This guest post was contributed by Jenny Wadlow.
Keeping fit may seem like an easy task to deal with but try asking all the fitness buffs out there, they will tell you there is more than it meets the eye. It takes a lot of perseverance as well as organization skills to get this right. Well, there are many benefits of staying in shape, and the most important of which is that you are likely to end up having a much healthier lifestyle. However, there are a number of things you always need to get right in order to benefit from this.
For one, you have to make sure that you go through the exercise regime correctly. When you want to gain the most from exercise, one of the things you can’t afford doing is being too nonchalant about it. There are many things that can go wrong when this happens. You could end up hurting yourself, such as by placing too much stress on your body. Also, one other negative effect of doing exercise without the right guidance is that you are not likely to benefit much from it. For instance, there are many people who usually need to tone specific parts of their bodies such as their abs. when this is not done properly, they are unlikely to get the kind of firm shape they want.
One of the ways of avoiding all these problems is by using technological assistance when doing exercise. For instance, you can download a number of apps and use them for this. Some of the most useful ones for this application include:
Garmin is known to produce some of the best GPS units in the world. They have also developed an app that you can download on your phone, and use it to guide your exercise. This app uses GPS technology to provide information such as the distance you have run and how many calories you have lost in the process. If you are thinking of using jogging as the main way to get fit, this is one app that you will find very useful in tracking the progress of your efforts.
Cycling is one of the best ways of exercising, since it is very enjoyable and can help burn a lot of calories. If you use this mean of attaining fitness, one app you should download is the Strava Cycling app. This provides many features that make it easy for you to track your progress. These include calculating how many calories you have burnt in one run. If you use a particular route to cycle, you can also find out whether other app users have used the same one, and you can compete with them to find out who can cover the distance in the shortest time. This makes the app a lot of fun for cyclists.
A crucial element of fitness is finding out how much goes in. However, tracking how much you eat and converting this into calories can be very difficult if you have to do it mentally. This app makes it very easy for you to do this. For instance, if you are eating packed food, you can simply scan the barcode and the app will tell you how many calories it contains. It also has a database of millions of food you can do research on to find out how many calories they have. This way, you can ensure that your fitness regime is tuned to your needs.
Couch to 5K
This is a revolutionary app that seeks to help those who want to exercise but are finding it difficult to start. Using this app, you can slowly start exercising, such that by the end of a few days, you will be a regular fitness buff. The best thing about this app is that it eases you into the exercise regime, so you don’t have to worry about failure rates due to not having enough time to get acclimatized to exercise.
For many people, Yoga is a good way of exercising since it helps one relax. If you are interested in starting out Yoga, you can use this app as your guide. It has 27 routines that it can guide you through, making sure that you understand how to go through each without any harm to yourself.
As you can see, there are many apps that can be used to facilitate more effective exercise. The best thing about all the apps above is that most of them are very cheap, and are also a lot of fun to use. As long as you have a phone that can support them, these are apps you should consider investing in if you are interested in upping the ante for your fitness game!
This post has been contributed by Jenny Wadlow, a freelance blogger who enjoys sharing her personal and professional experiences online. She writes for One Fitness, a renowned fitness centre based in Australia. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.