Karen and I were out shopping at our local Target last weekend, picking up a few necessities when I stumbled upon the fitness section.
There were the things you would expect to see in there… the balls and shin guards for the kids getting ready for the new soccer season… and yoga mats and water bottles.
But then something caught my eye.
I had to stop and blink a few times to make sure my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me.
There, on display, were the fitness trackers.
You know, those fancy-looking watches that keep track of the steps you take each day.
The basic units were about $60. But the high-end option was OVER $250.
That’s just crazy!
Because if you have an iPhone or Android – and most of you likely do – your phone is already tracking all that fitness information for you.
If you’re using an iPhone, just go to the “Health” app that comes preloaded on the phone.
(Note… this is the same app I told you about back in August to set up your Medical ID.)
Right there on the first screen, the phone will show the miles you’ve walked and the steps you’ve taken that day.
You can see even more detail if you tap on the data.
When you do, you’ll see how much you moved each hour.
In my opinion, this is the most important information you need, because you really should be moving every hour.
If you see that you’ve been sedentary for a couple of hours, you know it’s time to get up and start moving.
If you’re using an Android phone, you have a similar app called Google Fit.
Newer phones have Google Fit preloaded, but if you have an older Android phone, you may ave to download it yourself.
Of course, you need to have your phone with you so you can to track your steps and distance.
But, most of the time, you’re carrying it anyway.
So, keep more dough in your pocket and skip those expensive gadgets.
In addition to the “Health” app, there are a few other fitness apps I like.
These aren’t preloaded, so you’ll have to go to the app store to get them.
If you’re stuck inside… maybe at your workplace, or in a hotel… and want to get a quick workout in, try the J&J Official 7 Minute Workout app.
This circuit training workout app is totally customizable to your fitness level.
All you need is a chair and 7 minutes of your time.
For tracking food intake and the nutrients of that food, there’s MyPlate.
If you’re trying to drop weight – or just maintain it – keeping track of the food you eat is essential.
The MyPlate app allows you to look up and record everything you eat. And see an analysis of your nutrient intake.
You get all the nutritional information you need for maintain a healthy weight, right at your fingertips.
I’m not a fan of coughing up dough for apps.
Someone will always try to make a buck off unsuspecting users who don’t realize a similar tool, or game, is available for free in the app store.
All of the apps I’ve recommended here are free.
Some may charge for “add-on” services.
But to use them as I described them, you won’t give a dime.