Are you like me? You love the results of working out, but are not in love with working out. That’s me in a nutshell. I love how amazing I look as a result of exercise, but some days I don’t want to get up and go to the gym, especially when it’s cold. My husband likes to say, “Know yourself” and what I know about myself is that I am a visual person. If I can see how good I’m doing or how consistent I’m being, I stay motivated. I used the keep a written habit tracker, until I got an activity watch and everything changed. I became more consistent and I had better data about my workouts.
I know a lot of people harp on the negatives of technology, but my fitness habits have become more aligned with the use of technology. Most of my core fitness goals are tracked using my Nokia Steel HR activity tracking watch. Using my activity tracking watch, which goes hand-in-hand with the Nokia Health Mate app I track my progress. It’s been monumental in helping me to level up in the area of fitness.
My fitness goals this year are the same as last year.
- Exercise four days a week.
- Keep my weight under 130 pounds.
- 300 crunches 3 times a week.
- Do cardio once a week.
These four things plus drinking plenty of water and eating right is the combination my body needs to operate at it’s peak performance. When I do these things I sleep better and have a better attitude, but it takes more than just writing them on paper to make me do them. Having a system for accountability and progress tracking is just as important as the goals. To track my progress I use the free Nokia Health Mate app, available for iOS and Android along with my Nokia Steel HR activity tracking watch.
5 Ways Technology Keeps Me Accountable to my Fitness Goals
1- Activity Tracking Watch
My Nokia Steel HR activity tracking watch (36mm: $179.95) allows me to track my steps, heart rate during workouts, average heart rate during the day, and overnight heart rate while sleeping. It’s water resistant up to 50M so I can wear it while I swim plus it can detect up to 10 other fitness activities. Heart rate, activity and sleep data automatically sync with the free Nokia Health Mate app, available for iOS and Android.2- Nokia Health Mate app
I didn’t know how useful a health app would be until I started using one. The Nokia Health Mate app lets me view a complete history of my health data so I can see trends, track progress, and improve over time. I found my husband and I sitting down and actually reviewing each others progress. It’s been a great way for us as a couple to stay in the know about each other’s health.
3- Social Media Networks
I like working out solo because I don’t like talking while I exercise. But once I’m done I take to social media to share my progress with my online community. This leads many women like myself, asking for advice and rooting me on. Social media networks allows me to share pictures and videos of my progress which keeps me motivated.
4- Workout Playlist
I have all of my songs memorized and I know which ones will get me pumped for each exercise. Having several playlist customized to my strength training, stretching or cardio routine makes my workouts bearable.
5- WiFi & Bluetooth Enabled Exercise Equipment
This is one of my favorite ways to work out with a group, but still be solo. Most of the exercise equipment at my gym allows me to join cycling classes virtually. Instead of having the show up for the scheduled live times at my gym, I have more options to when I attend virtually. All I do is hop on the bike, log in and see what classes are either in progress of starting soon. My cardio has really increased this year because of virtual live classes.
Staying fit is very different than it was a decade ago and I’m loving how the merge of technology makes it more enjoyable. I used to worry about missing important calls or notifications while working out, but my Nokia Steel HR shows my notifications for text messages, calls, and events on the digital screen. Are you a busy mom who finds it hard to carve out time for fitness? Let me know what your biggest struggle is in the comments below. I’m a mom of four and I can give you some tips to help you get past the roadblocks and on your way to a healthier you. And for anyone interested, get 10% off at the Nokia Health store through December 1, 2018 here with this code: NEWYOU-3ZT-F5E
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