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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.

If you want more, Dave profiled some brain games Exercise Your Mind With 'Games For The Brain' Exercise Your Mind With 'Games For The Brain' It is very important to keep your brain occupied and working hard. Not constantly, of course, as we all need time off from thinking, from calculating, from forming ideas. But exercising it on a regular... Read More back in 2012, and Saikat showed you some puzzle websites 10 Websites for Puzzles, Brain Teasers and Riddles 10 Websites for Puzzles, Brain Teasers and Riddles Read More back in 2010.

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 Meditation Made Easy: Tools & Resources To Aid Your Well-Being Meditation Made Easy: Tools & Resources To Aid Your Well-Being If you have come to the conclusion that meditation is a method to calm your mind and achieve well-being worth trying, then we can help you with resources and tools. Read More , and my first Cool Websites and Apps article on ambient noise smartphone apps 5 Ambient Noise Smartphone Apps To Help You Relax 5 Ambient Noise Smartphone Apps To Help You Relax Read More . 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?

Image Credit: Yoga Dog Sitting Relaxed With Closed Eyes – Shutterstock

  1. Prosthetic Lips
    January 4, 2015 at 12:23 am

    For anyone trying to start jogging (a class of app called, "couch to 5K"), I am really enjoying "Zombies, Run!" by Six to Start (android: , don't have an iOS link). You create a playlist of your music (the 5k doesn't understand external players like Spotify, but the non-5k does), and it dims it to talk to you: new training instructions ("start slow running for 30 seconds"), a word of encouragement, or just to advance the story. There *is* a story, and the non-5k has 4 seasons available. But the 5k is just 8 weeks, and is a great way to try it out, and to get your fitness started.

  2. DonGateley
    January 3, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    MapMyWalk is certainly a good app but I wish they'd incorporate a server transaction that does the Route Wizard thing from the mobile app based on it's location. It would be so cool to hop in your car for a few minutes to a different point near where you live or work and create a route from there. The enhanced variety would be a big motivator. Being able to create your route from within the mobile app based on where you are would also greatly benefit travelers. I've tried and tried to get them to do this but the response is not encouraging.

    Perhaps if a few others did so it might get enhanced attention. :-)

  3. Shjawn Rosvold
    January 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I use My Fitness Pal and Map My Walk. The programs talk to each other, and Map My Walk sends the caloric information from my workout (walk, treadmill, exercise, etc.) to My Fitness Pal which then adds the calories burned to my daily total. The data base in My Fitness Pal is huge, so it will usually find what you're looking for quite easily. Both are free in Google Play.

  4. dragonmouth
    January 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    " Willpower can be a hard thing to come by these days."
    And that is the crux of the matter. Most people ditch their resolutions when they find out that they can't lose weight by just making a resolution and wishing the weight away. It takes a sustained effort. No site or app is going to grab you by the scruff of the neck and drag you off the couch to exercise.

    Apps and sites are meant for dilettants and wannabes. When you go to the gym, you can tell who is serious about getting/being fit and who is just playing at it. Those that are serious are exercising. The poseurs are constantly checking their pulse rate, their apps for what they should do next, carefully recording all the reps that they just did, finding just the right kind of music on their iPods. Those who are serious are dressed in just about anything that is comfortable. The wannabes are the ones in $200 exercise shoes and $400 Gucci warm ups. The serious ones do not consider their workout a success unless they sweat. The dilettants take a break any time they start to sweat lest they stain their designer duds.

    MUO constantly writing about exercise apps and sites is like middle-of-the-night TV with its constant hawking of AbRollers, AbCrushers, T25, TotalGyms, etc. Suckers buy these devices then discover that they actually have to use them for the devices to have any effect. If you notice, every device folds into a neat package that can be shoved under a bed or into a closet and that's where they all wind up, to only emerge when they are sold for pennies on the dollar at a garage sale.

    Bottom line is that if you want to lose weight, forget all the sites and all the apps and like the Nike slogan says "Just do it!"

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