Friday, July 5, 2013

Get Fit Friday Week 2

To start your journey of healthy eating and exercise, you'll need determination. You'll need to know in your heart that enough is enough and you deserve the body you want. It's tough work, but stay motivated and you can move mountains.

Let's start with the apps I use. There are plenty of calorie counting apps on your smartphone. My personal favorite is Myfitnesspal. It's easy to search for the food you have. It even has a bar-code scanner so you're able to scan the foods you eat to make things even easier!

"In one of the longest running and largest weight loss studies ever conducted, Dr. Jack Hollis found that simply writing down the foods you eat encourages you to consume fewer calories, and that's the key to losing weight. You don't need expensive gym equipment or memberships to lose weight - you just need to keep track of what you eat.

“The more food records people kept, the more weight they lost. Those who kept daily food records lose twice as much weight as those who kept no records. It seems that the simple act of writing down what you eat encourages people to consume fewer calories.”
 Dr. Jack Hollis - Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research MyFitnessPal saves you the trouble of carrying around a notepad and pen to track your calories. Log your foods on our website or mobile apps, and your calories are seamlessly synced between them. There's no math to do - we add everything up for you and keep track of how many calories you have left."

Another calorie-counting app is called LoseIt.

Calorie counting made simple.

Who needs points? Lose It! has a large, verified food database makes calorie tracking incredibly easy. Log past meals, input custom foods, or search by brands.

Share your favorites.

Have a really great meal you want to share? Lose It! makes it easy to share foods and recipes with your friends. Our users love sharing new healthy options.

Scan & done.

Finding and logging foods is as easy as pie with bar code scanning. Just use your phone's camera to scan the barcode on your food and it's added to your log.

The next app I like to use is Mapmyrun. This one is only useful if you're like me and don't have a treadmill. I use this app while I walk around my neighborhood. 

 "MapMyFitness is a fitness tracking application that enables you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all of your fitness activities. Record your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled on an interactive map. You can even effortlessly save and upload your workout data to MapMyFitness where you can view your route workout data, and comprehensive workout history."


Here are a few other fitness apps.

This is one of the most creative apps out there. Put your headphones on, press start, and start running. And that's when you'll hear them...ZOMBIES! This app is a running game and audio adventure, co-created with award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman. As you run, dodge zombies and follow orders from the voice recordings. Before you know it, you've just completed a successful run.
Get the support and motivation you need to start your journey and finish a 5K. Train for 30 minutes a day, three days a week, in nine weeks. Utilize various training tools, music-sync programs and virtual coaching to run 3.1 miles.

Say goodbye to boring sit-ups and treadmill runs. With Obstacles XRT, you can jump over tires, escape quicksand, and crawl under fences. All in the comfort of your own home—no equipment needed. Obstacles XRT uses plyometrics and HIIT training to get your blood flowing and fat burning. Get ready for an extreme workout.

If you're just starting out with exercising, I would recommend doing challenges! It builds up your workout tolerance level and it doesn't take up as much of your time everyday. You can find challenges on pinterest by doing a simple search, but here are my 3 current favorite challenges. (click the picture to enlarge)

Also, make yourself a fitness jar. For each workout you do, reward yourself with $1 - $5. When you reach $100, you can spend all the money on yourself! 

Next week I'll give you basic information you'll need to know about your body and how it works so you can make healthy decisions.


Alex said...

Love these ideas Lake!

The Zombie app cracked me up! Maybe my computer isn't showing it, but I don't see the names of the last 3 apps you mentioned?

Alex said...

Downloaded the mapmyfitness app, LOVE IT! Thanks for the suggestion!