April 02, 2013 // Category: Fitness Advisor

Technology can get a bad rap, often blamed for the increasingly sedentary lives many people are leading. But your phone, tablet and television don’t have to be a license to sit still. They can actually be used as motivators to get and stay fit. In fact, in a global survey of exercisers, Life Fitness found that exercisers that use technology to support their workouts consider themselves to be more successful at achieving their weight and fitness goals.  Try one of these tech-driven tools to lead a healthier life:

Heart Rate

A heart rate monitor can be a great tool for monitoring workouts. Most cardio machines feature an embedded heart rate monitor that clearly displays how hard the body is working. You can also wear a heart rate monitor for indoor and outdoor workouts. To effectively us it, it’s important to know your maximum heart rate. This is the highest number of times your heart can beat in one minute and offers a key figure in determining training intensities. Using heart rate to create interval training sessions or steady-state workouts, can strengthen the heart and improve cardiovascular fitness. 

Life Fitness
 

April 27, 2012 // Category: Fun Side of Fitness

Smartphones make it easier than ever to track our fitness and health routines. Here is a list of my favorite fitness apps that will make your workout more fun, more productive and more effective.

1. Lose It!

You will find this app on most of the top lifestyle app lists and for good reason. Lose It! is one of the best, fee apps to track your food intake and weight loss goals. Need reminders to log your food and exercise? You got it with this app.

2. Pinterest

Pinterest may not be your first go-to for health & fitness—but it should be! This app (and website) is a mecca for healthy recipes and workout tips. You can find something new every time you log on so there is no excuse to not vary up your workouts and eating habits.

Kate O'Leary
 

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