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5 Ways Technology Can Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals
It’s hard to find an area of our lives left untouched by technology. And while it’s true this can be a nuisance, (how many times have you heard a cell phone go off in the middle of a wedding or missed a home run because of Instagram), it also means we have more tools than ever to help us achieve what we want to in life. Including our health & fitness.
For example, technology has made it easier than ever for us to take courses and improve our education so that we can be better at our jobs and move forward with our careers.
But another great example is the ways in which technology can help achieve our fitness goals.
Access to technology such as fitness devices, blogs, apps, and social media all make it much easier to make progress in your fitness life and improve yourself in the ways you want to.
Here are five specific ways technology can help you achieve your fitness goals.
1. Technology Can Help with Fitness Goals – Goal Setting and Progress Tracking
It’s important to set goals if you want your fitness journey to be a success. These goals include not only tangible achievements such as “I want to reduce my mile time to less than 7 minutes,” or “I want to be able to run 10 miles,” or even “I want to lose fifteen pounds,” but also daily goals such as “I want to work out six days a week,” or “I want to eat more fruits and vegetables.”
Technology helps you achieve these goals because it allows you to track your progress, which is critical for keeping the right mindset. This is because there will be days where you feel like you’re moving backwards. Perhaps you couldn’t beat your previous time, or you needed to stop before your goal distance. Without a record of your progress to date, it’s easy to allow yourself to overreact to this minor setback, which can stall you even more and put your whole program at risk.
One great app for this is MyFitnessPal, which lets you set all sorts of goals and track progress, as well as record your meals and calories, if you’re into that kind of thing. Nike+ Run is also good, but Apple Fitness is a simple app for those who are looking for a more basic tool to track their progress towards goals.
These apps will also send you notifications and they “gamify” your progress, which although technically meaningless, can, at times, be just the push you need to get to the gym and keep working towards your goals.
2. Technology Can Help with Fitness Goals – Gain Accurate Readings
All this progress tracking is important, but it’s useless if you don’t have a way of accurately measuring what you’re doing. Of course, for things such as reps and weights, this is pretty simple. But when dealing with other things such as distance and time, the accuracy of our phones and other devices, such as a Fitbit, are useful.
They can even provide you with measurements of your heart rate and other vitals, which become increasingly important as you march forward in your fitness journey and get more focused on what you’re trying to achieve.
This is also really useful for your food. Achieving your fitness goals will ultimately require you to adapt a high-quality diet, and fitness apps can help you figure out exactly what you’re eating, which will allow you to plan better and build a diet that is supporting all that hard work you’re putting in at the gym.
3. Technology Can Help with Fitness Goals – Access Valuable Research and Advice
Another way technology helps you reach your fitness goals is by providing you with instant access to all sorts of fitness related content on the web. Of course, sometimes this can be bad, such as when we pay too much attention to certain aspects of body image on social media sites such as Instagram. But in general, you will find the web is full of supportive, helpful communities that all have one goal: helping you achieve your goals.
Reading blogs about other people’s journey’s, or following them live on social media, can help you recognize some of the challenges you’re facing, and this can also turn you onto some new things that might make it easier for you to achieve your goals.
Furthermore, the web gives us access to tons of academic research. It’s no secret the fitness space has been an area where scammers and people touting other hoaxes flourish.
But now, if you read a claim that seems too good to be true, or are curious to see why a certain supplement seems to be helping someone, you can usually find tons of information about this stuff from other sources, allowing you to make more informed fitness decisions that will put you more firmly on the path to success.
4. Technology Can Help with Fitness Goals – Connect with Fellow Athletes
In addition to this, technology makes it easier than ever for you to communicate and connect with like-minded individuals who have similar goals. Building such a relationship, even if it’s entirely digital, can be super helpful as it will give you someone to talk to who is going through a similar struggle.
Such a relationship can be even more motivating when the going gets tough. We all know how easy it is to give in and not work out after a long day, or to not push ourselves the way we had planned because we just want to get on with other things. But having someone there to encourage you will help build accountability, keeping you focused and working towards your goals.
If you can’t or don’t want to find someone connected to fitness, there are lots of coaches out there that will work with you over the phone or the internet to provide you with the social component of your fitness plan so that you can be more effective.
There are apps specifically designed to do this, such as Jaha, which runs on iOS and you can purchase from Apple’s App Store, as well as RunSocial, and Strava, both of which are available to Apple and Android users. However, Facebook is another place to look, especially if you are interested in meeting people in your local area with whom you can connect in person.
5. Technology Can Help with Fitness Goals – Make Use of Your Exercise Time
While it shouldn’t be this way, time is often one of the main reasons why we forgo working out so we can do other things. It’s time well spent, sure, but going to the gym or for a run can often feel like a chore, especially when you’ve got other things to do.
However, technology makes it easier than ever to multi-task. You can listen to podcasts or watch videos that are relevant to something else in your life, or you can even spend time on the treadmill or stationary bike reading or catching up on the news.
Of course, in an ideal world, you would leave your workout time for just working out, as disconnecting from the rest of your life is often one of the best perks of exercising. But for those days when it feels like the rest of your life is going to win out, knowing technology can help you have it all could be an important factor that encourages you to keep pushing forward.
Keep Working Towards Your Goals
Fitness is a journey, and in many ways, it’s also a lifestyle. The technology you use will support you in this journey, but these tools will not, by themselves, deliver results. In the end, that’s up to you and your commitment to getting and staying well.
However, this drive usually comes after you’ve directly experienced the benefits of focusing on your fitness, and technology can help get you to this point more quickly, bringing you that much closer to achieving your goals.
About the author: Graham Salwell…
Graham is a self-confessed tech nerd and fitness enthusiast. When he’s not writing content on technology and digital business you can find him running in the park and open spaces around Los Angeles.