New Year’s Eve has come and gone — but that doesn’t mean your resolutions should come and go along with it. Unfortunately, 80% of people fail at their New Year’s resolutions by February, according to one statistic, so the odds are stacked against you from the get-go.
You’ve probably made it abundantly clear to your friends that 2018 is your year to get “lean and mean,” but if you’re already doubting your ability to live up to this promise, perhaps a little help from the app store could help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions. These 6 tools go beyond your basic calorie-tracking or step-tracking apps to provide a better and more effective workout experience for users. Most importantly, they’ll encourage you to be active, healthy, and balanced every day of 2018 — no matter what else happens in our chaotic world.
If your goal is to get fit, bulk up, or maintain a routine at the gym, then Fitbod (available for free on iOS) is your app. Fitbod uses artificial intelligence to learn from your past workouts to recommend personalized exercises based on your preferences, struggles, and available gym equipment.
“It’s a fitness app that develops a program for you based on your goals, recovery state (meaning it adjusts the workout each time you hit the gym), time frame, and fitness level,” says Chris Matsui, C.S.C.S. of Fusion Performance Training. “The beauty of the app is that it evolves along with you. If you don’t like a certain exercise, swipe it out and it won’t come back up. If you want to target your glutes that day, select glutes in the ‘target muscle groups’ and Fitbod will populate a new workout including glute exercises.”
8fit (available for free on Android, iOS) makes it easy to skip the gym and opt for an at-home program without compromising the quality of your workout. This app focuses on tabata, a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout that alternates between intense exercises to keep your heart rate up and rest periods to keep you going. HIIT training is predicted to be one of the top fitness trends of 2018, and 8fit not only makes HIIT exercises more accessible, it offers nutritional guides to boost your results as well. It also provides s a social media-based community to support you every step on the way to completing your New Year’s resolutions
Strava Running And Cycling Gps
Finding the perfect route for your long-distance workout can be even more difficult than completing the workout itself. Strava (available for free on Android, iOS) makes this simple. The app boasts features for athletes, made by athletes. You can challenge yourself by picking routes that athletes near you have curated, then compete head-to-head with them.
Strava dives deep into data by analyzing every aspect of your workout, connecting you with a global community that will help push, motivate, and keep your running and/or cycling performance at the highest level throughout the year.
We all know that while eating healthy at home is relatively easy, it’s going out to eat that becomes a struggle with maintaining your diet goals. That’s why HowUdish (available for free on iOS) is the perfect app to help you meet your fitness goals in 2018. The app offers location-based menu suggestions based on your dietary needs, making it an ideal option for avid travelers or foodies.
To keep on track with New Year’s fitness goals, it is vital to remember to stay balanced and not to push too hard at the beginning of the year. You’re playing the long game here. The Mindfulness app (available for free on iOS, Android) offers timed meditation courses that range from three-to thirty-minute sessions with built in reminders and tracking to help you keep going.
“While it may not seem like an obvious fitness app, I recommend meditation apps to my clients to help them get into the proper mindset to meet their goals and keep their resolutions,” says Jessica Cording, MS, RD, an NYC- based health coach. Adding meditation to your routine could prove to be the best move you make toward achieving your fitness goals.
if becoming a master yogi is your New Year’s resolution, then this is your app. Whether you are a beginner or an expert at practicing yoga, Daily Yoga (free on Android and iOS) lets you squeeze in a session on any device at any time. This app adds serenity to your life by offering more than 100 yoga classes, personalized data, and even playlists to help you get your “om” on.
Of course, there’s more to keeping your New Year’s resolutions than downloading some apps and joining a gym. Harvard Medical School suggests making SMART goals — specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Now, get out there and kick 2018’s ass! You’re welcome for pushing you to live your best life.
By Scott Bay