I like to think I'm disciplined with my weekly workout schedule, but sometimes I need some additional coercing to get my butt to the gym. Online progress tracking tools are great for keeping you motivated, and for holding you accountable if your healthy habits happen to take a nosedive. With the holidays just around the corner, many of us will be on the road visiting friends and family, making it increasingly difficult to keep up with our fitness routines. So we've rounded up five fitness tracking websites to help keep you on track — and they're all free!
Keep reading to check them out!
- MyFitnessPal: MyFitnessPal is a health and fitness community that offers easy-to-use tools to keep track of your nutritional intake and exercise levels. No need to be tied to your computer to use this website, MyFitnessPal offers great apps for the iPad, and iPhone too.
- Diet.com: Avoid splurges and workout plateaus with Diet.com's multiple tracking tools. After signing up, you can monitor your diet and nutrition plan, fitness plan, and overall progress. With over 90,000+ food/menu items in its database, you can get an accurate reading of the total calories and fat you're consuming on a daily basis. And if you're out eating at a restaurant, all you need to do is text DIET1 (34381) with the name of the restaurant (needs to be a popular chain restaurant) and the food you're thinking of ordering, to receive a text back with all of the nutrition info.
- FitDay: Once you sign up for FitDay, you'll have access to a free online diet journal to track your foods, exercise, weight loss, and goals. Designed specifically for those trying to lose weight, FitDay analyzes your information and supplies you with details like daily calorie counts, long-term diet analysis, carbs, fat and protein totals, and more.
- My Calorie Counter: Considered calorie experts, My Calorie Counter can help you track the amount of calories you've burned, calories in your diet, and the number of calories in the food you eat. Tools, such as a calorie counter and charts, illustrate the number of calories in certain foods, along with a calorie journal that acts as your own personal food diary. With a comprehensive database that features more than 45,000 restaurant menu items and supermarket brands, you'll always know the nitty-gritty about what you're eating!
- My Fitness Journal: If you're a visual learner, you'll love that My Fitness Journal creates a detailed list of all the foods you've eaten in one day. The foods you eat regularly are organized by breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, etc., and you can easily keep track of your cardio as well. My Fitness Journal includes a variety of physical activities — from doing the dishes to walking the dog — so you get exercise credit where credit is due. Every little bit counts!