Health And Fitness Apps

Over the years I have tried to use a number of health and fitness apps only to realize the things they were trying to get me to do I did already.

I have tried to keep Waterminder installed multiple times over the years, it’s an amazing app and top of its game for what it does but what I realized is I already drink a ton of water a day and when it reminded me I never acted on it I just swiped away the notification and then eventually deleted the app because I found it redundant.

I have tried many calorie tracking apps over the years Calory , My Fitnesspal, Lose It! , all with the same result, I would never remember to log my food and it was a tedious process, again, all great apps but I realized I meal prepped every week and I ate as healthy as I could so I didn’t really need that either, also as I am eliminating subscriptions that was another one I could remove.

I tried Zero which is an intermittent fasting app, again great design and very useful for a lot of people but what I found was that I ate at dinner every night and then didn’t eat again till breakfast every day, and it was consistent, so I didn’t really need an app to track that.

I tried Oak which is a meditation app, it’s great but for me I found 20 or 30 mins of yoga when I was feeling stressed worked out great for me.

I tried Zones which is an intensity tracking app, again, I got all the same data pretty much in workouts and sometimes I had issues with syncing, so I deleted that as well

I tried most of the heart tracking apps, some were good others not so much but I found that the heart rate app and the info in the health app was sufficient for me, I suffer from indigestion induced AFib so that’s an important one for me and When I am in AFIb I download Heartwatch but it hasn’t been updated in over a year so I don’t really keep it downloaded unless I’m in AFib.

I tried all the sleeping tracking apps as well and AutoSleep is by far the best IMO I have that downloaded and will keep it downloaded, I check and use it daily.

So for me I found that the less apps I have the easier my life is to manage, and that I kept apps around for no reason and didn’t really use them, and that I can manage a lot of health related things without relying on an app. Others are not that way, and these are all great apps and if they help you that’s fantastic but I’m finding I actually use less and less apps on a daily basis so I have been purging the ones that are non useful for me.

Instagram

I have recently shifted spending a lot of time on tech to spending a lot of time researching health related items, workouts, healthy eating, sleep effects.

In my research my wife pointed me to Instagram, now for my social media use people know I’m a twitterholic, and I used Facebook to keep up with local events and my family and friends, instagram never usually had a place for me, it always fell kind of in the middle, the place where I posted pictures of nights out or my kids, I never thought it could be a place for research.

So I started looking and I found many accounts that I now follow, workout routines, health coaches, healthy cooking and it turns out it’s amazing for that. I would have never guessed. Now I check my instagram more often than my facebook and my wife and I are always sending each other something we have seen on there.

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Here are some of my favorite profiles

Coach Daniel

Lean Belly Tips

Simply Fit Society

Booty King

Clean Food Crush

Meal Plans

Nourishing

Meal Prep Monday’s

Taking A Break From Chat Apps

I recently decided to take a break from extra chat apps, I deleted them off my phone, Slack is gone, Telegram is gone, and WhatsApp is gone.

The reason is I’m really getting focused on fitness and health related things, and even if I put a chat app on a second page or in a folder I can’t stop checking It randomly.

I also find myself spending time in them that could be much better spent elsewhere, and I have noticed myself being not as present with my family or what’s going on because I’m wondering what was said by who, etc.

By deleting them I no longer have that option, and it’s a great fit for me, I still am using Twitter and iMessage, that’s plenty for the time being.

Have A Plan

So with the new year in full swing, a lot of people are working on getting into shape.

One piece of advice I can offer people is have a plan when you goto the gym.

I went yesterday, I thought we were going to take a day off so I didn’t plan any workout, or lookup a routine, so when we went there I spent an hr working out but it was random.

I did some cardio, I worked on a few machines, did some free weights, worked all different parts of the body, which isn’t the best for what I’m trying to do, focus on different body parts on different days.

I got a good workout in, but it wasn’t focused, and if I had made a plan it would have been so much more effective.

I just started using an app again called Gymaholic to plan my workouts, I had forgotten about it until recently when I was discussing things with a friend.

I used that app when I first decided I wanted to get into shape, I used it on my watch to track my workouts, until I found out you could not get the badge awards unless you used apples stock workout app, which I still think is nuts, but that’s besides the point.

So I spent an afternoon setting it back up, it’s a subscription based service, but it’s very worth it, with the sub you get a ton of exercises with demonstrations how to do them in the app, as well as a bunch of routines.

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If you take a little time to plan your workouts it will be less stressful and overwhelming once you get to the gym, especially if your new to fitness, as well as very beneficial in setting up workouts that focus on specific areas of your body.

Using Drafts To Track My Workouts

Recently I was looking for an app that would help me track my workouts. I realized I didn’t need to look any farther than an app I was already using.

Drafts is a totally versatile app, it can basically do whatever you want it too, from simple items to complex scripts and actions.

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So for my use I just open the app and write down what exercises I did that day.

My Workout From 1/2

Then I copy and paste it to Apple Notes, In there I have created a folder called Workout Records, In which I keep all the notes, They will be in order from the date I created them so I can have a record of everything I have done for a week.

Apple Notes View

I’m sure their is an easier way to do this and automate it and maybe create a template, I will keep researching those, I also think I will post a screenshot of my Apple Watch when I’m done with my workouts in each Apple Note as well for reference.

I’m finding you might not always need an additional tool, just maybe tweak one of the ones you already have in your toolbox.

My Digital Changes

Over the last few days I have made some digital changes, meaning changes to my social media accounts, changes to the apps I use, and changes to my Homescreen layout.

For my social media accounts, on Facebook and Instagram I went through and deleted a lot of old groups, people I no longer talk to, and items I am no longer interested in, I don’t use other social media much so I hadn’t ever gotten around to that. I am a very heavy Twitter user, there I created some new lists, unfollowed quite a few tech accounts, and just streamlined my timeline.

My latest homescreen

Then I started reorganizing my apps and my Homescreen, I have always tried to organize by color and I could never get it to work with our compromising usefulness, so it took me a while to get everything right, the two apps in my dock are my most used apps and they happen to all match color wise, drafts and messages round off my dock. The other icons are what I would call 2nd tier apps, where I use them often but not as much as my daily apps, the apps in the top two folders are apps I rarely use like food ordering apps, and shopping apps, my credit card apps, etc, This layout has really clicked for me and I can see myself continuing with this setup.

I moved my task manager back to Todoist, I tried using reminders, it just took me too many taps to do what I could do in todoist in just a few, Todoist has a great calendar integration, also it has rich link previews in the comments section, and the share sheet is top notch, for my workout planning its so easy to share items I find and organize them into a project. for my needs it fits the bill the best.

I also went through and researched new workouts and established new workout routines that I have stored in my Todoist project, It makes it so much easier that everything is in one app that can handle it.

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These are all the changes I have implemented over the last few days to start 2020, Everything feels clean, fresh and organized. I think it’s going to be a great year!