How to Use Health & Fitness Apps

How to Use Health and Fitness Apps to Set Better Goals

One of the biggest reasons why people fail to achieve their health and fitness goals is because their goals aren’t well planned. There’s a fine line between a goal that motivates you and a goal you can achieve. People often go to opposite extremes with their goals… either overboard, or they aren’t big enough.

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Another mistake is to make your goal too vague. Health and fitness apps, or applications, can be a valuable resource, can help you overcome challenges and can guide you in setting better goals.

Appropriate Goals

Many health and fitness apps offer guidelines for goal setting. This information can help you set reasonable goals. For example, you might say that you want to consume 1200 calories a day. Many calorie counting apps will give you feedback that 1200 calories isn’t enough for your activity level, weight, and height. This type of information will help you begin to set reasonable goals – goals you can attain.

Additionally, by using a mobile health and fitness app to track your progress, you may begin to realize where your goal is off the mark. For example, if you track your calories for a week and you realize you normally consume 2000 calories a day and you want to lose weight, you may be able to cut 200 calories out of your meals and exercise away an additional 300 calories. That’s an additional pound of weight lost each week. An application can both help you set good goals from the beginning and help you assess your goals as you go.

Realistic Information

One of the reasons why people set goals that don’t work for them is because they don’t have the right information. For example, it’s easy to underestimate the number of calories you eat in a day. If you start exercising to lose weight, it may not come off as quickly as you’d like because your caloric intake is too high. Tracking applications will help you view the real data so you can make smarter decisions about setting and achieving your goals.

Community and Support

Many applications have a social function integrated into the app. You can connect with others who are using the health and fitness app and who are striving to achieve their own health and wellness improvements. You can leverage the abundance of knowledge, experience, and information the online community offers to help set better goals for yourself.  It’s reinforcing to know you’re not alone in your quest for better health and wellness.

For example, you might decide that you want to meditate every day. When you access the online community for a meditation app, you can read how people have succeeded with similar goals. You meditation_Wiertz Sébastienmight learn that meditating first thing in the morning is the key to success for many people. You can then set a goal to meditate every morning.

It’s true that health and fitness apps are great for helping you stay motivated and for providing real-time information. They can also be leveraged to set better health and fitness goals to help you get started on the right foot!

Helping You Live Healthier in a Major Way !

Cheryl A Major, CNWC

Cheryl A Major, Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant

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