Millions of people use fitness apps each day, but to get the most out of your app, it's vital that you select the right one for you, know all its capabilities and understand its limitations. Here are five tips to help you get on the right track.
1. Keep Your App a Single Touch Away
If the fitness app is on your smartphone or tablet, keep its icon front and center by placing it on the first screen of icons. Visual clues are important in developing a consistent routine. With competing priorities in your schedule, this should ensure your workout gets its share of your attention.
2. Get Some Encouragement
If your fitness app can post on your social media websites, do it. Fitness Tracker Pro, for example, can post your latest workout stats to Facebook. This feature may surprise you with the support and encouragement it fosters from your friends, not to mention inspiring others to work out more too.
3. Invest In Apps That Make Sense
If your fitness is important to you, don't waste time with apps and devices that don't quite fit in your lifestyle. There are many great apps available for your computer, smartphone, Smart TV and wearable tech like the Samsung Gear™ Fit. Wherever you prefer to work out, you should be able to find an app that works for you.
4. Don't Expect Miracles From Any App
Fitness apps can provide instructions, tips and schedules, and they can record your stats. Apps like the Lark Activity Tracker even give you a gentle nudge when you're feeling uninspired. Yet, just having an app won't get you out the door or into a yoga studio. To get the most out of an app, you need to keep yourself motivated first and foremost.
5. Treat Yourself Like an MVP
Few of the best fitness apps are free. Most cost a few dollars or require a monthly subscription. Some apps, including Lark Activity Tracker, offer free subscriptions for Samsung owners. The MapMyRun GPS Running app offers six months of MVP service if you have a Samsung Galaxy S® 5.
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