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Finding a health and fitness app can be tricky, let us help you!

When setting a goal, it’s hard to figure out where to start. Whether you want to lose weight, run a marathon, buy a house, or save more money.  All take diligence and structure. So where do you start? While we can’t tell you how to save more money, we can help you with where to start for your fitness and health goals! One of our key tips for success is finding the best fitness app to help track your goals and progress. It’s important to track exercise and nutrition, that way on days when you struggle you’re reminded of the progress you’ve made.

IRG nutritionist Julie Mahler, MS, RD, CD, has some suggestions on which apps to use and why.

“I recommend any food journaling tool (whether it be an app or writing it down) that helps my patients consistently keep track of what they eat (especially when we first begin working together).  For many patients the increased awareness of food choice and portion size helps them meet nutrition goals more consistently.”

Whether hand writing in a journal or using an app, it’s important to be aware of what you’re eating that way you can make healthier choices. The whole point of these apps is to help you kick start, and stick with your plan.

But what if you stick to the plan and you’re still not seeing results?

Julie answers,”I let my patients know fitness apps can be a helpful tool and a good guideline, however they do not provide perfect information. For example, patients will come to see me after they have been using a fitness app that tracks their food intake and exercise (energy output) and the numbers indicate they should be losing weight however they are not.Typically, I have found calories consumed are under reported and exercise (calories burned) is over-reported. This is my own observation and I think some research agrees.”

While it’s not an exact science, these tools help you stay on track and keep you going. In the long run that’s what’s important.”For some people, using a pedometer app on their phone helps them keep track of daily steps. There are many free versions available. An exercise app that is fairly popular with my patients that work out at home is Sworkit.” Julie shares. So, whether you are looking to just track your mileage or figure out how many calories you’re eating, there is an app that can help you work towards your goals.

App Recommendations: 

Now that you’re armed with the knowledge necessary, choose an app and get started. Remember that it takes hard work, and is a journey. It won’t come overnight, and is a marathon. The apps listed above cover both fitness and health. Some people find better luck with different apps. So if one doesn’t work, try another!

If you have questions about our nutrition services, please call (425) 316-8046.

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Posted on January 31, 2017

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Find the Best Fitness App for You!

Finding a health and fitness app can be tricky, let us help you!

When setting a goal, it’s hard to figure out where to start. Whether you want to lose weight, run a marathon, buy a house, or save more money.  All take diligence and structure. So where do you start? While we can’t tell you how to save more money, we can help you with where to start for your fitness and health goals! One of our key tips for success is finding the best fitness app to help track your goals and progress. It’s important to track exercise and nutrition, that way on days when you struggle you’re reminded of the progress you’ve made.

IRG nutritionist Julie Mahler, MS, RD, CD, has some suggestions on which apps to use and why.

“I recommend any food journaling tool (whether it be an app or writing it down) that helps my patients consistently keep track of what they eat (especially when we first begin working together).  For many patients the increased awareness of food choice and portion size helps them meet nutrition goals more consistently.”

Whether hand writing in a journal or using an app, it’s important to be aware of what you’re eating that way you can make healthier choices. The whole point of these apps is to help you kick start, and stick with your plan.

But what if you stick to the plan and you’re still not seeing results?

Julie answers,”I let my patients know fitness apps can be a helpful tool and a good guideline, however they do not provide perfect information. For example, patients will come to see me after they have been using a fitness app that tracks their food intake and exercise (energy output) and the numbers indicate they should be losing weight however they are not.Typically, I have found calories consumed are under reported and exercise (calories burned) is over-reported. This is my own observation and I think some research agrees.”

While it’s not an exact science, these tools help you stay on track and keep you going. In the long run that’s what’s important.”For some people, using a pedometer app on their phone helps them keep track of daily steps. There are many free versions available. An exercise app that is fairly popular with my patients that work out at home is Sworkit.” Julie shares. So, whether you are looking to just track your mileage or figure out how many calories you’re eating, there is an app that can help you work towards your goals.

App Recommendations: 

Now that you’re armed with the knowledge necessary, choose an app and get started. Remember that it takes hard work, and is a journey. It won’t come overnight, and is a marathon. The apps listed above cover both fitness and health. Some people find better luck with different apps. So if one doesn’t work, try another!

If you have questions about our nutrition services, please call (425) 316-8046.

Categories: IRG Highlights, IRG News & stuff, Wellness
Tagged In: Android, Iphone, apple watch, apple. app, best fitness app, best health app, blog, blogging, fit bit, fitness app, health, irg, irgpt, lifestyle change, lose it app, my fitness pal, nutrionist, nutrition app, pedometer, physical therapy, samsung, sworkit, under armour, weight loss, work out
Posted on January 31, 2017

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