Photo Via Pixabay
When you have a million and one things to do, tracking your health can be taxing. But technology can be a major asset to people who have busy schedules, are on a budget, or live in remote areas. Using apps, online classes, and DVDs can round out your healthy goal management.
Tracking calories and fitness is as easy as finding the “app for that.” Health and Fitness Magazine top apps of 2017 include old favorites like MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper, which are great for tracking your calories and exercise. Another app that allows you to get a workout while spending time with animals is offered by Rover. While not a traditional fitness app, Rover’s app allows you to connect with folks who need pet sitters or dog walkers. It’s an easy way to build a dog walking business, and it offers a great way to stay in shape while making a little extra money.
An app can be more than just a calculator and/or tabulator. In addition to reporting basic fitness and nutrition stats, advanced apps can track your pulse, blood sugar, and even screen worrisome moles. Remember, though, these apps should never take the place of regular check-ups.
If you’d rather go old school, home fitness DVDs have come a long way. Most fitness trends have a corresponding video you can try at home for a fraction of the price of a month of studio workouts. Whether you’re into barre, cardio, crossfit, or P90X – Fitness Magazine has a fantastic list of this year’s top tested workouts.
For most videos, all you need is a clear floor and a TV, but be sure to check the cover for equipment requirements, such as resistance bands or weights. Don’t forget to check out the time commitment, either. Some videos require a full hour, while others have workouts as short as 10 minutes.
The world of online fitness offers some amazing resources for everything from meditation to healthy eating, and there are plenty of free, high quality health channels. Tasty features colorful, stop-motion videos that show delicious, quick and easy meals. BeFit offers workouts that take it up a notch with popular trainers like Denise Austin and Jillian Michaels.
If “abs, abs, abs” aren’t your thing, DoYogaWithMe has a huge library of free yoga and meditation videos. A subscription is available for some services, but the free base level is plenty for the average user. It features tons of on-demand videos for beginner to advanced levels. If cooking doesn’t come naturally, Craftsy is a reasonably priced and informative site where you can pick up fun tips on ideas for cooking and how to use certain tools. If you want something a little more traditional, try allrecipes.com for a virtual treasure trove of easy to follow, healthy content.
From low-tech to high tech, pick a place to start that works for your budget and schedule. With so many options, you have hundreds of reasons to take control of your health this year.