Come every January 1st, we all make a resolution to keep fit and lose weight. But by January 3rd, that resolution has been forgotten, and we find ourselves lying on the sofa all day, while eating chocolate bars and cream cakes. Willpower can be a hard thing to come by these days.
But there are websites that can help you with the whole getting fit promise. You still have to give yourself that push to actually do it, but these 5 websites will give you a prod in the right direction. Keeping fit can cover a broad spectrum of areas, not just weight lifting and tossing the caber. As you will see below.
Keep-Fit With 7 Minute Workout
So first you need to get up off that sofa and start moving. For that, you need to start doing some workouts. The one I like the most is 7 Minute Workout, because I am pretty much spent after 7 minutes, so that is a good time to aim for! The screen illustrates what you have to do, you click on the time at the bottom of the screen, which will set it t0 30 seconds, and then press play. Do the illustrated exercise until the time runs out, and then the next one will come on-screen. Rinse and repeat.
Lose Weight With Lose It!
While you’re doing all that keep-fit stuff, you need to be keeping track of your weight, as well as what foods you are eating. Lose It! is a good site for these tasks. Quite a few features are locked for Premium-only customers, but if you are just looking for a basic tracking tool, the Free plan is sufficient. Enter your weight, your target weight and it will calculate how long it will take to get there, depending on much you want to lose per week.
The one issue I have with the site is that all weights are in pounds, whereas I use kilograms. And there’s no way to switch it over. So if you use kilograms, you will need to do a quick Google conversion to get it into pounds. Slightly irritating but not a deal breaker.
Count The Calories With Calorie Counter
To maintain a healthy diet, you need to calculate how many calories you are consuming on a daily basis. Yes, the evil C word. I have found the nice simple Calorie Counter to give me the information I need. Simply enter the food type, and it will tell you the number of calories per certain weight or per slice, cup, wedge, and other methods of measurement.
Exercise The Brain With Brain Training Games
As I said in the introduction, keeping fit can cover a lot of areas, not just your usual stereotypes of sweaty muscular jocks in the gym. Keeping fit should also include mental health and keeping your brain functions sharp as a tack.
The Internet is full of quick games to play, but recently I have been using these brain training games. They come from Kongregate, and are nicely aggregated together in one group on one page. As the screenshot above shows, the games are categorized into different areas, and some of the games can be really hard, relying on brain reflexes and speed of sight.
Practice Mindfulness Meditation With Meditation For Beginners
Lastly we come to an area of health that some of you may scoff at, and it wasn’t so long ago that I would have been one of them. But several friends of mine highly recommended meditation to me, and since I normally have a “what do I have to lose?” attitude, I gave it a go. And it actually works. It’s not just humming and chanting (you can do away with all of that if you want). You mostly have to focus on clearing your mind, and relaxing your muscles.
Zen Habits has a nice point-by-point checklist of 20 practical recommendations and tips. Then when you are ready to go, check out Tina’s article on meditation tools, and my first Cool Websites and Apps article on ambient noise smartphone apps. Many new apps like Lucent and Buddhify make this ancient practice as easy as a calm breath.
So give these 5 areas a go, and see how your New Year’s Resolution to keep fit gets on. You may find yourself surprised. All you need is a bit of proper motivation, and that’s what we’re here for!
Which websites and apps do you use on a regular basis to keep fit and ensure your health is in tip-top condition?
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