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Fitness Apps: The Good and the Bad

AugQuotes JodieWhen I searched “fitness” in the App Store on my iPad, it came up with more results than I could scroll through. They ranged from apps that track your cycling information, calories, or weight loss to weekly challenges, and diet programs. I even found apps that use the idea of being chased by zombies as motivation to get up for your morning run.

With so many options, it can be difficult to know whether you should use an app, and if so, which one. There are some fantastic apps that help support you to move joyfully, eat intuitively, and foster positive body image.

There are also apps that are inherently bad; they contain poor, unsubstantiated information about exercise prescription, dietary guidelines, or body weight recommendations. And of course, thee are apps that fall somewhere in between these categories.

The Good:

1. Fitness apps can be fun and give you new ideas.
I’m not sure I’d use the “being chased by zombies” app but I know many people who would absolutely love it. Fitness should be something that is largely enjoyable and apps can provide a new dimension through games, interactions with friends, or simply the suggestion of new and exciting exercises. Other apps can provide recipes to make dinnertime something to really look forward to, or offer alterations if you have allergies to consider.

2. They can target other areas of “fitness.”
Fitness can be considered a holistic term and includes more than just how far you can run or how much weight you can lift. Yoga, Pilates, and stretching, as well as relaxation and meditation are great complements to your fitness program. There are a number of apps to help with these practices.

3. They can provide feedback.
You can use the information provided by some fitness apps to help identify areas in your diet or exercise program that may need changing. It might be that you’re no longer seeing improvements in your running distance – a sign you’re possibly over-training and need to reduce your load. Or you may see patterns in your eating behaviours, such as the tendency to binge in the evening when you’ve been busy at work and missed lunch. This feedback may help you to prioritise your health and take a break at lunchtime or have a snack on the way home.

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The Bad:

1. Fitness apps aren’t individualised.
Fitness apps, whether they focus on exercise, food, or both, are very rarely individualised. Even if the app collects information on your gender, age, height, weight, etc., computers can’t account for all the extra features and nuances that exist within the body (and mind!). This may leave you prone to injuries and poor nutritional intake, or it may reduce the effectiveness of the program. Apps may be cheaper than seeing a professional, however it’s certainly worth seeing a qualified dietitian or exercise physiologist to provide some individual advice (at least in the beginning).

2. They provide external guidance not internal cues.
An app that makes recommendations about when, how much, and what type of exercise you do or foods you eat does not teach you how to listen to your own body. Everybody is unique, and an app can’t possibly know what your unique self needs. Consistently using external cues may result in disordered eating and exercise behaviours, including under-eating, bingeing, over-exercising, and associated emotions such as guilt. In the long-term, your internal cues may be silenced and you may find it difficult to eat or exercise without guidance from the app.

3. They are often “numbers” focused.
Many people find motivation in keeping track of how far they can run, how many calories they’ve eaten, or how much weight they’ve lost. Some people are able to acknowledge these are just numbers and use them as a guide whilst still listening to and honouring their own body. For others, these numbers can become consuming and obsessive. It’s important to be aware of what these numbers represent. They don’t necessarily correlate with genuine changes in your health or fitness.

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When you begin thinking about using a fitness app, it can be helpful to consider who developed the app, who the app is designed for, and what sort of “promises” it’s making. For example, an app designed by a company whose name you don’t recognise that promises “flat abs in just 7 minutes a day” is unlikely to be as scientifically sound as an app run by a government or medical organisation.

Further, different people will respond differently to each app, whilst one app might be great for your friend, it could be unhelpful for you.

Some questions you might ask yourself are:

  • Does this app motivate me in a positive way or does it leave me feeling guilty?
  • Is this app teaching me or do I feel I am solely relying on the app?
  • Is this app genuinely improving my life and my health or am I feeling it might be leading to injuries/disordered eating/poor mental health?

Ultimately, I encourage you to use apps to support and complement your own internal cues, rather than to dictate what you should or shouldn’t be doing. Speaking to a professional, as well as using an app, can help set you up for an experience that will foster good physical, mental, and emotional health.


