Short of hiring a big man with a stick to motivate me to get out and train, there are two apps I have been using to help keep me focused and working to a plan.
The first of these is MyNetDiary.
The app basically records all the exercise you’ve done, everything you’ve eaten, and helps you make a plan for weight loss using your targets. You can also record vitamins and supplements taken, water consumption, body measurements etc.
I like that at the end of the day I can see wether I need to go for an extra run to hit my target daily calorie loss, or wether I can have just one more spoon of peanut butter (my new vice) as a reward for putting in the effort that day.
The best part of the app for me is that it gives me an analysis of what I’ve eaten and breaks down the amount of saturated fats, sodium, cholesterol and fiber etc. Add to that the vast food data you have access to (for example when eating Tesco’s own Greek style yoghurt it actually has the data specific for Tesco’s own yoghurt.) and what you get is a complete little app.
I’d recommend it for anyone trying to lose weight, or for anyone who wants to keep a comprehensive record of their training.
I’d even recommend it for people who are just curious as to how their diet stacks up against the recognized ideal.
The second app I have been finding a great help is MapMyRun.
Now, I used to hate running outdoors, and although this app isn’t solely responsible for my new attitude to outdoor running, it has certainly helped. I initially just used the web based version on my laptop, which let’s you plan out runs in advance and that’s great. I really like to know how far I’m going to run and how long it should take me.
Then I downloaded the GPS enabled app for my phone and that’s when it became fun.
I can just run, with no map, and get feedback on my speed, distance traveled and all other manner of good stuff.
I like to make it a challenge that I do every kilometer a little faster than the last.
Add to that one more important fact, and it has become a very worthwhile app for me.
That important fact is, the GPS map. No more getting lost for me.
And that is a good thing.
I went out for a little jog the other day and got so lost I was looking for moss on trees to try to find which way was north, I even tried to navigate by the sun, but this being the tail end of British summer, the sun was nowhere to be seen behind the thick cover of grey storm clouds…
The app links seamlessly with the web based version so your profiles match up, and it has Facebook integration so you can let everyone know you’ve done some exercise, and returned safely!
So these two apps are my new training buddies. No need for men with big sticks here…..