In a society where time is extremely valuable and tasty treats are around every corner, it can be challenging to find the proper work/life balance to live a healthy life. If you are struggling with this balance, than take comfort in the knowledge that you are not alone. It is estimated that for every 5 people you know, 3 of them will be overweight. This unhealthy lifestyle that a lot of us are living needs to be changed.
One interesting trend that has a lot of potential is in fitness apps. Let’s take a moment to see if fitness apps really work and if they can really help you lose weight.
Fitness apps are defined as any piece of software that goes on your mobile device (phone, tablet, etc.) that helps to either motivate you or help you keep track of your fitness goals. Fitness apps are designed to help you lose weight by providing an easy means for you to track your progress. For example, if you want greater control over weight-loss, a fitness app can be a tool you use to measure the amount you exercise, the calories you burn, and the calories you consume as well.
Do Fitness Apps Work?
The answer is a little complicated. Simply put, they do work. However, there is a catch. For a fitness app to work, you have to be motivated to use it and continue using it to keep track of your fitness and weight loss. If you can keep up with using a fitness app, then you will see results. This finding is pretty much ubiquitous among fitness apps. So then, why do people struggle to use them?
The drawback of fitness apps is that they require your time and attention. While there are a range of apps out there to help with this motivation, most of them require you to set up a schedule, stick by it, record information, review those findings, and then eventually come up with changes if required. A fitness app gives you the power of data to better understand your health, but it also requires your attention.
Where Does That Leave Us?
A fitness app is never anything more than a tool in your arsenal for weight loss. It can help you to keep track of what you are eating as well as how much you are exercising and the impact of that exercise on your daily life. For a fitness app to be useful, you will have to put in the time and effort to see it through for at least a few months.