Traditional motivation methods in fitness include calorie counting and journaling, and they work remarkably well. (Studies show that people who journal lose twice more weight than those who don’t!) If these manual methods keep you on track, then why not let technology give a helping hand? Here are some ways tech can keep you motivated while on the go.
Power Music To Get Going
Perhaps the most basic way you can get motivated is by power music. I’m pretty sure by now you have a music player in some form. And if you don’t have one, get one. They’re cheap, easy to use, and even a 2GB memory card can fit more than 200 power songs for your playlist.
Find the songs and music tracks that fill you with energy. These are the songs that inspire you, make you feel good, and encourage you to go the extra mile. Don’t be embarrassed if songs like “Eye Of The Tiger” or the Rocky theme gets you going — that’s what headphones are for.
Apps To Keep Track
Music players are great. Smartphones are fantastic. A smartphone opens you up to vast markets of apps that can help you stay on track with your fitness goals. And now you can journal in style — instead of scribbling on a worn-out notepad, you can just whip out your smartphone and enjoy the stares you get at the gym.
Many of these apps are free, and they help you keep track of the meals you eat, the food products you buy, the calories you take in and burn, and the exercises you do. Some apps, like the Nike Training Club, also helps you zoom into the right exercises for your current fitness situation.
Inspirational Talks/Videos To Pick You Up
Sometimes, you may feel no motivation at all at the moment. What should you do? Some people go to the gym, log in a couple of hours, and then stumble onto the finish line, exhausted. Me? I’d much rather take a half-hour to tune in to an inspirational talk, video, or podcast to pick me up.
Inspirational talks, videos, and podcasts can make even your down-time more productive. They’ll help remind you WHY you’re doing what you’re doing, as well as teach you a few helpful lessons in life and time management.
Find talks/videos/podcasts from your favorite trainers and speakers, and mix them up in your playlist. A half-hour talk can make the remaining hour-and-a-half in the gym even MORE productive.
Tech To Help You Keep Going
Too many of us don’t recognize the motivational power our devices have for our lives. These are just some of the ways your gadgets and gizmos can help you go the extra mile. Take a look at the devices you own right now. How can THEY help you achieve your fitness goals?