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As a millennial, I’ve been conditioned to look at my phone almost constantly. Technology has grown and advanced quickly, but that’s not a bad thing—we should embrace its advantages and use them to our benefit. Here are four ways technology can improve your fitness:

  1. Listening to your own playlist: Many studies show that when listening to a custom playlist, people claim to have better workouts. When the right song comes on during a tough workout for me, I can power through the last few sets. Make your playlists specific—separate for legs, upper body, cardio, interval training, etc. Exercising is tough mentally as well as physically, so give yourself a boost with a groovy playlist.
  2. Tracking Heart Rate: This is especially helpful for endurance athletes and weight loss activities. Whether you’re trying to increase your oxygen uptake or stay in your optimal fat burning heart rate zone, using heart rate monitors can help you dial in your workout to the exact temperature you need for your goals.
  3. Tracking Nutrition: Today, everyone is counting calories or macronutrients; with phone and computer apps, it’s easy to keep track of these. These programs not only help your catalog and diet, but how it fits into the grand scheme of your caloric intake and macronutrient requirements for your desired fitness goals. When working with weight loss clients, I am adamant about using a nutrition tracking app; it’s easier than a written journal and gives instant feedback. Also, the psychological power of regularly writing down what you eat is not to be underestimated.
  4. Tracking Distance/Steps: 10,000 steps a day is becoming the gold standard. Using a smart watch or pedometer is an easy way to increase your daily activity. For students or people with sedentary jobs, taking those extra steps can make a significant difference. And accomplishing small goals of steps can be pivotal in motivating someone to take their exercise routine to the next level. You have to walk before you can run!

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