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5 Ways technology keeps me accountable to my fitness goals

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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.5 Ways Technology Keeps Me Accountable to my Fitness Goals

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.5 Ways technology keeps me accountable to my fitness goals

My fitness goals this year are the same as last year.

  1. Exercise four days a week.
  2. Keep my weight under 130 pounds.
  3. 300 crunches 3 times a week.
  4. 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

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.5 Ways Technology Keeps Me Accountable to my Fitness Goals2- 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.5 Ways technology keeps me accountable to my fitness goals

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.

5 Ways Technology Keeps Me Accountable to my Fitness Goals

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


5 Ways Technology Keeps Me Accountable to my Fitness Goals

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20 thoughts on “5 Ways technology keeps me accountable to my fitness goals

  1. Oh now see, this is just what I need too. I hate working out but having the motivation would really help keep me going.

  2. All the tools are there, I just need to get onboard with actually using them! Technology is so amazing and it’s great when it’s used to help keep our bodies healthy and strong.

  3. Technology is giving us no excuses to not be healthy and in shape. These fitness watches are nothing short of amazing.

  4. Technology has touched all spheres of our lives and health and fitness too. Recently I too got an activity watch and guess what this has completely changed my fitness regimen, I feel more motivated and also on top of my fitness goals.

  5. This watch sounds like a heavy competitor against the usual fitness watches that are available in the market. It’s really awesome and the features are perfect for anyone who’s working out and exercising!

  6. My fitbit has REALLY gotten by butt into gear. I am super competitive, so I am definitely motivated by trying to match my amount of physical activity from prior days…and my sleeping routine, too!

  7. It is amazing the amount of technology out there to help with so many different things these day be it fitness to sleep. I love the idea of counting steps.

    1. I agree Sarah! I love seeing how much sleep I’m getting and tracking how much time I spend sitting per day. These apps are amazing at providing insight.

  8. I think anything to keep up on fitness goals is always a good thing! I am glad you have found something that works for you. I love all of the features the watch and app have!

    1. Thanks Emily! I need the motivation for sure.

  9. 70,000 steps.. that is impressive! That watch is beautiful! I love having ways to motivate me to stay fit. I’ll have to check this out, my old fitness tracker bit the dust.

    1. I was shocked myself. You just don’t know how much your moving over a few weeks with out apps like these.

  10. I have also seen people saying technology has many negatives. I don’t see them at all, technology helps my son communicate. It’s great you’ve found something to help you with your routine.

    1. This Nokia Steel HR definitely lets me communicate. I love how the messages show up on it.

  11. What an awesome watch! I have a watch that just tells me the time, I think I need to upgrade!

  12. There are so many different apps out there to use to keep a person on track for working out. Does help keep one motivated and reaching goals.

  13. This looks like such a cool fitness tracker. I have one from Fitbit that keeps me in check. I try to get 10,000 steps a day.

  14. I think this is an awesome way to make use of the tech that we have available today. I’m glad to see a lot of people focusing on their health! It motivates me to keep going as well.

  15. I had a fitness tracker and was using it for a while, but stopped for some reason. I need to find it and start wearing it again because it really helped me stay on track.

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