If you have New Year’s resolutions around health and fitness, you’re not alone Most resolutions centre around this area, but sadly most are abandoned by February. But with some clever technology you can up your chances of success.
1. Count calories
One of the most popular resolutions is to watch what you eat, and there are a host of tools available to make that really straightforward. Perhaps the most popular is MyFitnessPal, which has a really clever feature where you can input your food by simply scanning the bar code with your camera – this makes logging food really simple so that you’re more likely to stick to it. The app will even let you enter a target weight and help steer you towards it by setting daily calorie allowances.
2. Track your weight
If you’re counting calories, then you also need to weigh yourself. Regular mechanical scales are OK. but you can buy internet-connected scales which will automatically feed data back to apps every time you step on. These super smart scale reveal variations of the fat-lean ratio and Body Mass Index to make sure you set a goal that’s right for your body type. Measure your pulse through your feet to aim to lower your standing heart rate, a good indicator of your heart strength. Misfit, Withings and Jawbone have models that can do this, as well as record your body fat ratio, and draw graphs over time as well.
3. Track your activity
If you spend your day behind a desk, then a wearable tracker could give you some motivation to get out and put some steps. It allows you to record your time over distance, set some personal bests and attempt to beat them. Popular choices include Jawbone and Withings, but if you don’t have the budget, you can get the Misfit range.
4. Monitor your sleep
We need a decent amount of sleep each night to stay healthy, although exactly how long varies from person to person. Lots of fitness trackers also measure how much sleep you get by using their motion sensors – they can see by how much you fidget what stage of sleep you’re in, and when you wake. If you don’t have one of these then you can buy special monitors such as the Withings Aura which will do it, although it costs more than buying a pedometer.
With these great tech tools, you have help at the touch of a button. Take action and make your health goals happen this year
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