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MWI: 35% of People Struggle with Motivation, Turn to Fitness Apps

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.

So, when it comes to apps that resonate most with users, it’s the ones that do things like help you count calories, sleep better, and finds you a workout that’s most suited to your needs.

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.

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Laurie Miller

Good article

Judith Gustafson

Great article. I really like my fitbit to track steps.

Judith Gustafson

My fitbit is my best friend.

Anna Sosa

Great article.


I use my fitness pal and if you don’t like the gym so much it’s a good app! Good graphics guys!


Interesting stats

Jenny Patrick

I have not been motivated for a long time but it is something I have been thinking of for a while now. After I go back to work in August, it is time to find a walking partner.


Gotta get motivated to use the app! Great help if you have the discipline to use it.


Found this article interesting. I dont use apps for the motivation just for tracking.

allison Chiles

Interesting article.


I have an app on my phone that keeps up with calories I burn. Calories I eat and how many steps I take

Judith Gustafson

Hate hate working out but always glad when I do. I go to the gym. Use no apps.


Great article

Christine Sickley

I go to my physical therapy class twice a week. I do walk on the treadmill, go up and down the steps several times, walk with my quad cane the session lasts an hour or a little more

Sandra Simpson

Very interesting article but I am limited on fitness because I am disabled.

Rita R

I use My Fitness Pal and Garmin Connecticut are the ones I use. It really helps to see what I’m eating and with that knowledge I’ve started eating better

Rita R

I use My Fitness Pal and Garmin Connect. It really helps to see what I’m eating and with that knowledge I’ve started eating better

April Ellis

Interesting article. Takes the guess work out of choosing a fitness app!


I still prefer paper.

Bonita English

I don’t use a app but I’ve thought about it strongly.


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