Take the technology assist
Many of the basic principles of health and fitness are fairly low tech. Though there’s lots of nuance and ongoing research, directions like eat better (and maybe less), move more, get enough sleep, and stay hydrated aren’t inherently complex.
“Simple” isn’t the same as “easy.” If it was easy, everyone would already be doing it!
So, when there’s technology available to assist you, you may as well give it a try.
“Wearable tech” has been the big, hot thing of the last several years — and for good reason. In the calories in v. calories out equation of weight management/loss, it’s always been much easier to track the “in” side with reasonable confidence by scribbling on the back of an envelope. But the “out” side was a big problem — too many variables to calculate...and our own rough estimates of our energy expenditure tend to be waaaay too generous! But most wearables, in the form of fitness trackers like those from Fitbit, Jawbone, BodyMedia, Garmin and Nike, among others, can claim accuracy of 85% or higher. So, they do provide a set of data points that weren’t really available before. Those devices will set you back $100-$200.
Then, there are the phone apps. Many of us are rarely more than a couple of feet from our smart phones at any given time. And are there ever apps to help us log our food, activity or other physical metrics, remind us to do things that are “good for us” until we’ve set them as new positive habits, and look up the information that can help us make better decisions. And, many of these apps are free. Lists of favorite apps are published/updated frequently online, so Google what you’re interested in and get some suggestions. You may be surprised at what else you find!
Here's one list | and another | and another | and another
**Feel free to offer your favorite app suggestions in the comments!
Where did 2015 go? Hopefully, it's been a collection of good times, good friends and a fitter YOU! No matter your fitness right now, though, you can always use a few extras in your toolbox. Or, maybe you're in the process of transforming yourself, and looking for concrete steps to help you reach your goals. We'd like to offer you 30 tips (and a bonus) to assist as we launch ourselves into 2016: