6 Fitness Apps to Reboot Your New Year's Resolution - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on February 02, 2016

6 Fitness Apps to Reboot Your New Year's Resolution

Fitness apps and devices can help motivate you – they can remind you of your goals, teach you new ways to achieve them and track your success.

Fitness apps can remind you of your goals,
teach you new ways to achieve them and
track your success.

We're one month into the new year and if you’ve set a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, get active and improve your overall health, it can feel difficult to stay motivated - you may have already given up.

You know eating healthier and getting fit can prevent you from developing chronic health conditions and lengthen your life. However, that overarching goal may not be in the forefront of your mind when it comes time to eat dinner or go to the gym. That’s when apps and devices can help motivate you – they can remind you of your goals, teach you new ways to achieve them and track your success.

Here are some of the best apps (and one fitness tracker) to help you keep your New Year’s resolution on track.

HabitBull

Habit Tracker

Whether you’re trying to kick a bad habit or start a healthy, new habit, this app can help. Enter your goals into this app, check them off each day, week or month you meet them, and keep track of your success. Whether you’re trying to quit smoking or trying to fit in 150 minutes of physical activity per week, HabitBull will remind you of these goals and create fun graphs and statistics to show you how much progress you’re making. The app also provides you with inspirational quotes and access to specialized discussion forums to get motivated.

MyFitnessPal

Calorie Counter

If your goal is to lose weight or eat healthier, this free app can come to the rescue – you can also access it on the Web too. It’s a diet and fitness tracker, giving you access to a database of nutritional information for 3 million foods, ranging from generic food nutritional information to specific brands and restaurants. You can also use the app to scan food packaging barcodes for detailed nutrition facts. MyFitnessPal also monitors your fitness – you can manually enter your work out details or sync it with a fitness tracking device.

Based on your weight loss goal and physical activity, MyFitnessPal calculates how many calories you should consume per day and can even alert you to when you’ve consumed too much sodium, sugar or saturated fat. MyFitnessPal also has a blog full of diet, fitness and recipe tips to help you toward your goal.

SparkPeople

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker

SparkPeople is similar to MyFitnessPal – it helps you track what you’re eating and offers personalized meal plans, syncing up with your fitness regimen. SparkPeople turns it into a game with trophies, badges and points as a reward for certain actions. This website also has forums with experts, articles, and recipes.

HealthyOut

Healthy Meal Finder

It’s hard enough to maintain a healthy diet, let alone when you’re going to a restaurant or picking up takeout. HealthyOut is a healthy meal finder app that helps you find healthy restaurant dishes and prepared grocery items nearby. It comes with a diet and food filter to help you filter by cuisine, ingredients and type of dish. In fact, the app has a “Not a Salad” feature allowing you to find a dish that can be just as healthy as the typical salad

Strava

Running and Cycling GPS

This app is essentially a fitness social networking platform. Strava lets you track your running and riding with GPS, join clubs and challenges, share photos from your activities, and follow friends. If you run or bike a certain spot on the app map faster than anyone else, you’ll earn the title “King of the Mountain.”

Fitbit

Fitness Tracker & App

It seems like you can’t go anywhere without spotting someone wearing a fitness tracking device, such as Fitbit. You may view them as a short-lived trend, but they can do much more than tracking each step you take. Yes, of course they track your steps, but they also encourage you to take at least 10,000 steps each day. It also tracks your calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, and sleep. Depending on the type of Fitbit you wear, it can also track your heart rate.

The accompanying Fitbit app lets you connect with your fellow Fitbit-using friends to challenge each other to out step each other. This app also syncs with MyFitnessPal, Strava, SparkPeople and many other fitness and nutrition apps to give you an overall picture of your health each and every day.

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