Helpful Apps to Track Your Fitness Goals in the New Decade

Embarking on a new healthy lifestyle typically involves making changes to both your diet and activity levels, focusing on goals such as getting healthier, losing weight, and gaining muscle. In the past, tackling these goals might have involved keeping a health journal on paper where you would record your weight and measurements so you could track your progress and see changes as they happened. People also kept food journals, recording their meals and caloric intake, so they could make sure they made healthy food choices. Today, technological advances have made it easy to monitor activities and track progress using fitness apps. It's even possible to find a doctor to help diagnose symptoms with some fitness and health apps. Installing these apps on a mobile device enables you to take them with you wherever you go, recording your workouts, meals, weight, and measurements.

If you want help tracking your progress with strength training, many apps can assist you. Strength training has a number of important health benefits, including increasing muscle mass and bone density, enhancing joint flexibility and balance, and helping you maintain a healthy weight. Downloading and installing an app on your smartphone can help you focus on your strength training goals, monitoring your achievements and tracking your progress. Some apps are free, and other apps have a one-time or recurring subscription fee for using them. Apps that require a fee will often let you try them for a limited time or on a limited basis for free, which helps you know that you like the app before buying it. Fitbit's app is one such strength-training tool, giving you the ability to create customized routines that fit your fitness level and goals. This app has a free tier, and it also has a premium level that you can pay for monthly or annually. Jefit is another weight-lifting app that allows you to create a full workout schedule, entering different exercises into a calendar so you can plan your workout days and rest days. You can also enter the weights you use and the number of sets and reps you do so you can track your progress. You can use Jefit's free app or upgrade to a premium level with a one-time payment.

Wearable fitness trackers such as those by Fitbit and Garmin, the Samsung Galaxy Fit, and the Apple Watch stay with you all day to track your activities, and these devices have apps designed to work with them. The Fitbit Versa is compatible with both Android and iOS; it can track your heart rate and sleep, and it can integrate with many convenient smartphone features as well, such as texting and calling. The Apple Watch has similar capabilities, except it isn't designed to track sleep. Prices for wearable fitness trackers vary significantly depending on the features you want.

If you want an app to help you monitor your activity and overall fitness, you have many from which to choose. Apps have different features, with some offering more of a personal coaching experience and others having goal-tracking features to help you monitor your progress. MapMyRun is a popular exercise-tracking app for runners that can record the amount of time you spend running, your route, and your pace. You might also try the Nike Run Club app, which includes guided runs with motivational coaching as well as detailed tracking of your pace, elevation, and other statistics.

Tracking your diet with an app eliminates a lot of the guesswork of counting calories. The MyPlate app can help with calorie-counting and weight management and also provides recipes. You'll get access to a nutritional analysis of the foods you eat, too. You have the option to use this app for free, or you can also upgrade to a monthly, biannual, or annual membership. Or you could use Lifesum to track your calories and determine how much you should be eating to achieve your goals. The app gives you a daily budget of calories as well as menu suggestions. Enter your foods and you'll get nutrition information. Lifesum has a free level, and you can also invest in a premium level with a monthly, biannual, or annual fee.

Check out these sites to learn more about the different fitness apps available:

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Tomas Hoyos

Tomas is the co-founder and CEO of Voro, the healthcare social network where people share doctor recommendations with their friends and neighbors. Tomas loves a good book and mostly writes about current events in healthcare and tips to stay healthy. Prior to co-founding Voro, Tomas was a healthcare investor and investment banker. Tomas is a graduate of Harvard University where he majored in Government.