You Can’t Improve What You Don’t Measure
Trying to lose or gain weight? Yearning to build bulk? Pushing to run further? Tracking your physical status is a good way to keep you motivated, by showing you how much you are progressing. Technology has changed the world of health and fitness with wearables that track and keep you updated on fitness and health status, based on your step count, sleep quality, calorie intake, and more.
iPhone and Apple lovers will know the iWatch. This smartwatch might be a bit costlier than most, but it offers many different features that sync up to iPhone’s health app, making it a well integrated health tracker. The latest waterproof version, Series 4, offers a proactive health monitor which detects falls, heart rate, sleep and provides an emergency SOS alert. It’s activity tracker, eg. pace detector for runners, makes it the ultimate workout buddy, helping you fulfil your personal fitness goals.
For a cheaper alternative, Fitbit caters to everyone, coming in different sizes and styles. Voted as the 2018 fitness tracker of the year by Wareable, the Fitbit Charge 3 offers the same fitness features as the iWatch. This fitness tracker even has a battery life of 7 days, and helps you track every inch of your physical activity, including workouts and sleep.
Other notable trackers include the fully sweat and waterproof, multi sport activity and sleep tracker Moov Now and Garmin Vivosmart 4.
Not sure which is the better choice? Ask yourself if you want a smart watch with calling, messaging, and functions of an iPhone, or do you want a tracker that is fully committed and focused on tracking your physical status?
Try something new
Challenging yourself with a new and different type of workout might help you get out of your slump. Fortunately, the fitness scene is very different these days, and is perfect for toe dippers, who want to sample a variety of new workouts before committing.
Grab your fitfam and visit F45. This Australian franchise has been blowing up the local fitness scene with its subscription-based package. You can attend as many classes in a day as you please. Training includes HIIT, circuit training, and functional training elements in a fun, yet gruelling 30-45 minutes. As stated on their website, they use a combination of interval, cardiovascular and strength training to burn fat, and build lean muscle. Beware before underestimating this workout, people have been known to walk out with legs trembling!
ClassPass is a great option for the fickle minded, providing a convenient platform that allows you to try different types of workouts from spin classes to yoga, island wide. The best part is that you can use your membership in 2,500 cities worldwide. On top of this, if you have no time to attend a class, you can even stream workouts at home with no extra charge.
If you’re finding it tough to stick with your current workout because of an old injury, or feel like you’ve hit a plateau, Core Collective doesn’t only offer fitness workouts and trainers, but also wellness practitioners who can help you improve your physical form. From personal trainers and physiotherapists, to nutritionists and naturopaths, this curated holistic space can help lift you from your rut.
If showering post workout is a must, consider doing a trial at one of the gym chains, such as Pure or Virgin Active, to get a taste of their variety of fitness classes.
Work out on your terms Although fitness apps are hardly a new thing, more and more are being downloaded, thanks to our increasing desire for things to be on demand. Influencers and celebrity personal trainers have helped to popularise fitness apps, providing an infinite offering of on-demand guided workouts in the comfort of your home.
BodySpace by Bodybuilding.com has been around for years. True to its name, the free app focuses on the bodybuilding community. In fact, the workouts on offer are designed by frequent gym users who feel that their specific workout set can help others with similar specific goals, such as fat loss or bulking up. Additionally, they also have a subscription-based platform for workout plans designed by professionals.
Fitplan is one of the more recent apps. Fronted by famous bodybuilders, fitness influencers and personal trainers, many fitness plans are available, catering to individual needs. Training ranges from home to gym workouts, ensuring that wherever you go, you’ll be covered. At $15.99 USD a month, it’s an affordable way to experiment with a wide range of goal-focused workouts.
Other apps worth considering include Nike+ Training Club and Run Club for the loyal nike fans who want all their workouts to sync up with their Nike profile. Kayla Itsines’s Sweat offers comprehensive workouts for both gym and at home, and caters to women who want to build lean a physique, and join a strong, like minded community. For the yogis, Pocket Yoga and Fitstar Yoga are convenient ways to practice poses and relieve stress on-the-go.
Try out some of these ways to help you get pumped up about working out again. And once you get bored of these, try some others. Afterall, variety is the spice of life. With so many tools at your fingertips, there’s no excuse for sitting on the sidelines!
BioMed-Chemist, Formulator, Fitness Freak & Full-time free spirit
Dedicated to helping people find their best self through nutrition and positive vibes.