If you’re looking for some tools to help aide you in losing weight, getting healthier and to help you reach your fitness goals, there are many wearable fitness trackers and apps out there that are easy to use and readily available.
Let’s start with apps. When I first started my journey to getting fit as an over-the-road trucker I used My Fitness Pal. You can download this app on your smart phone or access it with your computer and the best part…it’s free. What I like about this app is that it’s basic and easy to use, which is good when you are first starting out on your road to health. On My Fitness Pal you simply fill out a profile with your basic information, age, weight, height and weight goal, which then calculates what your daily calorie intake should be based on how much weight you would like to lose. You can track your daily water and calorie intake plus your daily exercise.
Keeping Each Other Accountable
One of the things I really liked about this app was that you can interact with friends through Facebook or other social media and track each others progress. This is a great tool in keeping each other accountable. You can also leave comments for each other to encourage and motivate! The downside for me was that, as I progressed in my fitness routine and healthy lifestyle I found I personally wanted something that could help me track my progress with more detail. Having said that, I found the Fitbit app. This app is also available to download, for free, on a smartphone. With Fitbit you can not only track your calorie and water intake, but also calories burned. Along with tracking your exercise, you can track your steps taken and miles run/walked. It just gives you a little more variety and detail than My Fitness Pal.
Another great way to track your progress (or lack thereof) is with a wearable personal activity tracker. While a pedometer is still a simple and precise way to track your daily steps, the devices available in today’s market have greatly evolved from that. Two of the more popular choices available are from Fitbit and Nike Fuelband. The prices range on these devices from about $60 up to $200 depending on how detailed you want to get. Most of these devices are able to wirelessly sync with a mobile device and include steps taken, stairs climbed, distance traveled and calories burned. Some even track your quality of sleep! There are a variety of designs to choose from, including a clip on version to snap on bracelets and they come in a variety of colors. I know that some of these may seem pricey, but if you use it daily and are committed to a healthy lifestyle I think it’s a smart investment. I’m personally thinking of getting the Fitbit One, a clip-on model, which cost $99. I will let you know how I like it, my experience using it, and how well it works in a follow-up post.
The Old School Method
Another tried and true way to track your progress is just by putting pen to paper and keeping a fitness journal. Sometimes just writing down what you have eaten on a daily basis and visually seeing it on paper will help you to make a connection with how much food intake you’ve consumed and what food choices you’ve made. For example, it’s easy to eat a handful of M&M’s and later, forget that you even ate it, but if you’re writing it down it will help you to be more aware of what you’re eating, plain and simple. You can also personalize a journal to fit your needs by adding calories, fat, protein and sugar intake, time spent exercising and by weighing in weekly. Sometimes simpler is better and it’s really all about what will work for your lifestyle and needs, what will help promote good health and help you to reach your goals.
So, until next time, keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up and make healthy choices!
How do you track your success on the road? Let us know below!
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