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Using Websites and Phone Apps to Lose Weight

Do You Use Websites and Apps to Get Fit?

Owning an iPhone is pretty cool — in large part because there really is an "app for that," especially in the health and fitness category. There are apps that count calories, motivate you to do push-ups, map your runs, and provide yoga sequences. I dare you to think of anything fitness related and not find an app for it. Personally, using the fitness apps on the iPhone is sort of like having a scaled down personal trainer. I can develop personalized workouts and meal plans while also tracking my progress, but I don't have to shell out a bunch of money to do so. (That is, if you factor out the initial cost of the phone . . .)

Besides iPhone apps, websites are becoming another great way to monitor and track fitness goals. Sites like the DailyBurn, FitDay, and SparkPeople help you track weight loss, manage your diet, and also provide a community of support amongst their users. Technology has really changed the way people approach and reach their fitness goals.

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Kensington7 Kensington7 6 years
My absolute favorite website is skinnyr.com which has you plug in your weight and graphs it so you can see you weight loss (or gain!) over time. It's really helpful when you're trying to lose weight and if you plateau for a week or two you can see how far you've come. I occasionally use websites like caloriecount.com to look up the calorie contents in food, just to be aware of what of I'm putting in my body. I get daily e-mails from Women's Health magazine which have great workout routines and articles about different heath/nutrition/fitness topics.
TADOW TADOW 6 years
Thanks ticamorena, that cite is actually very helpful
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 6 years
I use Sparkpeople.com to track my calories and workouts. While it's neither my lifeline nor the only resource I use, it's been instrumental in helping me lose 60lbs so far. I also read fitness-related blogs regularly.
jessfish25 jessfish25 6 years
I've used FitDay.com for a long time, but I recently started converting over to SparkPeople.com. As much as I try to keep my eating in check on my own, having each meal layed out for me the way this site does really helps me find areas that I can cut back.
sourcherries sourcherries 6 years
Just get off your bum and moving already! Stop letting your fingers get all the exercise!
runningesq runningesq 6 years
I used www.beginnertriathlete.com while training for my Ironman -- had a great training program and forums to ask questions, share successes and failures, etc.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 6 years
Since I'm on weight watchers I use their site to track but I'll be at goal soon and lose my on line access so thanks for telling us about thedailyplate.com and CalorieCount; I'll check them out.
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
TADOW, another good site for nutrition etc is CalorieCount and I like it's layout too; my favourite for workouts and exercise is ActiveTrainer plus magazine accounts like Women's Health or Men's Health (I'm still on the fence about whether there's a point to gender specific exercise other than for pregnancy or vanity, so I just do the men's workouts and modify them to take my goals into account)
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
I don't rely on them to get fit - I use the old fashioned way of doing whatever's fun, adding variety, staying safe + injury free and working up a sweat! However, there are some things I would never have figured out without them e.g. the fact that my daily regular diet which totals around 1300 cals a day, is not sufficient for all the activities I do (even though I feel energetic and satisfied during the day, my food choices are not very calorie intensive) and for practical things like figuring out my running distances etc. Knowledge is power, but I hate being electronically bossed hehe so I myself determine most of what I do
TADOW TADOW 6 years
No I really dont use any technology for my fitness life. But I will check out thedailyplate.com (thx julea) because my own calorie log is limited in accurateness.
julea julea 6 years
I don't use lots of "stuff", but I use thedailyplate.com to log what I eat. Takes the math out. lol! I have a backup notebook for when im not able to get to a computer, though. As far as websites that's about it, unless you count reading about fitness and researching nutrition on the web....
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