We’re a couple weeks into 2013 now and many of us have gotten off to a great start with our new year’s resolutions! However, it’s around this time that many people start slowing down, reverting back to old, unhealthy habits. and the resolutions that were made in hopes of dramatically changing lives weaken and are abandoned altogether, in favor of easier, more short-sighted paths.
It’s at times like these where we need some help. A support group, tools to help us stay organized. Resources that will help us turn our once robust and bullheaded motivation into automatic habits that we don’t even have to think about. We just do them.
Software is eating the world. But in a good way ;). For the last few decades we’ve seen the dramatic impact software can have on the world, turning geeks into billionaires in a matter of a few short years, making business processes exponentially more efficient, helping us regular folks stay in touch with our friends & family and, for better or worse, our long lost high school buddies.
Software can be an extraordinarily effective ally to have when you’re struggling to replace bad habits with good. Topping the list of most popular resolutions every year is losing weight or getting in better shape. Diet and Exercise is a huge industry so it’s no surprise that there are some pretty exciting software tools out there to help you achieve your physical fitness goals. Of the hundreds of software products to choose from we’ve listed our favorites below:
DailyBurn is a health and fitness company with a membership of approximately 2.5 million that provides workout and nutrition programs on a variety of web, mobile, and TV apps. DailyBurn streaming workout videos are led by master trainers and produced by Mason Bendewald, the director of Beachbody’s P90X workout program. The website has an iPhone application which was a January App of the Week in the New York Times technology section.It was also named one of the top 100 websites of 2010 by PC Mag.
Fitocracy is an online game and social network that uses gamification to help users improve their fitness. The more you work out, the more points you get. As you gain more points you’ll be able to level up. There are quests and challenges, and you can compete against your friends and co-workers. Because you keep track of points it doesn’t matter what your fitness level is! If you put in the work you can beat your more fit friends!
MyFitnessPal is an online food diary application. It has the largest searchable food database in the world with over 2.3 million items – and it’s growing every day! That means you can look up any food you eat to make sure you’re staying under your allotted calories for the day, or make sure you’re getting enough protein to pack on those muscles! You can also add in your personal recipes and access them at any time from anywhere with an internet connection.