Pros and cons of using fitness apps

April 1, 2020

Everyone wants to be fit and healthy, but not everyone is willing to work for it. Oftentimes we'll see new members working out diligently for the first few months, then somehow fall behind on their exercise routines. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is no joke, and it can be challenging for some of our members.

If you're finding it difficult to stick to your workout routine, using a fitness app could help. There is a wide range of health apps available that offer something different depending on the user's needs. This article talks about the pros and cons of using health and fitness apps.

#1 Helps you track your progress

Fitness apps are great for tracking your progress, especially if you're curious about how well your training efforts are paying off. Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, or tone up, fitness apps will provide you with a progress report to show you how far along you are to reaching your goal.

#2 Create your own workout routine

Some people live very busy lives that prevent them from going to the gym. Most of them work out at home, but without the help of a professional instructor, coming up with a workout routine that works is difficult.

Fortunately, there are fitness apps that can provide you with effective workout ideas designed to match your current level of fitness. These apps will provide you with options in terms of workout intensity and frequency to ensure you achieve your fitness goals.

#3 Helps you set realistic goals

One important thing to remember when starting a workout or exercise routine is to set goals you can meet. Seasoned veterans won't have any problem meeting new workout goals because they've developed the discipline to do so. But it's another story if you're making the switch from a sedentary to a more active and healthy lifestyle.

This is where a fitness app can help. Instead of making you go through an unrealistic plan, fitness apps will guide you through the transition toward becoming active slowly but effectively. By setting attainable goals, fitness apps can help you stay motivated and positive while you work toward a healthier lifestyle.

#4 Plans out an effective diet

Diet plays an important role in fitness. It doesn't matter how much you work out or exercise. If you're not providing your body with the nutrients it needs, your entire workout routine will not work as effectively as you want it to.

Diet apps help you plan out your meals to ensure you're getting the most nutrients to complement your workout routine.

Not all fitness apps are 100% accurate, though. Apps that come with pedometers will often tell you that you should take at least 10,000 steps daily. There is still some debate about whether this figure is correct. The International Journal of Obesity released a study stating that taking 15,000 daily steps is better for reducing the risk of heart disease.

The same holds true for apps that count your calories. The Journal of the American Dietetic Association found the equation these apps used to measure basal metabolic rate (BMR) showed errors ranging from +/-111-134 calories a day. It's better to look at these numbers as estimates rather than absolutes.

Despite the apparent disadvantage of health and fitness apps, more people are using them to achieve a fitter lifestyle.

If you're looking for a convenient way of planning and scheduling your workout sessions, sign up now for the Facet Seven app. Our app will allow you to view and sign up for classes, participate in ongoing promotions, and buy class packages. What are you waiting for? Get our fitness app today.

About The Author

Layn Chess

Founder & Training Director

Layn has spent his life immersed in the worlds of fitness and physical performance. As an athlete, he’s completed multiple endurance events such as the Texas Bandera 50k Trail Run, Austria’s Ironman 70.3, and the Alaskaman Extreme Ironman. He’s been coaching since 2008 with certifications in USA Weightlifting Level 1, CrossFit Level 1, Strong First L1, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

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