Fitness apps to keep your hydration and fitness goals in check.
Let me set the scene for you – it was O’God thirty in the morning and I had just downloaded new app to track how much water I was drinking throughout the day. I was not fully prepared for the neat little reminder sound to drink water that apparently does not have respect for the 2:00 a.m. timeframe. I was dead asleep, blissfully dreaming of world domination – I think – and all of a sudden, I hear what sounds like a pet using the restroom. You know, the sound of water trickling slowly. Now, I don’t know about you, but ever since I became a parent, certain sounds will wake you up in the dead of night.
I sat straight up in bed, my husband not far behind, and began honing my “Spidey sense” to the location of the offensive sound and culprit behind it. I first felt around for my cat who sleeps at my feet. He was laying there staring at me like I was mad and then promptly returned to his comfortable position.
Think, think, think! I asked my husband if he had heard it too, and he nodded and began walking around the room and ventured off to our living room as well.
Now, as a mother this is not a farfetched idea – I began feeling around the bed where we sleep to see if one of us had a happy little accident. My husband walked back in and began asking what the hell I was up to and I said in a matter-of-fact tone, “Well, the sound came from somewhere – I’m just checking!” Side note, this is not an issue in our household, but I heard what I heard, ok!
So, we eventually sit in bed like two traumatized children, reeling with the idea that there is an undiscovered puddle of liquid somewhere in our room – origins unknown.
The next morning, I was making the bed and began replaying the night in my mind. Was it real? Did I hear that? Why can’t I find it? Do I need to take Focus Factor? Who am I?
I had a meeting that afternoon and had my phone in my bag and the sound hit again! Imagine, if you will, my client sitting across from me hearing this noise. Her eyes got noticeably big, and I slowly died on the inside. I quickly began telling her of my tale – was I looking for confirmation I was not Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs? Possibly.
That afternoon, I went home and opened my fitness app to begin my workout. I had my phone by my ear and the sound happened again! I grabbed it and saw a big cup on the front page with a text on it that said, “It is time to hydrate!” It disappeared within seconds.
I tapped it, shook my phone, and reopened the app a few times to try and recreate the sound. Nothing. I went back to my main page where my fitness schedule was laid out and I noticed a little icon next to my diet plan. It was a cup with a zero next to it. I touched it and there – in the most obvious way possible – was a water tracker that filled up every hour on the dot. You had to push the icon, so it counted your glass of the water for the hour.
- One, I felt ridiculous but, hey – there was a learning curve.
- Two, I immediately switched the notification to a vibration instead of sound to hydrate.
- And three, this app was pretty cool!
Since that day, I have been successful consuming the amount of water I should be and keeping track of my BMI and calorie intake, all with this little app that also has workouts built in. Although the journey to this point was one of hilarious moments, the pay-off has been amazing.
Having a fitness app keeps me focused and able to get in a workout at home. I really appreciate the ease and ability to create my owns plans and track my progress.
Would you like to try it out? Here are some the best at-home fitness apps, including the one I used to get started!
Here are some of the best at-home fitness apps to help you get started today!
- Overall: My Fitness pal
- Overall: FitOn
- Overall: Women Workout From Home
- Challenges: 30 Day Fitness Challenge
- Weight Loss: Lose Weight at Home
- Weight Loss and Water tracker: Lose Weight App for Women
- Belly Busters: Six pack in 30 Days
- Fitness Overall: Fitbod Workout & Fitness
- Budget Friendly: Daily Workout Fitness Trainer
- Best for Apple Watches: Zones for Training
- For Monitoring Nutrition: Fooducate
- Yoga: Glo
- Beginners: Sworkit
- Lifting Weights: JEFIT Workout Planner
- Mediation: Headspace
- Quick Workouts: The 7-minute Trainer