With the whole world constantly looking down at their phones, smartphone users are often seen as distracted from reality and deterred from being present in the physical world – sometimes even making them seem lazy. In fact, studies have shown that cell phone use has made modern day society more sedentary and less likely to be physically active. However, you can take advantage of what your smartphone has to offer to actually help improve your health and fitness and keep you active. Let’s take a look at the three ways your smartphone can help you reach your fitness goals.
Makes Your Workouts Easier
That’s right, your smartphone can actually make your workouts easier – or, maybe just more enjoyable. For example, newer phones like the Galaxy S9 plus are water and dust resistant. So you can go hard on your workouts at the beach or a hike up in the mountains without worrying about your smartphone getting damaged. In addition, many of the latest smartphones feature wireless charging and wireless headphone capabilities, so that you don’t have to worry about your phone dying or not having music to listen to on a long run or at the gym.
Keeps Track of Your Health
Most people might not know this already, but the iPhone and Apple Watch come equipped with a native Health app that records your steps throughout the day and tracks your fitness for you. The iPhone Health app not only monitors your physical activity, but also can keep track of your sleep patterns, mental mindfulness, nutrition, and other health data like recording weight or vitals. This is important because, in addition to being active, a good night’s sleep, mental health, and proper nutrition are all key to your overall health and well-being. The Health app consolidates data from your phone and syncs with other third-party fitness apps like Fitbit or Nike to track your progress more accurately. You track all of the details of your workouts including duration, calories burned and heart rate in real time.
Another way your smartphone can help you reach your fitness goals is to hold you accountable and keep you motivated. Your smartphone comes in handy for taking those before and after pictures, which will push you to see changes in your body, track your physical progress, and see your hard work come to life. In addition, there are tons of free apps you can download to help you stick to your goals and digitally track your progress. One of the most popular calorie counters and exercise trackers is MyFitnessPal. The MyFitnessPal app allows you full mobile access to your account so you can log your food and exercise immediately and can also sync with native health apps to include your daily steps in the equation. In addition to health and fitness trackers, another great way your smartphone can help you stay accountable is to set alarms and reminders. For example, you can set multiple alarms for those early morning workouts, and create reminders to drink more water throughout the day or get moving after long periods of sitting.
These 3 smartphone functions and features will help you stay active, accountable and motivated to be a better version of you. So, instead of being part of a statistic, you can use your smartphone to reach your health and fitness goals in no time.