Best Apps for Keeping You in Shape in 2020 – New Year Resolution
The New Year is approaching fast and your bad habits are once again thrown to the forefront of your mind. Here are some useful apps to beat them this year.
The New Year always comes with the promise of a new you, and it rarely delivers. This year, perhaps it’s time to make your goals a little more realistic, and instead of focusing on dramatically overhauling your life in such a massive way that you’d never possibly succeed, why don’t you focus on build micro-habits, instead?
It’s a known fact that people lack willpower. Throw a couple of day days in a row into the mix and your fitness and health goals are completely thrown to the wolves. If you want to actually sort yourself out in 2020, then we recommend you do away with the over-zealous goals and instead focus on slowly and patiently improving yourself by 0.1% each week, rather than by 10% each week.
The 0.1% goal
It’s simple. When you improve yourself by 0.1% each week, then your life gets better by 5.2% each year – that’s a 26% improvement over five years, and 50% improvement over ten years. Imagine if your salary went up by 50% over ten years, or your muscle mass increased by the same amount in the same time, or your relationship with your partner or family improved by that amount.
What most people do is try to improve themselves very quickly, but they lack the actual willpower to sustain such improvement – especially at a high rate. This isn’t the right way to go about it. Do something different this year, and rather than beating yourself with a stick every time you eat processed sugar or skip the gym, try just negotiating with yourself instead.
It’s better to go to the gym twice per week for a year than five times a week for three months and then give up. Building lifelong healthy habits is the key to success here.
Best apps for building lifelong habits
If you want to really keep the weight off, or really build some muscle, or really move up in your career, then here are some apps that we’d recommend you have on your smartphone to help you along your way.
This app is great for beginners who are on the path to becoming more active. If you’ve never really been in a gym before, then 8Fit is an excellent app to build the basics that you need to prepare yourself for it. You can use the app at home and it doesn’t require any equipment. What’s more, all the workouts take no longer than 15 minutes per day, which means that it really doesn’t get in the way of your life.
8Fit Pro, which requires a paid subscription, will also give you meal plans to help with your nutrition, which is ultimately most of your results. This app has workouts for all muscle groups, plus yoga and more to help you cool down. It’s ideal for slowly getting into exercise at a pace that is right for your level.
MyFitnessPal is by far the most popular app for keeping track of what you’re putting into your body. It’s a calorie and nutrient counter that allows you to log everything you eat – or even scan the barcode of any food product that you buy in the supermarket to log it. It tells you how many calories and micro and macro nutrients were in that thing you just ate and it keeps a tally of your total for the day.
You can set targets are see how you’re reaching them with the micros, macros, and calories. It’s the easiest way to track your food intake, and you can get great advice from it as well.
Fancy seeing a bit more of the outdoors? Do you know how many hiking trails there are near you? In short, there’s a lot more than you think – even if you live in the city. AllTrails is a global database of hiking and walking trails that you can search for in your area. It gives the difficulty, altitude, gradient, and so on of each trail so that you know exactly what you’re getting into before you embark.
AllTrails will make you realize just how much opportunity there is to get out and explore, and you can become an active member, marking off trails as you complete them and gradually upping your difficulty level. This is an awesome way to get some exercise in, travel to new places, see some nature, and challenge yourself in 2020.
Perhaps your goals aren’t so much about physical fitness as they are about mental fitness. Headspace is a great meditation app that will teach you the basics of meditation without being pretentious. It’s a really useful way to train your mind and become more present and less stressed. This is something that we could all do with in our present lives, no doubt.
The mind is like a muscle, and most of us never train it and allow it to run rampant, swinging our mood in the process and making us do dumb things and say things we regret. Headspace will help you to unlock the potential of meditation and make your mind stronger as a result.
How much do you know about fasting? That might sound like a weird question, but if you’re looking to burn some fat, then fasting is a great way to do it. It doesn’t mean starving yourself, mainly, it simply means only eating within a certain window, while not necessarily reducing your caloric intake. This helps you to burn fat and even gain more muscle.
Zero tracks your fasting for you and provides loads of information about the practice, including studies and meal plans to help you along your way. Try it out now, and you’ll be surprised how easy it is (sleeping time counts as fasting time!).
Your new year can begin with an underwhelming 0.1% improvement, and we guarantee that if you keep stacking those weeks up, you’ll eventually be in such a better place that you won’t even recognize yourself at first. Give it a try. Ditch the big changes, make way for the lifelong habits. Good luck.