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This year I hit 35.  Which apparently also meant that I hit a wall – literally.  I’ve always been in good physical shape.  To be honest, very good physical shape.  I was lean, muscular and had a vicious metabolism.  Time and gravity has finally caught up with me and for the first time in my life, I’m having to really work at my weight.  I’ve taken this gift for granted too long and it is a habit that is dying very hard, if at all.

I’m not trying to run a marathon or compete in a body building contest.  I’m not even trying to run a 5K or lift any weights (I’m a calisthenic girl, using my own body weight).  I’m really just trying to maintain my weight and stay agile enough to ward off the strains of stress that is physically ailing me.

My goals for fitness are very simple:

1.  Fit into my own clothes

2.  Stay away from the Chiropractor

3.  Relieve stress

I’ve finally found a piece of equipment that really works for me – my iPhone.  Specifically 3 apps on my iPhone.

– My Fitness Pal Calorie Counter

Since I used to have a monstrous metabolism, I never cared about calories, fat, etc.  I never thought twice about eating what I want and eating it all and ordering seconds.  Now, I care.  I really care.  I love this this app because it is super easy.  It’s simple, clear and  pretty much has every food out there so it takes the guessing out of counting your calories.  I’ve tried to keep food diaries before and was lucky to write anything down after breakfast, so forget about calculating calories.  This app is so easy cause it’s on my phone (handy) and does all the work for you.  Did I mention it’s so easy?!

– Daily Workouts (Full Body)

As a former Pilates instructor, I never thought I would need motivation to work out.  I already know what I need to do for results.  But I’m tired and lazy and tired.  This app is a little cheesy, but I love it because I can play Pandora in the back ground while still hearing the prompts.  And verbal prompts mean I’m not always crooking my neck to stare at the phone/tv screen to see which exercise is next or how to do it correctly.  I set it for full body workout for 10 minutes.  It gives the option of more time, but I find I do more when I set it for 10 minutes and do it over and over again .  The exercises simple and change every time so there’s a good variety.  Who doesn’t have 10 minutes?  I do it while my kids shower, when they’re done, I’m done, and we’re all ready for story time!

– Nike +

 I hate to run.  I loathe it, just hate it.  But I understand it is the easiest most efficient way to get cardio.  So, inspired by a friend and her hot bod, I have committed to running at least 3 days a week for 15 minutes.  Sometimes more but NEVER less.  Again, like the 10 minute exercises, what’s 15 minutes?  I can get ready, run and shower in ~ 30 minutes.  I do it first thing in the morning to get it out of the way.  I could easily waste 15-30 minutes doing nothing at home, but this way, I’ve burned 200 calories and now have the satisfaction of knowing that if I had to run 1.5-2 miles from an abductor, I could.  So how does Nike + help me?  It came on my new iPod Nano, so of course it plays music but it also keeps me updated on my progress.  I set it for “time” (15 minutes) and it prompts me when I’ve run 5 minutes, reached the half-way point and then starts it to count down at 5 minutes left.  I really appreciate this because it is the mental boost I need.  As I mentioned, I hate running, but I feel like this app knows it and is letting me know the torture is almost over . . . only 5 minutes left, only 4 minutes left, only 3 minutes left . . .

It’s been a few weeks and I’m really starting to see and feel results.  I really needed some easy bite-sized ways to get fitness and food awareness into my busy life and these apps have really done it for me.

What apps have made a difference in reaching your health and fitness goals?


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