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We’re All Somebodies
by Megan Mottola. Originally published on Libero Network here.
Identity is an important part of us. It gives us a sense of purpose and allows people (including ourselves) to easily attach labels to us.
But with identity comes beliefs, and sometimes those beliefs aren’t the most positive. Oftentimes, we let these identities get in the way of our true selves. We forget there is more to us than just a name or a label or a thought.
For example, I grew up identifying myself as an athlete. I thought if I looked like an athlete, then I would be taken seriously. If I was this fit/thin person, then all was okay. People would look up to me. I was constantly praised for my achievements which just perpetuated the cycle of my identity, and eventually it got out of hand.
I took my identity to an extreme. I couldn’t love my body unless I was exercising or using self-destructive coping methods. I got sucked into a world of extreme body hatred. I took advantage of my identity as an athlete and used it as an excuse to self-destruct and make myself something I wasn’t.
Truth be told, I was more than an athlete. But I had quickly forgotten there was more to me than my identity and body. I based my self-worth on how my body looked and felt in regard to exercise.
It has taken me a long time (and it’s still a work in progress) to realize that I am more than the identities I give myself. I’ve always been somebody.
Without those labels, I still am somebody. Slowly giving up those identities has allowed me to see myself for what I am, purely loving myself.
I don’t have to be an athlete to love my body. (tweet)
I don’t have to workout to love my body. I don’t have to restrict myself to love my body. I just have to open my heart, embrace, and truly “be” to really see myself for all that I am.
Labels are a hard thing to steer clear of–throughout our society, we are constantly filled with information from the media and other people. Our brains are easily adaptable and quickly latch onto those things. Instead of someone suffering from anorexia, they’re considered “the anorexic.” Someone who decides to take a day off from exercise might be considered “lazy” when in fact they’re just human.
I’ve noticed with both myself and others, ignorance to the body occurs with labels and identities. Our identities cause us to become hard on ourselves and we no longer have compassion for the body. We ridicule it. People eat a cookie, and instead of thinking of it as feeding their soul, they turn right to self-hate and talking about how they have no self-control.
We allow these labels to have too much power, and as a result we get trapped in a cycle of self-hate and destruction, and sometimes we are completely unaware.
Our identities and labels can get in the way of treating our bodies properly and with gratitude. We live in a society that is about immediacy. We want results right away. We want to just love ourselves. But holding onto those labels and acting out on those labels won’t get us there.
What we need is self-awareness – the path to self-love.
What would happen if we all just let go of these identities? What would happen if we just let ourselves be as we are, raw and vulnerable? What would it be like to actuallybe with your body? To be with your body and yourself as is? It is one of the most powerful things you could do for yourself.
How would your life and relationship with your body be different if you stopped letting you identities and labels run the show?
Try to let go and let be for a day, a week. See what happens. Don’t allow your ego to take the front seat. Let love take control. Appreciate, show gratitude, embrace, and allow yourself be as real as you can get. You will be so surprised at how different things will start to feel once you begin to let go of (or lessen) the labels and identities that you or society has placed on you. Stop trying to escape and hide your bodies through these labels.
Your body isn’t going anywhere. It hasn’t given up on you, so don’t give up on it.

We’re All Somebodies

by Megan Mottola. Originally published on Libero Network here.

Identity is an important part of us. It gives us a sense of purpose and allows people (including ourselves) to easily attach labels to us.

But with identity comes beliefs, and sometimes those beliefs aren’t the most positive. Oftentimes, we let these identities get in the way of our true selves. We forget there is more to us than just a name or a label or a thought.

For example, I grew up identifying myself as an athlete. I thought if I looked like an athlete, then I would be taken seriously. If I was this fit/thin person, then all was okay. People would look up to me. I was constantly praised for my achievements which just perpetuated the cycle of my identity, and eventually it got out of hand.

