If you have a smartphone, you have one of the best tools to keep you accountable to your fitness goals! You can get subtle notifications all day long to the tune of:
- leave for the gym at 6:30, traffic is light;
- time to stand up, you’ve been sitting watching Netflix for 4 hours;
- you haven’t yet logged the Doritos sandwich you had for dinner in your meal plan; and (my favourite)
- your personal trainer saw that you skipped your workout yesterday. 👀
If you’re like most people I’ve had the pleasure to work with, then you’re likely struggling with consistency. The struggle is real.
Here’s a common thought I have, and hear time and time again: “Why workout tonight after work when I can workout harder on the weekend when I have more time?”
The reality is that it just doesn’t work that way. You can only expect your body to start to adapt once you’re in the zone and consistent over time. That’s when you start seeing results fast!
So to help myself and my clients stay accountable, I recommend you download these apps and follow these best practices.
Please note that I’m not affiliated with these companies that own these apps (aside from my own). I’m just trying to share what has been working really well lately.
#1 The Coach Jesse online training app Trainerize - Shameless plug, I know. I get to design you the best workout for you, that you can do on your schedule; I see your workouts and progress accordingly and we both get the best of both worlds!
#2 MyFitnessPal - To track all of your food and get a handle on what you’re putting into your body. If you’re trying to lose body fat or gain muscle mass, you’re not going to be able to get there without keeping track of what you’re actually putting into your mouth. Sure it’s a chore but come on, it takes just 10 minutes a day once you get into it. Plus it syncs with my app so I can coach you better.
#3 The basic Apple Reminders app - the only thing that could make it better is to have Siri (or me!) yell out each reminder. Sorry Android users, I have no idea how to use your apps. And yes I realize it’s not even close to a fitness app. Check out my Reminders app screenshot down below. It’s set up to remind me to workout after I leave work. You could set it to remind you to meal prep after you get home, choose a better coffee break snack right before you leave your desk, or schedule your next session with me. Shameless again!
#4 Nike Run Club - I use this run tracking app every time I go running. It gives me such a boost to see my progress over time. I can even make small goals to beat my personal best with each run before I go.
#5 Heart Rate - Let me be honest, when I’m working out I always have my phone on my person, but not always all the proper gear or equipment. This app lets me check my heart rate (okay it’s not 100% accurate) whenever wherever, and sometimes I realize after checking that I need to kick it up a notch. It’s also great if you don’t have a dedicated heart rate monitor.
Anyway that’s my list. If you’re not using one or more of those already (or something similar), get on it! Then call me 😉👌
Coach Jesse signing off!