by Sujatha Nanjundeshwara
Since the 1950s, over 80% jobs have become sedentary. This means that we’re literally sitting ducks for cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, BP and more.
There’s really a very simple solution to avoid these conditions—try to build a fit lifestyle. Let your smartphone help you on this journey with fitness apps that work in the following ways.
Track your Progress - The first thing you need to do is to set up fitness goals. For example, lose 10 kgs in 5 months. The next thing is to measure your progress. Here’s where a fitness app helps you, by making this tracking easy, quick and fun.
They also come with visuals like graphs, which means that you can assess how long it’s going to take to reach your goals, which weeks you did well, etc. And this, in turn, will help motivate you by knowing that all your effort is paying off!
Save time - There will be days when you’re too exhausted to drive all the way to the gym. Or it’s pouring outside. But these shouldn’t serve as excuses for you to miss your quota of daily exercise.
Here’s where fitness apps can pitch in—they give you instructions on proper form and technique either through images or via animation to help you do your home workouts in ways that either don't need any equipment or very minimal ones, like the support of a chair.
This means, you neither waste your time on ineffective exercises nor suffer from unnecessary injuries.
What’s more, with fitness apps you’ll also have access to large databases of workouts and exercises so that you’ll never end up bored of doing the same exercise drill week after week.
Get motivated - Working out can seem tedious when you go at it alone.
Fitness apps have virtual challenges and online communities. These provide not only rewards and companionship, but also the knowledge that you aren’t the only one fighting the fitness battle. You can get in touch with experienced veterans for tips and advice, earn ‘likes’ by posting your badge of honour on achieved milestones, and serve as a role model for others as well.
Watch that diet - As they say, the most difficult part of being on a diet is not watching what you eat, but watching what others eat!
Fitness apps will not just help you watch but also monitor the number of calories you consume and your nutrient intake based on the food you eat every day.
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