If most of you are like me and are always looking for anything and everything that can make your life just a little simpler and relieve just a little stress, then you will definitely benefit from the information I am going to share with you in this post today! As a follow-up to my last post, I am going to start sharing with you what I have been using and doing to lose weight, get in shape, and keep it off. To begin, I want to share with you the tools and apps that I use, and highly recommend that you also use, to get you started on your healthy lifestyle journey!
SO, LET’S GET STARTED WITH THE BASICS!
Here’s a list of my Favorite go-to daily Tools and Apps that help me keep on track and make the stress of losing weight just a little easier.
- First and foremost, I recommend that you have something to help you track your steps every day. Preferably a device that will motivate you with reminders to get up and get moving. I prefer the iWatch from Apple as it ties into my phone well and tracks everything I need it to track for my workouts, my personal life, and my work life. You can use this or a FitBit or some type of Android device, etc. It’s your preference. Just make sure it can track your steps and provide regular reminders.
- I also recommend that you maintain a food journal/log. Doing this not only helps you to ensure that you are staying within a healthy calorie range, but it also gives you that extra sense of accountability that we all desperately need. You can do this via paper and pen or you can download an app to help you with this. I prefer the use of an app since I am a tech geek. I love the MyFitnessPal app because it not only provides an easy means of tracking my nutrition intake but also incorporates in my workouts and steps every day and ensure the calories burned from each step/workout is taken into consideration. This app also provides challenges, with tangible rewards, that can help keep you motivated to keep moving. When you enter your information into this App, it will give you a recommended calorie limit for every day. As a woman at my age and weight, I stick to 1200 calories or less per day. Make sure you know what your limit should be for your gender, age, and weight.
- Another App that I love and recommend is called Rally. I initially signed up for this App because it is used by my employer to keep employees motivated to stay healthy by offering leave incentives. Once I started using it, I realized it’s also used by many other people who are not a part of my workforce and provides many other incentives, such as Amazon gift cards, Kitchen aid appliances, Fitbits, Digital scales, etc. There are many rewards you can enter to win. The more points you collect for your healthy habits, the more chances you have of winning! I don’t know about you, but expensive rewards definitely help keep me motivated!
- In addition I also recommend the app called Productive. This app is awesome for helping you set daily habits, in all aspects of your life, and reminding you to meet them on the schedule of your choosing. You can look back on your week or month and see how well you have been doing each day. If you do not make your health and fitness a habit then you will never achieve your goals.
- A decent scale and measuring tape. I know, no one likes to look at numbers, trust me I don’t either, but the good news is when you start to see those numbers change, you will be even more inspired to keep moving forward. Don’t let yourself get discouraged, just use the numbers as fuel to keep motivated to do better every day! They will likely start changing at some point and then you have to decide if you are satisfied with what you have accomplished or if you think you can do better. It’s all about how you feel physically and mentally. You decide who you want to be!
- Last, but not least, I highly recommend that you keep a journal. I use an app called Day One for my journaling. It helps to keep track of your progress, in your own words, and include how you feel about the way things are going. Not to mention, journaling is a HIGHLY recommended tool for stress relief! If you don’t want to use an app, pen and paper work great too!
I really hope this helps you along your journey as much as it has helped me. There are so many tools and apps out there now that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and become confused. Start simple and add to it if you need. Always find what works best for you and stick to it.
– Remember, If You Change Nothing, Nothing Will Change.