Fitness & health apps have been popular way before covid came into the picture but especially now they are useful because not everyone is comfortable having a trainer face to face. Personally I have only used 2 health apps & both were for tracking my activity and eating habits (calories/macros). At the current studio I am working at, they follow precision nutrition as a base for our clients when talking nutrition but the company believes in MyFitnessPal as a tracking device for nutrition. I have never been a trainer that pushes clients to track unless they are comfortable with that themselves, and if so, then I think MyFitnessPal is a fun, user friendly app to do so.
Fitness apps don’t only have to track your eating habits, but they are helpful for tracking your day to activity in and out of the gym, they can be helpful in making you accountable, and some of them provide extra information such as recipes, exercises for certain body parts, and classes one can take part in virtually — not to mention some of them offer some ways to stay social with like-minded individuals.
Those of us who have fitbits, smart watches and devices that track our health/wellness, we can connect them to the app and make it easier on ourselves for when we don’t always have our phones available. I love using my smartwatch because it tracks my steps and also has other health benefits that can be helpful for when I am lifting and/or doing some cardiovascular work. If nothing else, I think it is handy to keep something that motivates you to keep going! For those of us who use this method, we probably have noticed there are TONS of apps and honestly the majority of them are free (which makes choosing the right one more challenging) but the perk is we get to try them all and go at our own pace and base them on what we enjoy about fitness, what our goals are, and our lifestyles. Win-Win.
For those of you who aren’t into technology or prefer to keep things more simplified — pencil and paper works too! I use this method and have always used this method when writing down programs for clients and writing down my own workouts before heading to the gym. The visual is one thing but it is the concept of having to write it down that really sparks my interest with this method of tracking. I find that writing it down makes us more motivated to do something, like we took the time to write it, so now to put into action and when you see it written down in front of you, it sticks more. I love it!
By all means, no matter what you do to keep yourself accountable, make sure it works for you in a way that doesn’t become a chore or stressful. If tracking creates a bad cloud over your head, don’t do it! I always tell clients this because some people have had bad luck with tracking or just don’t like the concept of feeling bad about their habits when they look at the pattern — I find we all have our issues, and so we like what we like and if tracking isn’t for you, don’t feel bad. Just do you & keep things simple.