Living an active lifestyle has never been more convenient. Technology has revolutionized nearly every aspect of modern life, including workout routines and health monitoring. Telehealth refers to the application of internet technology for improving health, and there are many fitness applications for telehealth. From planning your workout regimen to keeping track of calories, technology makes fitness goals realizable and easier to plan for people strapped for time.

Optimizing Routines

How much cardio you should aim for or what exercises build the muscles you hope to strengthen has largely been guesswork for average people without an exercise physiology background. Now, a simple download on your mobile phone of literally hundreds of simple exercise-planning applications places all the expertise of scientific researchers studying optimal workout plans at your fingertips. Wearable devices, like bracelets, can even monitor your real-time progress by recording heart rate and other vital measurements.

Motivating Each Other Is Easier

Apps help communicate easily. There are even social networks centered around fitness. Accountability for sticking to workout routines is a huge factor in whether people follow through on long-term fitness plans. Exchanging experiences with people working towards similar goals can help boost motivation. Online meetup groups make finding workout partners easier than ever. Many of these are centered around specific areas of interest like yoga, cycling, or CrossFit. Studies have shown that exercise programs with a strong social component are more effective than ones attempted by individuals. Gyms and fitness centers often offer discounts to members who find their services through social media.

Counting Calories and Meal Planning

The old saying goes that “bodybuilders are made in the kitchen, not the gym.” This is applicable to all health and fitness goals. What you eat is just as or more important than what you do in the gym or on the track. Monitoring caloric intake and meal preparation was once a labor-intensive practice of writing in a journal and involved significant time spent researching best eating habits. Now, all the information you could ever want is available online. A huge selection of mostly free applications not only counts calories but also records “macro” nutrient intake –- the ratio of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins which are crucial to achieving fitness goals. These apps even suggest individual meals to achieve optimal nutrition and provide recipes.

Taking a minute to browse through the online resources available for fitness enthusiasts can make all the difference in achieving your goals.