I have a love-hate relationship with smart technology; anyone who knows me knows I’m constantly on my phone. I’m either speaking to my mum, pestering my husband, conversing on Whats App, checking work emails or using social media. I think I probably lose at least 30 minues-1hour of sleep a night scrolling through my phone before my head hits the pillow.
My first experience of using mobile phone came in the year 2000, my mum agreed for me to have a phone so I was able to text her once I got to school in the mornings. I had the classic BT Cellnet brick! There were no games, you could store around 20 numbers and there were the generic messages with circular faces, now these circular faces are know as emojis.
How times have changed! I can’t imagine an 11-year-old just using a mobile phone to let their parents know that they have arrived at school. Snap chat, Facebook, and Instagram will be top of the priority list.
Children now embrace the smart technology era, instead of playing outside they opt to stay indoors playing on the latest game consoles….. creating an unhealthy habit.
Research suggests that children between the ages of 5-16 spend an average of 6 ½ hours a day in front of a screen, this has doubled since Childwise conducted their research in 1995.
Smart technology has changed society. We’re now obsessed with the latest smart technology, 1/3 of our day is being spent using smart technology, with mobile phones being used on an average around 5 times an hour. Consequently, people have become less sociable, and instead, communication is conducted through phones, laptops and Ipad, for me this is the downside of smart technology.
Moving away from the negatives I want to discuss smart technology in a positive light, and how it’s not all doom and gloom. Smart technology can help people with their health and fitness goals. More recently whilst personal training on the commons I have seen couples or friends training together using their phones or an iPad, one can assume that they’re using youtube or a fitness application
to conduct a workout.
There are a number of applications, which you can download to spice up your workouts, monitor weight management and more importantly keep motivation levels high. Some applications can be downloaded for free and other make you pay. There is something for everyone; they’re apps designed for; beginners, immediate and advanced levels.
Here are my five recommended applications to download
My Fitness Pal-
I have talked about my fitness pal in previous blogs. I’m a massive fan of this application especially for anyone who needs to kick-start their weight loss journey. I think it’s one of best motivational diet/food diary application tool on the market
It’s very simple to use, all you have to do is put in the goal weight, the application will calculate how many calories, carbohydrates, protein, salt, sugar and fat you need to consume a day to reach the weekly goal. You’re able to connect the food diaries with friends to add a bit a friendly rivalry.
LifeSum is very similar to My Fitness Pal. They both track calories, help with weight management and monitor exercise levels. Lifesum has been praised for their sustainable and realistic approach to weight management. The app can be used in an educational way to improve nutrition habits and increase exercise routines.
If you’re one of those people who get to the end of the day and thinks ‘oh shoot’ I haven’t drunk enough water I feel dehydrated this is an app for you. The app will give you regular water reminders.
There is regular feedback given on the meals you have consumed during the day and they have recommended healthy eating plans.
Couch to 5k
This application does what it says on the tin. It will get you from sitting on the couch to running 5 km in the space of 9 weeks. This application is great for beginners, it starts you off nice and gently. You can choose a motivational speaker to keep you motivated on your new fitness challenge.
For those who struggle to find time to exercise this application is a MUST. All you need is a spare 7 minutes. You don’t need the latest equipment and you can do this workout anywhere. There are 12 exercises in the block and there is options to choose how many rounds you wish to complete. There are a number of workouts on the applications, there are free, all body workout, but if you want specific i.e bootcamp or lower body you need to pay to use the material. An achievements section is also placed on the application, this will help to keep the motivation high.
SWORKIT- Simply Work It
This app has a huge database of exercises so you certainly won’t get bored. If you’re looking for a whole body workout this is a great app for you, there are workouts for everyone. You can improve flexibility through yoga and stretching, focus on strengthening exercises or improve your aerobic base by opting for a cardio blast. Workout duration is optional; you can workout for 5 minutes or an hour.
There is also an option to customise workouts specific to individual goals and needs. This app will work you hard and keep you motivated.
If you’re a keen smart technology user embrace the positives and improve your lifestyle; keep your body goals on track by downloading health and wellbeing applications.