I took my identity to an extreme. I couldn’t love my body unless I was exercising or using self-destructive coping methods. I got sucked into a world of extreme body hatred. I took advantage of my identity as an athlete and used it as an excuse to self-destruct and make myself something I wasn’t.

Truth be told, I was more than an athlete. But I had quickly forgotten there was more to me than my identity and body. I based my self-worth on how my body looked and felt in regard to exercise.

It has taken me a long time (and it’s still a work in progress) to realize that I am more than the identities I give myself. I’ve always been somebody.

Without those labels, I still am somebody. Slowly giving up those identities has allowed me to see myself for what I am, purely loving myself.

I don’t have to be an athlete to love my body. (tweet)

I don’t have to workout to love my body. I don’t have to restrict myself to love my body. I just have to open my heart, embrace, and truly “be” to really see myself for all that I am.

Labels are a hard thing to steer clear of–throughout our society, we are constantly filled with information from the media and other people. Our brains are easily adaptable and quickly latch onto those things. Instead of someone suffering from anorexia, they’re considered “the anorexic.” Someone who decides to take a day off from exercise might be considered “lazy” when in fact they’re just human.

I’ve noticed with both myself and others, ignorance to the body occurs with labels and identities. Our identities cause us to become hard on ourselves and we no longer have compassion for the body. We ridicule it. People eat a cookie, and instead of thinking of it as feeding their soul, they turn right to self-hate and talking about how they have no self-control.

We allow these labels to have too much power, and as a result we get trapped in a cycle of self-hate and destruction, and sometimes we are completely unaware.

Our identities and labels can get in the way of treating our bodies properly and with gratitude. We live in a society that is about immediacy. We want results right away. We want to just love ourselves. But holding onto those labels and acting out on those labels won’t get us there.

What we need is self-awareness – the path to self-love.

What would happen if we all just let go of these identities? What would happen if we just let ourselves be as we are, raw and vulnerable? What would it be like to actuallybe with your body? To be with your body and yourself as is? It is one of the most powerful things you could do for yourself.

How would your life and relationship with your body be different if you stopped letting you identities and labels run the show?

Try to let go and let be for a day, a week. See what happens. Don’t allow your ego to take the front seat. Let love take control. Appreciate, show gratitude, embrace, and allow yourself be as real as you can get. You will be so surprised at how different things will start to feel once you begin to let go of (or lessen) the labels and identities that you or society has placed on you. Stop trying to escape and hide your bodies through these labels.

Your body isn’t going anywhere. It hasn’t given up on you, so don’t give up on it.

Happy Friday! #lol #stopfitspiration #bacon

Happy Friday! #lol #stopfitspiration #bacon

"It is when the words are attached to #fitspo images that they become harmful" @lauren_b_sag #stopfitspiration

"It is when the words are attached to #fitspo images that they become harmful" @lauren_b_sag #stopfitspiration

Thanks, @allyoop237 for supporting #stopfitspiration! //
“This really bothers me. Exercise is not a punishment for what you eat or for being fat. Exercise for your health and well-being or don’t bother. I admire @stopfitspiration so much for stepping up and pointing out the disordered thinking that exists even in those who exercise and diet all the time. You don’t have to have an eating disorder to have an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise. They are  NOT punishments.”

Thanks, @allyoop237 for supporting #stopfitspiration! // “This really bothers me. Exercise is not a punishment for what you eat or for being fat. Exercise for your health and well-being or don’t bother. I admire @stopfitspiration so much for stepping up and pointing out the disordered thinking that exists even in those who exercise and diet all the time. You don’t have to have an eating disorder to have an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise. They are NOT punishments.”

We were so excited to see this former #fitspo blogger defending our cause! #stopfitspiration

We were so excited to see this former #fitspo blogger defending our cause! #stopfitspiration

#Repost from @lauren_b_sag (our our Founder & Creator of #stofitspiration)

#Repost from @lauren_b_sag (our our Founder & Creator of #stofitspiration)