How starting (and sticking with) a fitness routine is even easier with technology.
Starting a new fitness routine probably stirs up images of crowded gyms, running in the cold, or endless minutes on the treadmill. Good news: we have some tech-friendly ideas that will help you avoid your exercise nightmare and still crush your fitness goals this year. You still have to do the actual physical work, but your new workout routine will be less painful with technology by your side.
How technology can help you rock fitness in 2018:
Work out in your living room
Don’t think Richard Simmons singing “Party Off The Pounds!”. Think a low-cost, no-fuss alternative to the gym. No need to drive anywhere, pay for a membership, or socialize with other humans—unless that’s your thing. With high quality workout videos at your fingertips, you can get in a solid sweat session without leaving your house. Even if you’ve joined a gym as part of “new year, new you,” it’s important to have a backup plan, so you never have an excuse to skip a workout.
Streaming workouts to your living room just requires the internet and a connected device, like your smartphone, tablet, or TV. YouTube is always a great place to start—some free, popular channels include BeFiT, FitnessBlender, and Blogilates.
ClassPass fans can look forward to ClassPass Live in 2018. Subscribers can live stream workouts for $10 a month ($15 for new members) and get the starter kit for $60, which includes a heart rate monitor and a Google Chromecast for streaming to your TV.
A personal trainer on your phone
Like the idea of a personal trainer, but don’t want to spend the money? With just an app on your phone, you can connect to real professionals for a fraction of the cost. Take your “personal trainer” with you to the gym, the office, or even outside. Other perks: access to a variety of trainers and a community of other people just like you.
If you’re ready to dust off your running shoes, check out the free Nike+ Run Club app. Get a personalized running schedule, stay motivated with their audio guided runs, and listen to pre-made playlists. Variety is key, so make sure to switch up your runs with some strength training; the Nike Training Club app offers 15-45 minute workouts for all levels.
Sweat by Kayla Itsines is a popular workout app for women (app available for iOS only). For about $5 per week, you get access to a variety of workouts, healthy recipes, and encouragement from other women in the Sweat community. Tip: Start with the 7-day free trial before you invest the money. For more female empowerment, Tone it Up is also pretty popular.
Motivation on your wrist
Whether you need a little extra motivation or a way to track your progress, a fitness wearable can be a good way to jump-start your new workout routine.
The big names, Apple, Fitbit, and Garmin all released their latest and greatest wearable in the second half of 2017. Each one comes equipped with a heart rate monitor and other basic smart watch functions, but each offers a little something special.
- Apple Watch Series 3 ($399): The most expensive of the group, but could be worth it if you also want it to do other things, like answer calls, send messages, or stream your favorite playlists—without your phone.
- Fitbit Ionic ($269): This Fitbit model offers step-by-step coaching with 3 bodyweight workouts. Great if you have friends using Fitbit, so you can compete in challenges with them through the Fitbit app.
- Garmin vivosmart 3 ($99): The most affordable of the group, but the smallest if you prefer sleekness. If your goal is to finally master the pull-up, this one features a personal rep counter for reps and sets and also tracks other exercise like swimming and cycling.
With all this technology available, you have no excuse not to reach your fitness goals this year!
How are you using technology to stay active this year? Leave your answer in the comments below.