The New Year brings resolutions and one of the most common is to get and stay fit. However, getting started on this and keeping the momentum going during the cold winter months can be a challenge. Thankfully there are some online tools and plans that can assist you, so by the time summer rolls around you will be ready for the beach.
As you can probably guess from the name, this is mix of online gaming and exercise. Essentially exergames are ones that keep a track of your body reactions and movement while you play, and free gaming from its couch potato image. Exergaming has been around since the 1980s and modern day examples include things like the Wii Fit, NeoRacer and Positive Gaming iDance. They represent a great way of motivating you to keep exercising simply by making it a fun activity, rather than a chore.
- Reward Plan
If you want a plan that will provide you with the motivation to stick to your fitness resolution, then the reward plan is always a good one to pick. It is ideal for those who need something in the short term to keep them going, rather than the long term promise of better health or a better body, and it involves promising yourself a treat if you complete your exercise programme for the day. Create a ‘habit loop’ in your brain, from behaviour to routine to reward, by putting your exercise equipment somewhere you can’t miss it, completing the exercise and enjoying the reward.
- Charity Miles
What could provide a better motivation to stick to your exercise regimen than knowing you are raising cash for good causes while you do so? An app like Charity Miles lets you recruit corporate sponsors for your exercise who donate for each mile you run, with the final total going to charities. The app has loads of charities to choose from, so you’re bound to find a cause close to your heart.
- Online roulette wheel
You probably don’t associate roulette with getting fit, but Ladbrokes has created a clever combination of the two. Its Online Roulette Wheel lets you spin the wheel just like you would in normal roulette, except that where it lands determines what exercise you will do – rather than whether you win cash or not. This adds an element of excitement into getting fit and prevents the whole thing turning into a predictable routine, with the variety of exercise options keeping fitness fresh in your mind.
This app offers you a wealth of information about your exercising, including your current weight levels, calories and blood pressure. It is a good motivator because it lets you see in black and white how the exercise is improving your health and your body.
Try out any of these fitness tools and plans and see how they help you stick to that healthy resolution!