All of the fitness tracker apps that we use nowadays have provided very accurate and enlightening information to fitness professionals. Before this type of technology, research was based on what people remembered about their workout. “I think I walked for 30 minutes.” Now that people are tracking their steps (and much more), real data allows us to understand real habits.
According to this article on Yahoo Health, Texas is the top running state, where the activity accounted for 47 percent of workouts. Idaho led in indoor and outdoor cycling. The data for the article was compiled using the information from workout tracker apps MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness. The article also stated that walking was by far the most common activity across all the states, but California, Oregon and Washington took the top three slots with about 40 percent of the data showing it was the favorite form of exercise. South Carolina, Delaware and North Dakota were at the bottom of the exercise heap.
Many people agree that by using apps to track your fitness, it promotes adherence, provides accountability and motivates the user. Do you agree? I use a variety of measurements with my clients to track progress — weight, measurements, body mass index, resting and working heart rate, etc. We all want to know that we’re making progress toward our goal, right? This recent article from PC Magazine lists the top 25 fitness apps. Check it out to see if there’s one that would work for you.
With all the technology at our fingertips, gyms on every corner and personal trainers ready to customize a session just for you — it begs the question: what are you waiting for?