FORT MYERS, Fla. When it comes to working out and getting in shape, there is no shortage of resources out there to keep you motivated, and hold you accountable to your fitness goals. But which is the best: A Fitness App for your smart phone, Sessions with a Personal Trainer, a Gym Membership? Wink News Fitness Expert Mike Drumm is here today with a closer at what will get you in the best shape, and what gives you the most bang for your buck.
There's an App for That
If you're a CrossFit fanatic - there's an app for that. Is Zumba more your thing? There's an app for that too. With 1,000s of health and fitness apps available on iTunes and Google Play, there's an app for just about for any way you can think of to get fit. The beauty of a fitness app is that it's both convenient and empowering. All it takes is a couple of clicks on your smartphone and you're in control. You can keep your routine secret or share data with social media, or get constant nagging reminders to stay on track. But can downloading an App for your smartphone really be all you need to whip yourself into shape? It depends.
Costs Vs Effectiveness: Gym Membership, App, Trainer
Let's compare the cost savings of an app to, say, a gym or a personal trainer. Considering most apps cost a buck or less, you get decent bang for the buck. I personally can't live without Tabata Interval Timer or Endomondo Fitness Tracker. Both free.
By comparison, the average gym membership will set you back several hundred dollars a year, and at an average of $60 per hour for a session, personal training doesn't exactly sound like such a budget-friendly investment. Another "plus" in favor of using an app, it will never force you to
do planks when you'd prefer to slide by with a few sets of crunches. That said - I wouldn't give up my gym membership or fire my trainer just yet. They have some advantages no app can reproduce.
Human Interaction is Key
Nothing beats actual human interaction to get you fired up and enthused about working up a sweat. There's something about running alongside another human on a treadmill or Spinning in a room full of people that can't be replicated by a phone with a post, or a text message. Joining a gym gives you access to machines, classes - in short, new ideas. These keep your body
challenged in new ways, which as you probably know, is key to continuing to see results over time. Working out in a crowd can be just what you need push yourself that much harder.
And as for that personal trainer, you know what? Maybe you should be doing those planks instead of dogging it with crunches. Sometimes a great trainer really does know best.