As most of you know I am going into teaching my Fitness Boot Camp Classes full time! This article was shared with me by a fellow fitness buff and friend of mine on Face Book! It gives a really great description of what coming out to boot camp is all about and I want to share it with all of you!
Spice up your workout and torch some calories! View my new Boot Camp Class schedule online at Active.Com!
Last Saturday was a challenge for those who were willing to rise up to the occasion! So proud of all of you! For those of you who were skeptical – I’m sure you got your money’s worth of a workout this weekend! Can’t wait to see you all again this week! For all you guys who wussed out this weekend Daryl says BRING IT!
These day’s there are so many different tools available for people to help them achieve their personal fitness goals, from workouts to calorie counters that can all be easily downloaded to your newest latest and greatest mobile device!
There is definitely a benefit to having all these apps available for ammunition in your nutrition tool box! If nothing else I want people to learn to really be aware of the quality or lack there of in the things they choose to eat. Being able to navigate successfully through the grocery store and actually put healthy things in the basket is a daunting task for most. With the sly creativity of today’s marketing gurus its no wonder today’s consumers are as confused as ever. I mean look at all the choices; there’s fat free, sugar free, gluten free, low carb, high protein….. the list goes on and on. Having these tools can help people decipher what’s in those 100 calorie packs and if that high fiber bar isn’t also high in sugars and carbohydrates…. Hint Hint Wink Wink
So I would like to share with you, a couple of fitness apps that have been tried and true and come recommended by my clients along with the pros and cons of each.
The first one I chose to feature is Spark People, this is more than just a calorie counter application, it offers total health and wellness tools from daily inspirational sayings, workout and calorie trackers to online support teams!
Spark People – www.sparkpeople.com
What We Like Most – It’s Total Wellness and It’s Free! Dislikes – I tried the customized menu planning tool and wasn’t impressed,the protein to carb, fat ratio wasn t right for active individuals who actually want to maintain lean body mass – however you can choose not to use that and the rest of the service was great – you can’t leave it to a computer program to plan your nutrition it just doesn’t work.
Fit Day.com is a must for those serious fitness buffs that are motivated and need the visual affirmations the multitude of graphical reports this site has to offer! “I really like being able to see in the charts exactly what I put into my body!” - client TC
What we liked about www.fitday.com – That it focuses on just one thing – Total Nutrition - and does it really well. The reports are second to none and it’s free. The only not so hot feature is that the food list was almost too excessive and just about everything we normally ate had to be set up as a custom food with us doing the data entry.
My Fitness Pal can be downloaded to the Droid or the I phone and is a Calorie Counting King! I went to go join this site today and found out just how user friendly it really is! “I like the fact that I can scan it with my phone and know exactly what I’m putting in my body – it even calculates the sodium and compares it to what my individual RDA should be!” client TW
What we like about My Fitness Pal is how easy and simple it was to set up an account and enter our fitness goals along with the fact that its free! The other super cool features are that if you have a smart phone you have the power to scan and break the monotony of data entry! I also loved the fact that the interface is just super user friendly – there is that saying Less is More – So True! Not much we could not like about this app! Even if you don’t have a smart phone this app is still great tool if you prefer tracking your progress online.
As for me the best fitness app I have found to date that is tried and true is a pencil and paper! It is the least expensive and I don’t need a smart phone or a PC to use it. By writing down what I put into my body it reinforces it in my brain and helps me to track my nutrition and make healthy choices. I have a basic one page calorie sheet of what is in most normal foods like meats, vegies, fruits and grains posted to my fridge and what ever I have in question I can find online…. It all comes down to what works for you; whatever tool you choose to track your fitness and nutrition progress give yourself a pat on the back for incorporating healthy habits into your lifestyle!