One way to keep your motivation as strong in September as it is in January is by using technology. Wearables and apps are increasingly popular tools for keeping fitness routines on track, with 45% of consumers saying they are very or somewhat likely to pick up a fitness wearable in the next year.
Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and fastest 4G LTE network, has some suggestions for how to keep your fitness goals on track using wearables and apps.
· The Misfit Shine is not the clunky, unfashionable fitness tracker you’re used to. It can be worn as a necklace, watch, sneaker attachment or shirt attachment and is just about the size of a quarter. Don’t let the small size fool you, though – this thing delivers mighty results. It tracks steps, activities (even swimming!) and sleep. You can use the accompanying app to set goals and track your progress as well.
· Boring bathroom scales need not apply – the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale measures your weight, body fat percentage and BMI, giving you a snapshot of your progress over time. After setting it up with a computer or smartphone, the scale automatically and wirelessly syncs your progress with charts and graphs through your Wi-Fi network to your private Fitbit account. It can also be programmed for up to 8 different people, so your family can join in on your resolution too!
· Put your smartphone to work – work out, that is! With the Lose It! app, you can set goals, track calories and exercise, and stay motivated. Plus, it syncs seamlessly with tons of other apps, including Nike+ and RunKeeper, so you don’t have to manually enter data.
· Confused by nutrition labels, good fat versus bad fat and how much sugar you should be eating in a day (don’t worry, I am too!)? Try Fooducate, the app that’s like bringing a dietician to the supermarket. Simply scan a barcode and see product highlights, a comparison between products and healthier alternatives.
For more ways to use technology to help with fitness, check out Verizon Wireless’ Fitness Fan page