Even though the New Year may be long gone, that doesn’t mean you have to wait another nine months to start thinking about getting fit. Now is as good a time as any to start making new commitments and, with the benefits of modern technology at your fingertips, you can start doing so without spending a lot of money. Here’s what you need to know about getting fit on a budget.
Fortunately, both Apple and Google include built-in apps on their smartphones to help give you a better idea about the current state of your health. Both of these are great ways to view your overall progress, and you can use them to set goals and see how far you’ve come. Third-party apps can also sync their data here, too, so you can see all of your information in once place. This includes everything from improving your fitness levels, nutritional habits, or even making sure you consistently get a good night’s sleep. Both of the apps can send you notifications related to the goals you’ve set to help make sure you stay on the right path.
For those who need a stronger push, though, there are a number of great personal trainer apps out there to help you too. Not only can these give you the motivation you need, but they can also educate you on what you need to do in order to meet your goals. Superbody is designed with the busy modern worker in mind, and provides personalized, simple to follow guidelines regarding what to eat and when, as well as how and when to exercise. You’ll have expert advice whenever you need it, without having to worry about getting on the waiting list for your local personal trainer.
Despite there being lots of great ways to get fit, running is often the place that people start because of it’s low barrier to entry. You don’t need to join a gym and you can do it wherever you live so it’s ideal for those just getting started. Because of this, there’s a number of great running apps to keep you motivated and track your data. Strava, dubbed “the social network for athletes,” gives you access to a feed of your friends’ most recent activities and lets you compete against them in various challenges, such as the fastest point-to-point or who ran the most miles across a single month.