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How Fitness Apps can be part of a Healthy Lifestyle

In this day and age it can seem difficult to keep a healthy lifestyle when you’re juggling studying, work, family or even social commitments. Nowadays, most people are in sedentary jobs, which means we are not getting any of our daily physical activity. Having a sedentary lifestyle is not good news as it has been linked to all kinds of health problems such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

You may think, “I’m not that bad”, but we have to admit that trying to keep fit is a big step in preventing us from getting to that point one day. You could argue that “I don’t have the time”, or “I can’t afford the gym”; but what if you didn’t need a lot of time, or money, to get healthy?

There are all kinds of technology out there to help with fitness. The most popular of these technologies are fitness apps. Fitness apps have become the go-to tool to help people maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Fitness apps offer many advantages to our everyday lives. Research has suggested that fitness apps can create behavioural change that promotes engagement in physical exercise.

As a passionate club runner, I’m always working on my fitness – and that relies on progress. If I couldn’t keep track of progress, I wouldn’t be able to reach my target goals. By tracking my progress with a fitness app, I’m keeping myself motivated; knowing that I’m improving as a runner, and that my training is paying off.

Another appeal of good fitness apps, are the visual elements that show your progress using progress charts. Seeing your progress in graphs helps to show things clearer, such as: ‘How long till you reach your goal?’, ‘What was your best week?’, and ‘How do you compare to other runners?’ (my favourite).

Popular Fitness Apps

C25k

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/c25k-5k-trainer-free-go-from/id485971733?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.c25k&hl=en

Strava

https://itunes.apple.com/app/strava-cycling/id426826309?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.strava

Freeletics Bodyweight

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/freeletics-bodyweight-workouts/id654810212?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.freeletics.lite&hl=en

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