How the Internet has Made Fitness Much Easier on Us
Welcome to the world of growing fitness and nutritional zeal. Not only is fitness making a comeback in today’s society, but more people are becoming health conscious in general. They are learning that their bodies will react in accordance with how they are treated and nourished.
There seems to be an increasing apprehension towards obesity (and rightfully so), from the White House to the everyday person’s house. Especially among millennials.
Although there are many concerns about the lack of physical education in the schools, programs like Let’s Move!, directed toward weight loss, are now being implemented in schools with better eating plans and food for the children.
Millions are investing into eating better by adjusting and changing their nutritional plans. The organic food market in the USA is growing rapidly. People want healthier food. They have learned that just going on a diet is not enough, but rather adjusting their goals to make a complete lifestyle change.
Fast food is also slowing declining in America. Opting to replace fast foods, prepackaged foods, high sodium and sugary snacks with healthier foods such as veggies and fruits are indicators of changes, people seem to be waking up to the dangers of such unhealthy food. And it’s no surprise, considering how much more access we have to information today. (the internet!)
Many are adopting some type of fitness plan for themselves, families, and even communities. They are individually or collectively joining fitness clubs, buying workout tapes, and combining speed walking, high intensity, and muscle strengthening workouts with yoga. In extreme cases, others are “going under the knife”, opting for weight loss surgery.
How does the internet help in all this?
Imagine having the answer to any question you can come up with at your fingertips, that’s what the internet is.
The exciting news is that automation and access to more information than any humans in history has made it easier for many to skip the confusion and begin their journey into wellness with guidance from millions of other people.
Websites are available to help track their food intake, calories, weight, measurements and give other health information that will help them on their weight loss journey.
There are sites that offer free membership and others that require a membership fees. But for the most part, any information you need is out there on the web, you just have to do some snooping around.
Let’s go over a few awesome fitness sites that offer in-depth information on many aspects of health, fitness, exercise, wellness, nutrition, supplements and more. If you’re confused, fear not, these sites are here to guide you.
Calorie intake has become another issue for many, which leads to utilizing calorie tools such as online unit converters, weight loss calculators, BMI tools, calorie scales, and burn meter machines. In addition, label reading is more popular than it has ever been. People are paying attention to the nutritional labeling on packages by checking how many calories per serving they are consuming.
The most useful part about this website is that you can enter almost ANY food into its search bar and it’ll give you all of the nutritional information for that food, such as calories, protein, fat, ingredients and so on. How cool is that?
The CalorieKing Program they offer also supports members with reaching their goals at their own pace. They offer tools that help to make the journaling of food intake and physical activity easier. The process includes using a mobile diary or direct contact with the website from the PC to relay information. A supportive community is there to help with tips, recipes, and above all encouragement. This website supports lifestyle changes, not diets.
Bodybuilding.com is all about helping those interested in building muscles, burning fat and increasing strength. They offer technology and tools to meet the goals of bodybuilding with a staff that consists of nutritionists, personal trainers, support group and lifting partners.
To help participants to reach their desired goals, Bodybuilding.com has exercise guides, using videos and photos and a database loaded with hundreds of workouts customized to meet each need. The process includes finding the right plan, completing the workouts, selecting a nutritional plan, along with supplement education, instructing which supplement is best for each person’s need.
A bodyspace workout tracker is available to help keep track of workouts.
MyFitnesspal.com offer participants tracking tools online for logging in calories burned from exercising or calories consumed from food eaten, using their mobile app or their MyFitnessPal’s free calorie counter. Recipes are available as well as a supported community, along with testimonies. Membership is free.
This site is for people who choose to add dietary supplements to their routines. While a lot of supplements are useless and not worth the money, there are plenty that are. At top10supplements they give you 10 of the best supplement options to go with based on sales, user reviews, quality, price in categories ranging from whey protein to antioxidants. It’s a good place to check out before investing any money into supps.
LIVESTRONG.COM states the following: “We believe that everyone should feel empowered through food, fitness, and inspiration; that achievements start with education and a commitment to small, daily choices; and that healthy living is essential to the prevention of cancer and other illnesses.”3
The website promotes strength, health and happiness for its members through information on diet, fitness, and nutrition. They continuously share their member’s success stories to encourage others who are striving for the same goals.
They provide tools to help members on their weight loss journey that includes My Plate food and fitness tracker, high-intensity workout videos, recipes, and a mapping tool. There is a community support system where members can encourage one another. Membership is free.
Technology’s Growing Role in Fitness and Nutrition
Technology is playing an unprecedented role with fitness and nutrition in numerous ways. Computer technologies are allowing nutritional information to be exchanged and viewed by many, where participants are able to log in and track their exercise and eating progress on a daily basis.
Tracking devices such as heart rate monitors, pedometers, activity trackers, and cell phones for downloading apps, connect together to make up a group of technology that consumers are now relying on more and more to help with their fitness goals.
An article from the The National Arts & Lifestyle website states, ” Wearable technology is one of the fastest-growing consumer electronic segments, with the global revenue for heart-rate monitors, cycling computers, activity trackers and pedometers expected to hit US$2.3 billion (almost Dh8.5bn) in 2017 (according to the health care electronic market research firm InMedica). It’s also becoming a dominant factor in fitness performance measurement.”4
The Internet has made fitness easier in that it leaves no room for excuses not to live a healthier lifestyle. With just a click of the mouse, you have immediate access to a world of information on how to create a well-balanced nutritional plan, select an appropriate workout program fitted to the specific need, and tools to keep track of daily activities. What are you waiting for?
Rick Grimes is an ex-pro soccer player who now enjoys advocating a healthy lifestyle to everyone he meets. He might even get a little annoying with it sometimes! You can usually find him blogging, reading, hiking, working out and especially at the lake, fishing!