did not keep track of their progress, and 23% forgot about their resolutions entirely. Another group reported that resolutions are more achievable when they are set in terms of small and measurable goals.
Accountability is the glue that bonds commitment to results – Will Craig
Can you hold yourself accountable to your resolution, your “promise to yourself or decision to do something, especially to improve your behavior or lifestyle in some way (i.e., get into an exercise routine), during the year ahead,” without keeping track of your goals and your actions? Most likely not.
5 Apps That Can Help You Get into an Exercise Routine
You can use the old pen-and-paper method for tracking your exercise routine, or you can use an app and claim it as your accountability coach.
Here are 5 apps that can help you achieve success with your exercise routine:
Are you looking for an app designed specifically for women? StrongHer is for women who are dedicated to either gym or home workouts, and nutritional guidance is included.
StrongHer provides an interactive profile to track and manage your fitness results. Activity can be tracked on a daily, weekly, and on an overall basis.
Additional pluses that we discovered via the StrongHer site: new workouts are posted every week, detailed descriptions and videos are included for each exercise, exercise and food goals are customized to help women reach their goals faster, and blog posts and community are also available.
Are you looking for an app that not only tracks your exercise, but also other important life statistics, such as mood and emotions? Daylio can track mood, goals, and activities, and it creates reminders for each.
“Set and measure your goals. Daylio integrates goals into your everyday journaling. You already track your days, so why not set a goal (daily, weekly, and monthly) to motivate yourself?”
Are you looking for a well-known app that integrates daily tracking of both exercise and diet? MyFitnessPal (MFP) operates diet and exercise management from an app and a website that launched in 2005.
MyFitnessPal is well-known for customizing diet and tracking food intake, but it has grown to integrate 50 other fitness and exercise apps like Fitbit and Apple Watch into daily, weekly, and monthly tracking.
MFP helps you reach your daily and weekly goals as it tracks your daily calorie burn, and motivates you as you see the results.
Are you looking for an exercise routine that fits into your busy daily life? The 7 Minute Workout app is fast, simple, and is a “science-based way to work out anywhere, anytime.”
The app includes 72 exercises and 22 additional workouts that can be customized to create more than 1,000 variations that will help to keep you “motivated and moving.”
A smartphone is all that you need to use this app, but you can also integrate your Apple Watch into the routine.
Motivation is built as you track your workouts, swap them out for new workouts set to your favorite music, or share your training and progress with your friends.
Are you looking for an app that provides unlimited live and on-demand workouts and classes that you can use on your phone or television?
FitOn provides a large variety of popular workout classes, and lots of motivation from tracking, sharing, and class with celebrities and world-class trainers.
When you do not feel like exercising, FitOn provides meditation tools to help reduce stress and increase mindfulness through soothing video meditations.
Speaking of stress, do not forget that massage can help manage stress and anxiety. It holistically lowers stress hormones and calms your body and brain.
Recovery from Workouts Salt Therapy
Sometimes, we dive into our New Year’s resolutions and ramp up our exercise routines only to realize that our body feels the effects of sore muscles, or overtraining syndrome, which can make you feel exhausted, and can compromise your immune system, and can even cause chronic joint and muscle pain.
Salt therapy helps sore muscles, but it also helps your body heal itself before your next workout routine.
Think of salt therapy as an addition to your exercise routine. It is a form of self-care. It can give you relief and help you stay motivated!
We are committed to your well-being and to helping you be the best you can be! If you’re in the Austin, Texas area and are ready to perform better and recover faster, try Salt Therapy today.