SO you’ve made your list of resolutions. You’ve made up your mind, and you’ve told your family and friends. Now comes the hard part – sticking to your guns and following through on your best laid plans. In this multi-part series I’ve compiled a list of top tools, tech and tips to help get you there based on the some of the top New Years resolutions for 2017, according to Statistic Brain. Click on your 2017 resolution below to be directly linked to that article in the series.
- Lose Weight/Healthier Eating (covered in this article)
- Life/Self Improvement
- Better Financial Decisions/Financial Security
- Quit Smoking
- Spend more time with Family/Friends
- Learn something new
- Find a better job
Weight Loss/Healthier Eating
As we become more dependent on technology and social media, why not learn to use them to your advantage to reach your health and fitness goals? Below are 5 fitness apps to consider:
- MyFitnessPal – created and owned by Under Armour: tracks your exercise and food intake with a searchable database, and allows you to connect with your friends via contacts or Facebook to help keep you motivated. Also syncs with other apps and devices like FitBit, Jawbone UP, Pact and Apple Watch (to name a few). Cost: Free
- Pact – put your money where your mouth is! This free app allows you to make wagers with real money to ensure you make your workouts, eat more veggies, or log your food intake. Follow through and you’ll earn anywhere from $0.30 – $5.00 per week. Fall flat, and the app will directly debit your bank account for the amount you wagered on your Pact. If money motivates you, this is your app! There is some real earning potential (and losing potential, but hopefully only weight).
- Nike+ Training Club – Not a gym rat and don’t even know where to begin? This app can help you create a custom workout or 4-week program tailored to your experience level (beginner, intermediate or advanced). Cost: Free
- Daily Burn – Customized workout videos based on your fitness style preferences (yoga/pilates based, cardio, weight training) and skill level. Choose from over 500 workouts led by certified trainers, and choose your level (easy, medium or hard workouts) and length of time you have to work out (15 min – 1 hour). Stream the workouts on your tablet, phone, laptop or TV. Cost: 30-day Free Trial ($14.99/mo thereafter for access)
- 7-Minute Workout Challenge- Backed by actual research (published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Journal) this workout is made up of a series of 12 body weight exercises (think push-ups, planks and squats) performed for 30 seconds in a circuit with 10 seconds rest between each exercise, and rivals the results of a traditional one-hour workout IF done at a high intensity with limited rest. The app includes full video and audio instruction, with step-by-step guidance and verbal cues for when to begin and when to rest. Workout logs trigger achievements and awards that are unlocked the more you exercise, perfect to keep you motivated. Cost: $2.99
Three weight loss and fitness products you absolutely cannot live without in 2017:
Planning is everything when it comes to sticking to your meal plan. These meal prepping containers will help ensure you always have a quick, well-proportioned and healthy meal in reach.
Hydration is essential for health and well-being. Drinking more water has probably landed on my New Year’s resolution list for the past decade (or more). It is an ongoing problem for me. Often, I just don’t think about my thirst or water intake very often. This thermos is the perfect solution! It has a built-in smart lid that measures your water intake and tracks it against your hydration goals in an app. It can also link with your FitBit account.
3. The Workout Log by Joe Oliver – A journal to log your workouts and track your progress. Small and compact enough to carry around the gym, spiral bound with a plastic cover. You can log weight and reps for 6 sets, and 15 different workouts per page, with a section for notes/comments at the bottom of each page.
There you have it, a fistful of ammunition to fuel your 2017 goals and resolutions. With all the available tech and tools at your fingertips, the only thing you have to worry about is maintaining your motivation. Is there an app for that? Well, of course there is!
I hope you’ll join me in the next article in the series, “Tech and Tools to get you closer to your New Year’s Resolutions, Part II: Life and Self Improvement“