Helpful Health and Fitness Tools

Introduction

I've been working on improving my fitness and overall health for a while - last year I hit my goal weight of 120 pounds, and since then my weight has fluctuated between 114 and 122 pounds. I've found many tools that have helped keep me motivated to maintain my weight loss and keep improving my overall fitness - I'll discuss those tools in this hub.

Sparkpeople

I've been a member of this site for six years. Sparkpeople is a free site that you can sign up and not only track your eating, aerobic exercise, and weight training workouts, you can also track your weight, body fat percentage, as well as your progress with different short-term goals that you set for yourself. In addition, Sparkpeople also has a lot of information on health and fitness, as well as different message boards you can post on, plus you can create your own workouts on Sparkpeople. You can earn points for everything you do on Sparkpeople, whether it's tracking your food or workouts or reading articles - unfortunately the points are only a motivational tool, you cannot redeem them for anything. Sparkpeople also has apps you can download to your phone or tablet device so you can track your food and workouts even when you're not at your computer. To sign up for Sparkpeople go to their website.

Nexercise

Nexercise is an app that you can download to your Android phone, and use it to track your workouts. For every workout you track with Nexercise, you earn points which you can enter into different sweepstakes, or save up your points for guaranteed prizes - however these require quite a few more points than sweepstakes entries. In addition, you can earn points for watching videos, taking surveys, and downloading apps to your phone. To find out more about Nexercise, go to the Google Play Store and type "nexercise" in the search bar.

Pact

Pact is an app that pays you for achieving your fitness and nutrition goals. There are three different pacts you can make - a fitness pact, where you pledge to work out at least 30 minutes a certain number of days per week, a food logging pact, where you pledge to log at least 1200 calories a day a certain number of days per week using Myfitnesspal, and a fruit and veggie pact, where you pledge to eat a certain number of fruits and veggies per week. If you don't achieve one of your goals for that week, you'll have ten dollars deducted from your account for each day you don't meet your goal, or for each fruit or vegetable you don't log, in the case of the fruit and veggie pact. If you do achieve your goal for that week, you'll earn a certain amount of money - the amount changes depending on how many people didn't meet their pacts, and also how many pacts you decide to participate in. I've earned as little as 50 cents, and as much as a dollar and change. Once you reach at least 10 dollars, you can have your earnings transferred to your Paypal account. To find out more about the Pact app, check out their website.

Fitocracy

Fitocracy is a relatively new website for me. Fitocracy calls itself the social networking site for people who want to get fit. It has a lot of the same features as Sparkpeople - you earn points for each workout you log, and you can advance through different levels as you gain more points. There are also different challenges you can take part in, and Fitocracy also has different workout routines you can try if you want to do something different, or if you're new to working out and don't know where to start. There are also different groups that you can take part in on Fitocracy. And since it is a social networking site, you can post status messages and other people can like them or comment on them. A basic Fitocracy account is free, however if you want to access other features, such the ability to add your own exercise routines, you have to upgrade to a Fitocracy Hero account. Hero accounts cost $4.99 a month or $44.99 a year. Fitocracy also has an Android app, however it does take a while to load the exercises when you download it intially. To check out Fitocracy go to their website.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the health and fitness tools that are available to people who are trying to lose weight and improve their overall health. If you have found any other health and fitness tools that you like, I would love to hear about them.


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© 2014 Erica Martin

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Alphadogg16 2 years ago from Texas

Interesting and informative hub Emartin74. Although I prefer to keep track the old fashioned way, I was unaware of a couple of these applications. I'm sure they all are good and work great as long as you have the discipline, motivation and consistency to keep using them. Thumbs up on your hub.

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