5 Ways Technology Can Help You Achieve Your Goals
Although most of us associate sitting at a computer all day with a sedentary lifestyle, there are a lot of solutions out there that help you use technology to support your healthy lifestyle.
There are many ways technology can actually help you stay on track as you seek to accomplish your weight loss, fitness and other health goals. This includes everything from journaling to workout programs, social support from others with similar goals and challenges and gadgets that automatically track your activity and progress.
Journaling is by far one of the most important things a person can do when they are trying to lose or maintain their weight. Keeping track of daily progress through calories and activity is a great way to keep a person accountable for their actions (remember, journaling will only help as long as you track everything you eat and include all of your activity). Track your meals and workouts with some great resources for online journaling (these sites are all good and similar, it just depends on your personal preference and style).
Free Online Publications
Magazine subscriptions can get expensive if you wanted to purchase a magazine for every topic you were interested in reading about. Technology has saved us from that cost and helps us be more environmentally conscious as well. A lot of these online resources also have videos on particular topics, workouts or exercises.
You can get workouts and healthy recipes from these resources (you do not have to buy an online subscription to access this information).:
- MSN’s Fit Zone – Exercises for Every Major Muscle
- Fitness Magazine
- Shape Magazine
Social Support from Health Experts and Peers
Most of the websites mentioned in the Online Journaling section above have the ability for individuals to ask health and wellness experts questions regarding a particular topic. A lot of these sites have daily blogs, tips and resources.
Another nice aspect of a lot of these websites is that you join a community of others working toward a common goal. Within that social group, people share tips on what may or may not have worked for them, their spin on a certain recipe or workout and again, that overall support. These people can be the support givers, takers or both, it can be that unique of an experience for each person.
Weight Loss Gadgets
There are lots of gadgets that can help you maintain or lose weight, if you don’t mind making a small investment:
- Fitbit is a device that can be worn discretely and calculates how many steps a person takes, how many calories are burned, distance traveled and quality of sleep. This device will sync with your computer and smartphone and also update wirelessly when you walk by the base station.
- Mobile Apps: There are thousand of apps out there, including some that are free. Check out some of our top picks.
Active Video Games
Finally let’s have some fun while burning those calories! There are so many choices out there now that get us up off the couch so we can play with our kids or friends. If you have a gaming system, challenge yourself to get off the couch and play some active video games.
If you have any favorite technology solutions you like to use to maintain your healthy lifestyle, please let us know in the comments.
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