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Ask A Health Advocate: What are some ways to use technology for motivation or to enhance my workouts?

These days, there are countless wellness apps and activity tracking devices that can be used to track steps, distance, calories burned, and more. I recently asked some Health Advocate members, Facebook friends, and Twitter followers to share how they use technology to motivate themselves or make their workouts more effective.  Check out their great ideas and helpful responses!

I use Endomondo to track my walks/runs and MyFitnessPal to help keep food in check.  I also do yoga and strength training videos at home since I can’t fit the gym into my budget or day. – Cassy

I have downloaded Daily Workouts on my smartphone to help me exercise and to remind me to do the workouts. – Nora

I use Wii Fit aerobics. – Sheila

I use Pinterest to explore workout routines, but like the idea of downloading an app that can walk me through exercises and possibly track my progress. I plan to explore the apps on the market. – Tabitha

I will download the Nike Training Club app on my iPad to help with circuit workouts.  – Cele

I use the free CardioTrainer app on my Android to track my runs. – Brian

I use MyFitnessPal to track calories in and workouts done. It helps me stay on track when I am tempted, but it also helps me realize how many calories I am burning with other activities like gardening! – Juliette

I downloaded Zombies, RUN! to help motivate me by engaging my brain with a story and humor while I exercise. – Cindy

I use my phone to take pictures of the foods that I eat.  It helps me be more cautious of portions and balancing my plate. – Arai 

I’m a huge fan of The MapMyRun app…not only does it keep a history of my workouts, but it also informs me that my friends are active in the program. – Jonathan

There are so many different ways to incorporate technology into your workouts.  Whether it’s a basic pedometer, Wii Fit, or a wellness app, think about how you can use technology to improve your fitness routine.  Need recommendations about what wellness app to try? Read through our wellness app reviews!

If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more ideas!

Have a question for a Health Advocate? Email, and your question may be the topic of an upcoming “Ask a Health Advocate” column!