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Use Tech To Help You Get Fit in 2017

New year, new me.

Christian, my director of service operations, and I committed to regularly exercising in 2017. Our always full schedules pose a challenge, but I’m proud to say we’ve faithfully hit the gym as scheduled the first two weeks of the year.

So have many others who made similar resolutions.

If you’re like me, sometimes it’s extremely easy to give up on your fitness resolution once you get off track. Maybe an illness or schedule conflict causes you to miss some sessions. Maybe you get bored with your exercise routine.

Technology can be your ally to help you maintain and achieve your fitness goals.

The Ultimate Fitness App

Knowing what exercises to do, how to properly execute them, and keeping track of your progress can overwhelm you quickly.

I’ve found the Fitness Buddy app by Azumio to be one of the best to take care of all this. Its database contains over 1700 exercise moves – complete with step-by-step photos and videos. Some exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home, while others utilize gym equipment.

Fitness Buddy provides an easy-to-use log to track your exercise sets, as well as important body measurements – all showing your improvement over time.

The premium paid version, which I don’t use yet, offers several advanced features.

Work Out for Charity

Helping others often motivates us to continue when we feel like giving up.

The free Charity Miles app lets you earn money for one of 37 charities every time you run, walk or bicycle. Charities include St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, Feeding America, Autism Speaks, and Stand Up to Cancer.

Corporate sponsors donate a few cents for every mile you complete.

Why not give back while getting in shape?

Wearable Fitness Tracker

Dozens of fitness trackers crowd the marketplace. They all count your steps and monitor your sleeping patterns.

New wearable technology offers you more advanced, more useful and more practical features to make working out more fun and more beneficial.

Although I don’t own a pair, probably the best multi-function fitness tracker I’ve seen reviewed is the Jabra Sport Coach Special Edition.

These wireless earbuds not only provide quality sound from your iPhone or MP3 player, but also include an automatic rep counting mode that tracks your sit-ups, press-ups and lunges. The included app to install on your mobile device offer slick music integration and is packed with a lot of workouts.

Have you decided to “get fit” in 2017? I’d love to hear your fitness goals and what technology you’re using to help you achieve them. Send me an email.