Smart phone in hand

Smartphones have become a fixture of our modern lives.   There are apps for everything, so why not use your phone to help you get ahead with your fitness goals?  Here are three ways that your phone will jumpstart your workouts and keep you on track.

1. Use a tracking and fitness apps

Studies show that people who track their food intake can lose up to twice as much weight as those who don’t.  Why does it work?  Well, one reason could be that it makes you more accountable.  If you’ve got to write down that third piece of pizza or extra handful of chips, you might think twice about eating them.  Plus, apps can do much more than help you track your food intake.  You can record your workouts, plan your vitamin schedule, and check on your BMI with a specially built calculator.  One app we love at NeeBooFit is Fitness Buddy, an app that offers more than 1,700 exercises with step-by-step instructions.  You can refine your search by exercise equipment, so grab your favorite NeeBooFit bands, search for “resistance bands,” and get moving!

2. Use alarms and timers

We all get busy.  Sometimes, at the end of a long day, working out is the last thing on our minds.  So, set an alarm on your phone to go off daily and remind you to get off the couch and get moving.  If you’ve had a difficult time motivating, consider using your phone’s timer to workout in very short intervals.  While watching your favorite show, jog in place for just 3 minutes.  You might be surprised: just a small amount of movement can promote even more exercise.

3. Find some motivation

Sometimes a little boost is just what you need to get yourself over a little bump in the road. If you find yourself slowing down on your path towards your goals, use your phone to find photos and quotes that remind you of your end goals. Do you have a dress you’re trying to fit into? A photo of yourself when you were in the best shape of your life? A great quote that reminds you why you want to get fit? Set that image to show up on your lock screen. That way, you’ll get a boost of motivation every time you look at your phone. Change it frequently and you’ll get a little reminder that keeps you on track.