We’re willing to bet that once the end of the day rolls around, your brain more or less recycles a version of this thought over and over again: “Oh boy. I really don’t feel like going to the gym right now.”
Unless, of course, you’re one of those bionic, superhero-in-training types that actually manages to get get in a workout before your day begins. And then you walk around feeling super smug and better than everyone else because you know that when your workday is over, you can head home and relax, cook a beautiful dinner, and do whatever it is that humans do when they don’t have to spend the hours of 6-8 (give or take) working out.
Anyway, our point? Going to the gym kind of sucks. That’s why over the past few years we’ve made no qualms about getting on board (or at least experimenting) with all types of apps that promote healthy eating, mindfulness, exercise, and, yes, counting your steps. Some of you did the same and were ready and willing to discuss your experiences. Read on, below.
The following fact kind of caught us by surprise — while 56% of our audience confirmed that they use fitness/wellness apps, 44% said they did not. Pretty tight race there!
What are people hoping to get out off these apps? Well, here are the top struggles when it comes to caring for your body.
Understandably, things like craving at home workouts, looking for motivation, and wanting to start taking health and fitness way more seriously contributed to peoples willingness to try out fitness apps.
While there’s a new app on the market every week, here are the top contenders that have been keeping you guys busy this year:
- My Fitness Pal, 65%
- Google Fit, 28%
- Map My Run, 23%
- Nike+, 16%
- Couch to 5K, 13%
- Daily Yoga, 11%
“MyFitnessPal helps me to be accountable for what I eat and how much I exercise. It also reminds me to drink more water, which I am often guilty of not doing enough” says Lynsey S.
Sherri B. uses Samsung Health Daily to “track my sleep, my steps, weight, workouts, and food eaten.” She also uses Insight Timer for her meditation practice.”Both apps help me to be more aware of my mental and physical health and help to achieve goals I set for myself” she tells us.
For Anna G, her Fitness Pal is everything. “My Fitness Pal is a game-changer for me. It helps me stay conscious of what I’m putting into my body, and gives me goals that I should strive to achieve so I stay on my fitness journey.”
If you’re already familiar with many of these apps, luckily, there are hundreds more out there. If you want inspiration on your journey towards finding the most ideal one, we loved this piece and this one for additional reading!
See ya on the track! Or on the meditation pillow! Or, most likely, in the kitchen, trying to sneak an extra slice of cheese.
Did this blog inspire you to consider checking out any new apps in the fitness field? Didja head straight to the gym? Tell us about your fitness woes and successes, and the ways apps have fueled them, down below.