Whether or not we’d like to admit it, most of us are attached to our smartphones. For all the time we spend scrolling through social media apps and answering emails, we might as well put some of our phone time to good use. While are tons of fitness apps out there that do everything from comprehensive tracking to exercise plans to calorie counting, there are also simple ways to use your phone to encourage better daily fitness habits. Here are three ways your phone can help you be more active.
Track your steps.
Experts recommend aiming for 10,000 steps per day to promote health and fitness, so tracking your steps is a good way to stay active. You don’t need to wear a pedometer or fitness watch to find out how many steps you’re walking each day, and your phone may actually be tracking your steps without you even knowing. On iPhones, the pre-installed Health app tracks steps, and there are many other apps available for download like Stepz. Google Fit works well for Android.
Make a goal and stick to it.
Whether you’re a gym rat or a fitness newbie, achieving goals is a great way to create good habits. Promise yourself that you’ll exercise every day for a month, try to lose three pounds or drink more water. Whatever your health goal may be, proving to yourself that you can stick to it will set the stage for integrating it into your lifestyle long-term. Strides, a free, downloadable app, is perfect for goal tracking, motivation and focus.
Get off the couch and run.
If you’re a real beginner and never thought you’d be the kind of person to go for a run, your phone can help you change that. The Couch to 5K app asks you to run just 20 to 30 minutes three times a week for nine weeks. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it?