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Tools to help you reach your fitness goals
Are you wondering how to track your heart rate while exercising or what your target heart rate should be? Do you want to track your steps to see how many per day you get? Do you want to track your daily food intake to see how many calories you eat on average? Here are some common tools I suggest to my clients.
ACEFitness Website and Tools
The ACEFitness website offers many tools including a BMI calculator, a body fat percentage calculator, and a daily caloric needs estimate calculator.
Use the heart rate zone calculator from ACE Fitness to find your target heart rate. Read the article below the calculator for information to help you determine a healthy target heart rate zone to allow you to maximize aerobic and fat burning potential during your workouts.
Azumio offers some great fitness apps to track steps, heart rate, sleep, workouts, and glucose.
Argus: I suggest the Argus app often as a simple way to track steps using your smartphone. It will work with newer iPhones and Android phones with an accelerometer. It provides a great visual of your daily steps and even lets you track your weight progress, water intake, food, and more.
Instant Heart Rate: This app blows my mind. It uses the camera and light on your smartphone to determine your heart rate! I was skeptical too, but it works, and rather effectively.
Apple Health App: Apple iPhones now have a standard app called “Health”. It has charts you can display to view your average steps per day, week, month and year.
It syncs with other apps to track data including weight, body fat percentage, heart rate, and numerous other items you may want to track. It’s a great integration to iOS.
MyFitnessPal: This app is top rated and I suggest it almost daily to my clients as a way to track calories from food and calories burned from physical activity. It allows for quick tracking with the app, a detailed food database, and the ability to create charts to view nutrition information from average food intake. You can see how much fiber, protein, carbs, fat, and even specific nutrients you are getting daily.
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Let me know in the comments what you think after trying out these tools. What others do you recommend?