Fitness motivation through the use of technology

For most of us, technology plays a big part on our day to day activities.  You would think that in the year 2013, we would have it all by now based on movies and sitcoms we watched like “Back to the Future & Star Trek”.  Don’t get me wrong, technology is definitely faster than how it was a decade ago.  Yet as fast as it’s moving, we are no where near the age where we have a “Magic Button” that will give us the body we want in instantaneously.

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The good news is we are definitely using it more to track our progress, get the encouragement and feedback from others, and provide music depending on our workout routine to help us stay motivated.

I read an article (it’s a bit old) from this really great website called prevention.com that talks about women using technology to inform their friends on the status of their weight loss.

I am a believer that with the right mix of mental toughness, consistency and support, anyone can transform their body.  Below is a list of items on how technology can help you stay motivated:

1-      Post your goals in social media– Regardless if you’re using Facebook, Twitter, Google+, My Space, etc, you can gain supporters just by taking the first step to post what you’re trying to accomplish.  From a 5k to a Marathon, to losing pounds or building muscle, keeping everyone updated on your status is a sure way to stick to a goal.

2-      Keep an online diary (blog) – Having a timeline on what workouts you did on a specific date will allow people to see your progression.  This is key; it’s like reading a book or watching a daily/weekly show where those following you are anticipating your updated results.

3-      Join a virtual group – Being part of a group that does activities similar to yours is a great way to stay motivated to exercise.  You comment on how good they are doing or their recent pictures and you can do the same.  This allows you to maintain what I call a “link or connection” with others who have the same mindset as you.

4-      Turn your phone to a coach – if you are one of the millions of people who have converted to a smart phone, you’re in luck! Most phones have access through millions of applications you can download for coaching tips on exercise routines.  This is great if you are at the gym and need a digital trainer to tell you how many more reps or sets you need to do, or how much time you have left before that workout is finished.

5-       Posting pictures of the food you eat – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this, but it does work.  By posting your pre and post workout meals, shakes, etc.  You show your others how you take care of your body.  We all know that fitness is 2 parts (Exercise and Nutrition), if you only do one, you’re not giving yourself the best chance to reach your goal at an optimum peak.

6-      Plan your workout – Gone are the days when a person brings a folder or binder with them to the gym to check off the workouts they just finished.  Just Kidding, I still see plenty of people doing this.  But why haul a binder around when you can just upload it to your notes or tasks in your smart phones.  Make your life easy; don’t carry so many things that you may just forget it accidentally in the gym or outdoors.

Regardless if we are a fitness monster or just starting out, we all can use a little motivation.  By using technology to spread the word of our progress to fitness success, we inspire each other to get out and get active.

Source:

http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/7-ways-technology-helps-you-lose-weight?page=2

Getting Fit for the Busy Person

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Let’s face it; most of us work for a living.  Aside from that we have other things to consider like school, family, and for many another income. This makes exercising for many of us a part time of what little time we have left.

It’s hard to believe, but there are indeed a few moments of the day that you can invest in your health and fitness. I would be lying if I told you that it’s simple or easy, but remember that sometimes all it takes is the “First Step”.  Below are some tips you can use to fitting exercise into your busy day thanks to Fitness for one and all (www.fitnessforoneandall.com):

Goal for it. Set short-term and long-term goals. A short-term goal could be starting from scratch and adding a minute a day to your exercise regimen. A long-term goal could be losing weight or lowering your blood pressure.

Break it up. Exercise doesn’t have to be structured. Busy people can get much the same benefits when they exercise in bits and pieces throughout the day as when they work out in one block of time.

Avoid the all-or-nothing trap. If circumstances prevent you from doing everything you planned for the day, do what you can and don’t worry about it. Tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities to exercise.

Be realistic. Don’t focus on exercises you find unpleasant or uncomfortable. Choosing activities you enjoy will help you stick with your program. Such as Zumba, Hip Hop, Cross-fit, etc.

There are ways to take a creative approach in your exercise if you just don’t have time to go to the gym.

Use stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. When at home, climb to the second floor as often as possible. For variety, take the stairs two at a time, or step up the pace.

Walk when you can. Park an extra block from your destination or at the rear of the parking lot. Look for the longest, rather than the shortest, route.

Learn a new sport. Take golf, tennis, or racquetball lessons.

Join groups that are active. Groups like mall walkers, hikers, or bicyclists.

Source:

http://www.fitnessforoneandall.com/guest/article/training/busy.htm